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How To: Slim Your Nose with Makeup

Rhinoplasty is one of the top five most common plastic surgery procedures performed each year. The good news is makeup can be an effective way to slim your nose instead of choosing to go under the knife.

Plastic Surgeons say Kate Middleton has the most requested nose.

Using Makeup to Create the Illusion of a New Nose

What You’ll Need

Contour Powder/Cream

You can use a product made specifically for contouring, or try a foundation 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone. Matte cool toned, brown eyeshadow can work just as well too. If you’re a makeup beginner, I recommend starting out with a powder product vs cream.

My favorite contour products are Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder, and Senna Cosmetic’s Contour kit (cream). The contour shades are perfect for giving off  a shadow color, which is exactly what you want your contouring to look like.

Do NOT use bronzer. Bronzer is too warm to act as a contour color and your results will not look natural.

.Senna Cosmetics Sculpting Kit: Perfect for Contouring


I prefer a matte highlighter when contouring noses because it looks more natural. An off white/nude eyeshadow can work well, but my favorite highlight is a lighter foundation color. Try a color 2-3 shades lighter than your skintone. If you’re going for the popular Instagram nose, use a shimmer highlighter such as Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer or Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators.


Angled Brush

An angled brush works great for sculpting noses. Keep it small  and firm so that you have more control over where your product ends up.



Fluffy Blending Brush or Sponge

For blending your contouring. I prefer the Beauty Blender sponge to soften lines.  A thin, fluffy brush works well too.

How To: Slim a Wide Nose

Step 1: Applying your foundation before or after your contour is a personal preference. I like to contour after I’ve done foundation because I feel like I have more control over what the end result will look like.

How to Contour Your Nose

Step 2:  Dip your angled brush into your contour powder/cream/eyeshadow and draw a line down each side of your nose. Keep it light. It’s easier to build product than to take it away. (Check out the diagram above to get an idea about where to place your lines).

Contour placement depends on the shape of your nose! Use these guides to discover the proper product placement:

If your nose is consistently wide all the way up, carry your line to the bridge of the nose. Blend into the tip of your eyebrow for a seamless transition.

If your nose is wider at the bottom, draw a small line outward when you get to your nostrils.

If the tip of your nose is wide or bulbous (I hate that word!), draw a “down-facing arrow” once you reach the bottom. This will give the illusion of a slimmer tip.

Step 3: Clean off your brush, or get a new one.

Step 4: Dip your brush into your highlighter powder/cream/ eyeshadow and draw a slender, subtle stripe down the center of your nose. (See Diagram).

TIP: If the bottom or tip of your nose is wide, only take your highlight half-way down.

Step 5: Take a clean fluffy brush or makeup sponge and blend your lines (try not to blend them together though). Blend until you can’t see a “line” anymore; just subtle shadows. It should look natural! Blend Blend Blend!

 If you have followed the directions correctly, you should notice a subtle change in your nose. Let me know if it worked for you, or if you have any questions!

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  • Reply Nie Attunaga March 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    nose right great tool for make nose smaller without any surgery and make just only try to wear nose right tool.

  • Reply Barbaraa March 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Great and complete guide….thanks. I’ve had surgery, however my nose was left too wide above the nostrils, center nose. I’m aware of what has to be slimmed, but part has to be blended on sides working into part of face closest nose. I have fair skin, so I bought a darker foundation, Cover Girl, Tawny Fauve, kind of bronzy which I don’t like blending on side of nose for fear of contrast with my fair skin. Is there a drugstore product that you can suggest that has stay on power? Needless to say that after the expense and pain of the surgery that I have to resort to this, so any help will be appreciated. Thanks again, Barbara Please do not post my email

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey March 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Barbara, For contouring I prefer to use shades that are a little more grey than bronze, especially if you’re fair. Like I said in the article, the most natural contour looks like a shadow, not a bronze stripe. Is the CoverGirl foundation you bought a cream, liquid or powder? Try checking out NYX’s taupe blush.L’Oreal also has a pretty good contour color in their infallible pro contour kit. Hope this helps! Keep me posted on how this works for you.

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