How to Make Your Nose Look Smaller

There isn’t a woman that hasn’t heard about contouring. Luckily for you, there are many tutorials that can teach you how to contour your face like a professional and achieve a flawless look. Makeup artist Stephanie Lange made this amazing tutorial in order to show you how to make your big nose look smaller by using only makeup.

Wear some bright or bold lipstick to draw attention away from your nose

Outline your lip using a matching lip liner first, then fill your lips in with the lip liner. Apply the lipstick either directly from the tube or with a lipstick brush. Blot the lipstick with a piece of folded tissue, then apply a second coat, if necessary.

Avoid wearing heavy eye makeup

This can draw attention towards the center of your face, which in turn can draw attention towards the center of your face. Instead, consider doing a more natural looking eye makeup using neutral colors.

Fill and shape your eyebrows

Having strong, well-shaped eyebrows can help to draw attention away from your nose, while thin, wispy eyebrows may cause your nose to look bigger. Shape your brows carefully without removing too many hairs. Then, fill in any bare spots with a matching color shadow and use gel to keep the hairs in place.

Use your hair to draw attention away from your nose

Big, curly hair will draw more attention than a big nose. Another thing to consider is which way you part your hair. If you part your hair straight down the center, you are directing the eye straight down towards your nose. If you part your hair off to the side, you are drawing the eye away from the nose.

Know what hair styles to avoid

Certain hairstyles draw the focus inward, towards the center of your face. For example, large bangs that cover up your eyes will prevent people from making eye contact with you.

Choose the right accessories

Try wearing some earrings or a necklace, such as a pair of long, wide chandelier earrings or a long, chunky necklace. The sparkle will draw attention away from your nose. You can also try wearing a hat. If you wear glasses, skip the small, thin frames, and go for the larger ones. They will naturally dwarf your nose and make it appear smaller.

Understand how contouring and highlighting work

You can use makeup that is slightly darker or lighter than your natural skin tone to make your nose appear slimmer. Keep in mind, however, that it won’t physically make your nose smaller. Also, if you have a very long nose, contouring will not make your nose look shorter in side view.

Choose the right shading and highlighting makeup

You can use powder or cream-based makeup, but many people find powder easier to blend and work with. You can use special contouring and highlight makeup, or you can use matte eye shadow. Avoid anything with shimmer in it, or your skin will look shiny instead.

Get the right tools and brushes

You will need some brushes to apply the makeup. If you are using a powder-based makeup, choose a soft-bristled brush. If you are using a cream-based makeup, choose a brush with stiffer bristles.

Apply some primer and foundation

The primer will help minimize any pores, and the foundation will give the contouring makeup something to grip onto. It will also make it easier to blend and even out skin tone.

Start by applying the highlighter

Use an angled brush to draw a thin line down the center of your nose. Try not to make the line too thick, or your nose will look wider than it actually is. Start at the top of your nose, and continue down to the tip. Do not curve under the tip, however.

Blend and soften the highlight

Set aside the angled brush, and pick up the blending brush or sponge. Gently run the brush down the center of your nose, to either side of the highlight. You are just softening any harsh edges; you are not widening the highlight or blending it out.

Use shadow to slim down a wide nose

Use a clean, angled brush to draw the shadow from the inner corners of your eyes down towards the tip. Use a blending brush to blend the shadow upward towards the highlight.

Apply shadow under the tip of a long nose to make it look shorter

Start by drawing the shadow down either side of your nose. Then, extend the shadow under the tip of your nose, just above the nostrils. Be sure to blend the “bottom” shadow up towards the tip of your nose.

Know how to work with a nose that is wider at the bottom, or bulbous

Begin by drawing the shadow from the inner corners of your eyes down towards the tip of your nose. Curve both lines under the tip to form a small “U” or downward arrow shape. Try not to make it too pointy, or your nose will look unnatural. Instead, try to match the width of the “U” to the width of your nose’ bridge.

Use shadow to make a crooked nose appear straighter

Crooked noses can sometimes appear large, even if they are small to begin with. Draw the shadows down either side of your nose. Start at the inner corners of your eyes, and end just at the tip. Instead of following the contour of your nose, try to make the lines at straight as possible in the mirror.

Use a soft blending brush to blend your work

Run it down the sides of your nose, right between the highlight and shadow. This will soften any harsh lines. Next, feather the shadow towards your face. Do this by brushing across the side of your nose, starting just next to the highlight, and going towards the side of your face.

Dust on some setting powder over your nose and face using a large, fluffy powder brush or a kabuki brush

This will set the contouring makeup and prevent it from shifting. It will also help soak up any excess oil. Try to use a translucent powder, or one that matches your skin tone. Avoid using anything shimmer, or your nose will look oily. If you notice any excess powder on your nose, use a clean brush to lightly dust it off.

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