How To Contour Nose: Step-By-Step Tutorial

by Kirrily Santos
Contour your nose in these easy steps

Here’s a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to contour your nose like a pro

Let’s talk about that one area that makes each of us or has made each of us conscious atleast once – your NOSE. If you’ve ever found yourself looking into the mirror and wondering how to make your nose smaller, more defined or narrower, know that there are steps you can adopt that’ll have your seal of approval. Your nose is just as beautiful as the rest of you, even if you’re not 100% happy with it. And while you can’t alter the shape of your nose with the snap of your fingers, you can use makeup to alter its appearance temporarily.

That’s right! Let Cinderella keep her fairy godmother to herself, because you have something equally cooler and magical – it’s makeup! Makeup lets you change your look with just a flick of the brush. From getting a chiselled face to making your lips look bigger to getting volumized lashes—anything is possible, but with the right technique. 

Since there are lots of crazy contouring tutorials out there, it can make you feel overwhelmed especially if you don’t want your face looking like an art project. Well, we’re here to tell you that you can still get a sculpted look with a more natural, real-life finish. 

Today we’re giving a fresher’s course in nose contouring. Find a step-by-step tutorial on how to contour your nose with makeup, but remember, your nose will look gorgeous whether you decide to contour it or not.

Let’s start with the basics!

What is Nose Contouring?

Nose contouring is a technique that helps create the illusion of a differently shaped nose using makeup. For example, by using a concealer that’s a shade or two darker than your skintone, you can create natural shadows down the sides of your nose that’ll help narrow it. It can be complemented with some highlighter on the tip and bridge of your nose, further giving the illusion of a narrower, defined nose shape.

Choose the Right Contour Product

When contouring your nose or any part of your body, always make sure you use the right shade that matches your skintone. Although you will be using a darker shade to contour, it’ll still need to seamlessly blend into your skin. To make this easy, opt for contour palettes that cater to your specific skintones. For a basic nose contour look, a deeper shade is ideal if you’re using it for shadowing or low lighting while a lighter shade can be used for highlighting. However, do ensure, both shades need to suit your complexion.

Once you’ve got your products in place, it is time to start contouring!

Always, Always Prep

We’ve said it before, we’re saying it now – prep and prime are the basics of any makeup routine. For a flawless finish, prepping and priming are the basics. For this, you can use a primer of your choice and follow it with a matte foundation, since your nose tends to get oily throughout the day. Just make sure you set it all with a translucent powder to eliminate any shine.

Dot it Down

Rather than drawing a line on either side of the nose, we recommend drawing a series of dots using your darker contour shade. This trick is useful especially if you feel acing a straight line at the first try won’t be successful. Once you have a few dots lined up vertically on either side of the nose and around your nostrils are shown in the image, smidge them together, this tends to create a more natural cast than a harsh line. Be sure to perform this step on both sides of the bridge of your nose. You can use a brush or you can use a damp makeup sponge.

Highlight it Out!

You can help reshape the look of your nose with a lighter contour shade and draw a line down the center of your nose. For this, you can start between the brows and line straight down to the tip of your nose. Do note, the thinness of this line will depend on how narrow you’d like your nose to appear.

before and after nose contouring

It’s Time to Blend

Once you’ve outlined your lines and dots using your contour shades, it time to do some blending. Use a damp blending sponge or a contouring brush to blend out any harsh lines and to ensure everything looks seamless and natural along the sides of your nose. Use tapping motions as you don’t want to move the contouring shades all over your face by swiping.

Make sure to use tapping motions with the makeup sponge. You don’t want to move the contouring product across the face by swiping.

Quick Tip: Since not all of us have a straight nose tip, you’ll notice that it may look more prominent after you’ve blended in your contour. So, if you happen to have a rounded nose or a larger nose tip, you might want to skip the highlighter on your nose and instead follow this contouring trick – add a little contour to the tip of your nose and blend it well to make it look more small.

Set it Up

If you want to ensure your beautiful contouring stays in place, set it with powder. For this, you can use loose powder.  Using a makeup sponge, apply the face powder down the center of your nose and let it sit for about five to ten minutes, for the powder to “bake” into the skin. While you let this process go, you can continue with glamming up the rest of your face. Then take a big, fluffy powder brush and dust away any excess loose powder.

A Few More Tricks for You!

  • If you want to make your nose look thicker, all you need to do is make a simple adjustment to the aforementioned steps. Start by placing the lines of your contour further apart and fill in the space between with a highlighter. The larger the highlighted space, the wider your nose will look.
  • If you want to make your nose look straighter, you can simply follow the steps above used to make your nose slimmer. The major difference is that instead of drawing lines that outline the shape of your nose, you have to draw two straight lines that ignore your actual nose shape. And for your highlight, stick with a reflective illuminator, which will draw attention away from the shape of your nose.
  • If you want to make your nose look smaller, take some contour powder and use a concealer brush to place it on the tip of your nose while also going around your nostrils. Darkening the end of your nose can help raise the tip, visually, for a shorter appearance.

There you have it! You don’t need to be a makeup artist to try nose contouring. It’s really one of those things where practice makes perfect. The more you start incorporating it as part of your daily makeup routine, the better and quicker you’ll get at it.

Were these nose contouring tips helpful to you? Leave us a comment and do share this post with your friends too!

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