Makeup Tutorial: How To Contour Your Nose

Want a taller, more defined nose? Forget surgery and learn how to master the art of contouring!

Before and After Contouring The Nose



What To Use

A brown eyeshadow or contour powder that is one shade or two darker than your skin tone. Make sure you use a matte/satin formula for the most natural effect. You can also use a cream foundation or concealer.

A product I recently fell in love with is Smashbox Step-by-step Contour Kit (review to come shortly) but I also love MAC Pro Sculpt and Shape powders.




Where To Apply

Remember light colors will highlight features, emphasize and make them larger/more prominent, while dark colors will shade, create shadow, minimize, reduce/recede features and create the illusion of depth.

To make your nose appear taller and more slender, you want to place the contouring color along the sides of the nose and the highlighting color on the bridge.

MAC makeup senior artist Victor C also recommends applying a brown eyeshadow (he loves MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow) on the crease and dragging it towards the inner corner right by the nose to create the illusion of a higher bridge.

For those with really dark skin tones, beauty guru Sam Fine has this tip: Instead of applying a darker color on already dark-colored skin, you lighten the surrounding areas to create the illusion of depth.


How To Contour


Step 1. Using a small angled brush like the Angled Crease Brush in EcoTools 6 Piece Eye Brush Set, apply the contouring color starting from the beginning of the brow. Drag it downward to the side of the nose and all the way to the tip.



Step 2. Blend with a fluffy brush like EcoTools Blush Brush until there are no harsh edges.



Step 3. Apply the highlighting color down the bridge of your nose to make it really pop. I am using Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 2 Luminous Ivory here.



Step 4. Blend well.

Voila! A taller nose bridge!

Want more tips to help you master the skill of contouring? Check out the MAC PRO Sculpting The Face Master Class Makeup Demonstration by Victor C and the Basics on Contouring and Highlighting.

How do you contour your nose? What products are your HG? Tell us!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

24 COMMENTS

  1. which lashes are these?? they look SO good! i would love to get them
    please let me know and also, how do you get that bottom lash line to look like that ? i dont want to really pluck or cut my lower lashes so wondering about that too

    • Thanks =) I’m using a Taiwanese brand (they are definitely the best!)

      I didn’t do anything to my bottom lashline so I don’t really understand what you mean.

      • u sooo have to put some up for sale somehow. figure out a way!! lol seriously

        i have a predominant lower lash line – i’m south asian – but i’m always after this look for the eyes so i even apply mascara to justtt the top lashes but the result is not as perfect as what you’ve done here. thats why i was wondering how u made you lower lash line look like that (ie not many hairs there at all !!)

        • I was selling them a while ago but got busy so I stopped. I will set up a store soon I promise =)

          Lucky you! I actually hated that my lower lashes are almost non-existent *lol* For the “look” above, I did not wear any mascara and I applied concealer all the way up to the lashline.

          • Handy tutorial! You have a lovely nose by the way!

            I too am interested in the false lashes you’re using. I have a hard time finding ones that look good. I’d really appreciate a link or the name of the brand so I could track it down. Thank you ^^

  2. I really love your blog and reviews, this is really well put article, with review of the product and useful information that could be helpful for everyone . It is very important to know the shape of your face, and knowing how to contour your face, you can create optical illusion of bigger, taller, smaller nose, you can achieve optical illusion of a longer, or wider shaped face, and this is also true for the eyes and lips. Well done, keep up the good work!

    Regards
    Beauties Factory UK

    • Hi Aira,

      I was definitely wearing foundation in this tutorial and it’s most likely the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

    • Hi Reeka,

      If I’m using a powder to contour (as pictured above), I normally do it after foundation. Alternatively, you can just use a darker cream/liquid foundation on areas that require contouring then set with a translucent powder.

  3. I have used the nose right tool which is help to make nose smaller. I find them very helpful when it comes to slim the nose without surgery or make up.

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