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!