How to Contour Nose for Beginners

Nose Contour

One of the easiest ways to shorten your nose is to use contouring makeup. It’s not a difficult makeup routine and once you get the hang of it, you can easily trim your nose with no surgery, pain, or risk.

In this article, you will learn the “tips of the craft” from some talented beauty experts. Makeup is an art and there is no way to do it all. That is why I have picked up different methods from different beauty experts. This gives you more options for applying makeup.

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Karen Clough, a beauty blogger at Little Beauty Blog, suggests that you try the following makeup routine to shorten your nose:

What will you need:

Nose Contour

A special highlighter or glowing concealer with a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone – avoid glitter products as you don’t want your nose to be shiny

Contour cream or powder a few shades darker than your natural skin tone. You can buy kits that contain different hues of highlighter and contour cream and powder

Beauty sponge / mixer or primer brush

2 small powder brushes or fluffy eye shadow


What should you do:

Prepare your skin before applying contour products. Use a mattifying primer, then apply a primer, ideally with a beauty sponge / mixer or primer brush. Then adjust everything with powder.

Start where the eyebrows and nose meet. Use the contour shadow to use a small, fluffy brush to draw a soft line on either side of your nose and buff the product into the skin to smudge the sharp lines. The closer you get these lines to the center of your nose, the thinner your nose will appear. It is important that the shadow is coming from your eyebrows, not the bridge of your nose, to create a natural outline.

Nose Contour 3

Using the highlighter / concealer shade and another small, fluffy brush, fill in the gap in the center of your nose and stop before you reach the tip of your nose. Use your contour brush to apply crisp lines between dark and light shades for a seamless finish.

Again, take the outline shadow on the tip of your nose with your outline brush and wrap it around the sides of the tip to meet the vertical lines you drew earlier. Blend it with the brush to soften the harsh lines. The darker tip creates the illusion of a shorter nose. To increase this effect, you can use a contour powder that is lighter than your skin tone to shape your septum and nostrils and blend it into the junction of your nose with your upper lip. Go subtly to keep the bottom of the nose from looking a little dirty!

Make sure the look is seamless and there are no sharp lines. If the outline looks too obvious, use the makeup sponge or foundation brush you used to prep your base to buff it and lighten the product. Do not add additional primer with a brush or sponge. The remaining product is enough to soften the lines.

Take a step back from your mirror and look at your entire face. While doing this, check if the outline looks natural. Adding a contour to the forehead and cheekbones can make the entire face look more even.

Stephanie Young, makeup artist at Enlightened Styles, suggests trying the following:

What will you need:

Nose Contour 2

Your usual foundation, foundation and corrector

Mark 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation

Thin contour brush

Beauty sponge or chubby brush

Contour 1 to 2 times darker than your foundation

Translucent powder

Makeup setting spray

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What should you do:

Preparation – Be sure to apply foundation, standard foundation, and concealer to your face before contouring.

Highlight – Apply a shade 1 to 2 shades lighter than your original foundation in a line just across the bridge of your nose with a fine contour brush (be careful not to stretch all the way) and Mix with a Beauty off sponge mixer or chubby brush.


Contour – Using a shade 1 to 2 times darker than your foundation, apply a small amount to the tip of your nose, working around the curves of your nostrils. To refine your nose, you can apply a thin line on both sides (the closer the lines, the thinner your nose will appear). Mix with the sponge or brush to soften.

Adjustment – Slide an adjusting powder to hold makeup in place. You can use a translucent powder all over or a lighter color on the highlighted area and a darker powder on the contoured areas. Spray with makeup spray.

It takes practice and it helps if you take a few selfies before you go to make sure everything goes well together.

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