“It adds character” can feel like a bit of a backhanded compliment, one that every woman with a prominent nose has had to hear at least once in her lifetime. If you hate yours and want to slim it down, but can’t quite muster up the courage to undergo a painful and expensive surgical procedure, here’s the good news: it’s actually really easy to get a perfectly proportioned nose without the hefty price tag. You just need to grasp a handful of clever, but seriously simple, makeup techniques that create the illusion of a smaller, slimmer nose.
“We’ve all got features that we like to play up, and features we might possibly like to play down,” says the A-listers’ favorite makeup guru, Charlotte Tilbury, who counts Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian as clients. “But with some clever makeup tricks, it is possible to maximize your best assets.”
If you’re a fan of YouTube beauty tutorials, you know that everyone has their own favorite techniques for contouring. Dubai-based makeup artist and beauty blogger Huda Kattan has been known to try some crazy but clever tricks, like using sellotape and rulers to paint on different shades of concealer in neat lines, which she then carefully blends with a makeup sponge.
Tilbury, meanwhile, favors a more traditional approach, using a series of brushes, buff powders, and concealers on the nose. But whatever your preferred technique, what’s certain is that contouring is much quicker, easier, and has infinitely less of an ouch-factor than a surgical nose job. “Shading to reshape your nose is a trick that I’ve used on loads of actresses and models,” adds Tilbury. “It’s fantastic to give you that perfect nose. It only takes a minute, and will instantly make your nose look slimmer.”
Want to give it a go? Avoid any contouring catastrophes by following Savoir Flair’s three simple steps.
Apply your regular makeup – foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, and whatever else you usually wear. Then, you need to apply a line of highlighter down the center of your nose to help narrow it. Stop before you reach the end, but then add a little spot of highlighter right at the tip of your nose – this will give the illusion of an upturned nose.
SF Tip: Don’t start with a highlighter that’s too shimmery as it will make your nose look shiny. Instead, choose a creamy concealer like Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘The Retoucher’, which has a built-in brush for blending and comes in a choice of ten different shades. Go for a color that’s a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Retoucher’
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Next, dip a small flat brush – an eyeshadow brush would be ideal – into a matte-brown powder. Try one like the Kevyn Aucoin ‘The Sculpting Powder’, which comes in light, medium, and dark shades. Choose one that’s slightly deeper than your natural skin color and buff it onto the skin in a straight line down one side of your nose, from underneath your eyebrow to the edge of your nose. Repeat on the other side, keeping the line as narrow and straight as you can.
SF Tip: Tap off any excess powder on the brush before you apply it to your nose. This will give a softer result and stop any particles of powder from ruining your makeup. Apply it sheer and build up the color, rather than applying in one heavy, thick line.
Kevyn Aucoin ‘The Sculpting Powder’
Use a blending sponge or brush to carefully blend the paler line of highlighter with the darker sculpting powder – just enough so that there are no harsh lines. Buff the darker shadow at the tip of your nose so the lines meet; this will help accentuate the upturned-nose effect.
SF Tip: Once you’ve finished blending, it’s time to add a touch of highlighter, like the Wander Beauty ‘Catch the Light Highlighter’, down the center of your nose to add luminosity and accentuate the slimming effect. Just be sure to add only a tiny amount to avoid looking sweaty. Now step back, look in the mirror, and say hello to your new nose!
Wander Beauty ‘Catch the Light Highlighter’
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