Many women are self-conscious about the size of their noses. Whether you consider your nose too flat, too broad or too long, it can make you feel insecure. Using simple makeup techniques of contouring and highlighting, you can de-emphasize a prominent nose and help balance your facial features. Does this Spark an idea?
StepsWash your face. It's always good to start with a clean, dry face before applying makeup. Choose a face wash formulated for your skin type, apply gently all over wet face and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry and apply moisturizer, if needed. Avoid putting moisturizer on your nose; you want it to be as matte- and shine-free as possible.
Apply an even coat of liquid foundation. To begin the contouring process, it's helpful to begin with an even-toned canvas. Apply liquid foundation suited for your skin type all over your face, using your fingers or a damp makeup sponge.
Set your foundation with a loose powder. Not only does the powder help your foundation last longer it also helps soak up excess shine and oil. Add more powder around the nose to keep it shine-free for longer.
Use a highlighter. Apply the highlighter directly to the top of your nose and along the bridge. For best results, start at the tip of your nose and work your way up to the middle of your eyebrows. This makes the tip of your nose the brightest part of your face, which will help downplay the size of the bridge.
Apply bronzer to contour. To downplay a wide or broad nose, use a color that is one shade darker than your natural skin tone. Starting at the inner eyebrows, draw a straight line down each side of your nose on either side. End the line at the tip of your nose. This creates a slimming effect, visually centering the eye on the bridge of your nose and de-emphasizing its width. If your nose is long, you can also add a bit of dark bronzer or foundation directly to the tip, which visually shortens it. The Beauty Bunny website warns against applying too much bronzer around the nose. It may cake up around the nostrils and end up looking unnatural.
Style your hair in ways that de-emphasize your nose. Hairstyles with lots of volume and fullness help frame the face and soften your features. Avoid tiny curls around the face, which can make the nose seem bigger. Avoid middle parts and long bangs, which point directly to your nose.