Nowadays, there are lots of crazy contouring tutorials out there, however, for most women marking up their face like an art project doesn’t really appeal to them.
If you are one of those women, don’t dismay, because you can still get a sculpted look with a more natural finish.
The nose, of course, is one of the trickiest features to get right. If you go too far, you run the risk of looking like you’ve contoured your nose, which is basically the opposite effect that you’re going for.
So to avoid common contour casualties and mistakes, we’re going to take a look at the best ways to contour your nose without looking like you’ve done so.
How do you contour your nose step by step?
The first step in contouring your nose includes choosing your contour product.
It’s recommended that you avoid contouring with a bronzer since it is formulated with a warm hue which may not look natural unlike a natural shadow on all skill tones.
Instead, it’s recommended that you look for something more neutral with a grayish hue. This ultimately looks more natural than using a bronzer.
Instead of drawing a line on either side of the nose, it’s recommended that you put a series of dots.
So once you’ve got a few dots lined up on either side of the nose, smudge them together vertically and this creates a more natural cast than a harsh line. This step should be performed on both sides of the bridge of your nose.
In step 3, you’re going to contour the tip. In order to get a more sculpted look, you need to add a little bit of contour to the tip of the nose.
Think of contour as a shadow and not as a color or bronzer. You should not be able to see lines or any type of redness.
In step 4, you need to intensify the color. If a natural shadow is too subtle for you, then retrace the lines you created in steps one, two, and three with powder contour.
However, it’s key that you remember to do it little by little. It’s much easier to apply more contour than to erase too much product.
How do you contour your nose profile?
When preparing to contour your nose, you should start with your usual beauty regime. So cleanse, tone, moisturize, and use a primer before applying your foundation.
The next step is to find your light. The easiest way to create a seamless contour is to highlight first. You can do this by using a concealer that is a shade or two lighter tighter than your natural skin tone.
Always start with the bridge of the nose and then apply a thin line of concealer down your nose with a small brush. Please note that you need to stop before you reach the tip.
The next step is to blend. In order to soften the stripe, you need to blend out the concealer down the sides of your nose, you need to use a beauty blender to soften the lines.
The next step is to shade the sides. You can do so using a concealer, foundation, or even eyeshadow but ensure that it is two shades darker than your base but in the same undertone.
Use the tip of a clean beauty blender to shade straight down the inner corner of your eye to the tip of your nose. Repeat this step on both sides of the nose.
In the next step, you need to blend again. Blend until you achieve a flawless and natural finish. Finish off the contouring with powder and blush as you would normally do.
If you’d like to enhance your look even further, try a product with a bit of shimmer. This can be applied to the tip of your nose and your cheeks as well to highlight and give you a healthy natural glow.
How do you contour a long nose to make it smaller?
Start by preparing your face. This includes creating a base by applying your favorite foundation and concealer.
A bright highlight will help reshape the appearance of your nose. So opt for a creamy highlighter that’s not too shimmery and draw a line down the center of the nose then blend it out with your fingertip.
Start off with a cream contour color, and pick a shade that is natural. You may also choose to blend and mix multiple colors together to create a custom shade.
The palette is perfect for transforming the look of your nose in addition to providing coverage. So do dip a thin nose contour brush into the color that’s one to two shades darker than your skin tone and paint lines on either side of your nose.
The closer together you place the lines, the narrower your nose will look.
While it’s tempting to leave hardly any space between the lines, bear in mind that you want it to natural as well. Use a blender to blend out the lines. The sponge will help to soften your contours and prevent it from looking too harsh.
In step four, you need to finish up the look with powder.
To keep the contour and highlighting in place, simply sweep some setting face powder over your nose.
One of the best ways to create a balance is to use the same colors to shade other parts of your face as well. This is especially if aiming to make your nose appear smaller.
So continue to contour your forehead, and cheekbones. Follow with an illuminator and apply it to your cheekbones and cupid’s bow to help keep your complexion a beautiful glow.
How to make your nose look shorter?
Although this might sound absurd, you can shorten the look of your nose using contour powder.
Use a concealer brush to place the powder on the tip of your nose and go around the curves of your nostrils. Darken the end of your nose to visually raise the tip and create a shorter appearance.
How to make your nose look straighter?
In order to give your nose a straighter appearance, you need to follow the same guidelines used to make your nose looks slimmer.
However, the difference is that instead of drawing lines that follow the natural shape of your nose, draw two straight lines that ignore your nose’s actual shape.
Stick with an objective illuminator to highlight and draw attention and light away from the uneven shape of the nose.
What do you use to contour your nose?
There are several different products that you can use to contour your nose. A darker foundation, concealer, sculpting powder, matte bronzer as well as a shade or two of your color palate will all work.
Cream products can also be used to contour, however, powders are easier to work with especially if you’re a beginner.
Can I just contour my nose?
Yes, anyone can contour their nose or any other part of their face for that matter.
It is all a matter of knowing exactly what type of look you are after, having the right products and tools, and of course learning how to contour like a professional.
While contouring your nose, won’t change the shape or size of it, it definitely will help you feel more confident when going out amongst people.
There are also many different ways to contour and many different products to use while contouring. So why not go ahead and have a little fun trying all of the different contouring tips and tricks out there until you find the one that’s right for you.
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