Contour your nose!
June 20, 2012

This is a super quick tutorial to show you how to contour your nose. I love  facial contouring because it adds dimension to the face helps to define the area…..especially in photos. There are many, many different methods of contouring and I will be showing more in the future!!  In the meantime, f you feel that you want to make your nose look smaller, longer or shorter-this is the tutorial for you!  Here is the before on the left and the after on the right where I made it appear slimmer and longer…:

I did one for ya in black and white just in case you have a hard time seeing the difference in color:

Prettttty cool huh? And this is light contouring!-I didn’t even use a true bronzer…..I used an eyeshadow about two shades darker than my skin tone. BTW-I would recommend using matte bronzers because you want the contouring on your nose to be subtle and natural….not like a shimmer explosion.  Ok so here is what you do.  First ,you have to remember what we talked about here in my post about quick facial contouring ….when you apply dark colors it makes those features recede…when you apply light colors or hightlights it brings those features forward.  So-I want two things: make my nose thinner and longer.

To make it thinner:

Pick up some bronzer  on a big fluffy brush.  Apply it down either side of the nose–the more you “shade” with your bronzer, the more those parts will recede.  Now take a highlight and place it allllll the way down the nose on the bridge–just be careful not to make the highlighter any wider than you want your nose to be—remember that highlighting something brings that part forward.

To make it longer:

When you place the bronzer along the sides, extend it up into the brow area on either side.–Also apply a highlight down the bridge and extend it all the way up to where the highest point of the brows is.

To shorten a long nose: 

Darken the tip of the nose.  You can make the nose thinner and shorter at the same time if you put bronzer along either side all the way down and then on the tip of the nose.

In each of these looks, don’t forget to blend a little-you don’t want to look like a zebra with stripes!!! Happy Contouring!!!


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  1. I like this very much and would like to apply this make up for myself and pass it on to my 3 daughters.

    Thanks a lot,


  2. Have you given any thought to playing with your lashes and mascara and eyeliner colors? Some looks are prettier with a lighter lash and line. dramatic lashes can get boring and might not do justice to a great look. I love everything you’ve done so far. Have fun experimenting! :)

    1. Chelsea- There will be many more looks to come and I will definitely be changing up the look with some different lashes and liners :) Thanks so much for commenting!

  3. great advice! I’m going to “thin” out my nose tomorrow!! :)

  4. Tried this today. Didn’t know putting on my makeup could be this fun! And I used a sparkly eyeshadow for my highlighter… just for fun :)

    1. Yay!!! Happy to hear this Lacy!

  5. would you recommend using a shimmer powder or a matte powder that is lighter than my skintone as a highlighter? would both work? i have oily skin!

  6. Hi Sara! Both will work well as long as it is thin shimmer! I often use matte powders that are lighter than the skintone on clients that don’t want the “glow” that shimmer provides. But on myself, I love a glow so I use my Vincent Longo Luminous!

  7. What about contouring to hide a hump on the bridge of my nose?

    1. Hi Abriana! To hide the bump on your nose and fake straightness, take your bronzer all the way down the center of the nose!

  8. you look like taylor swift

  9. Thanks for showing us how to do this! Your eye makeup is gorg! Can you do a how to on that too?!?