Makeup tips to make a nose look smaller

What do Sarah Jessica Parker and Barbara Streisand have in common? Well, they are very talented and wonderful women. Another thing they have in common is that a big nose denotes their style. They have decided not to worry about those conventional and boring canons of beauty where a profiled nose is necessary to be considered beautiful. They have said goodbye to nose fascism, and they look comfortable, happy, and gorgeous.

However, if you want to go step by step, there are certain makeup tips that will help you hide the size of your nose. Say goodbye to the idea of undergoing cosmetic surgery. If the Kardashians have taught us something with their highly complex makeup techniques, everything is possible with the correct technique.

Today we will show you the two fundamental makeup tips to hide a big nose.


Contouring is an ancient technique that many people perform on a daily basis without knowing it. When you put bronzer on your cheeks to highlight your cheekbones, or when you use a slightly darker base on the double chin to hide it, you are contouring your face; that is, changing certain features of your face from the emulation of shadows. Although it may seem very difficult, it is actually quite easy.

To hide a large nose, you should only apply a contour frame around and along the tip of the nose, depending on whether it is wide, long, extended, or with a prominent septum. Later you will blend the shadow with a foundation and bronzer so that you end up with a natural look.

Always remember to comply with the basic steps for contouring:

  • Wash, exfoliate, and hydrate your face before applying makeup.
  • Apply foundation all over your face
  • Remember to use a base color that is appropriate to the tone of your face. You should test the pain directly on the skin of your face, and not on the skin of the hand or arm. The face is usually two shades different from the rest of the body.
  • Use a clean sponge. If you use your fingers, the result can be a non-homogeneous and long-lasting result.

When you are doing the contouring, remember to use a contouring powder or a light brown shadow. As we mentioned before, there are different techniques depending on the shape of the nose to do it.

  • If it is wide throughout the nose, you should create a contour line on each side of the cartilage of the nose. The lines should be parallel to the vertical center of your nose. These lines should join with the central start of the eyebrows.
  • If your nose is wider at the bottom than at the top, trace a contour line on both sides of the nose, ending with a small, curved line between the nostrils.
  • If only the tip of your nose is wide, draw an arrow with the tip pointing down. The arrow should start at the beginning of the septum and point downward, ending at the tip of the nose.

Once you've contoured the area, reapply foundation to blend the contour powder. Once this is done, you can see exactly where you should apply face powder to remove shine, usually in the T-zone, and where to apply liquid concealer. In the same way, apply bronzer or blush.

Create a distraction

  • Although direct nose makeup is the most obvious option to solve the problem, you have other options, and makeup can also help. You don't have to change the shape of your nose to feel comfortable with your face. You can, for example, create a distraction. First of all, you can highlight your cheeks so that you look a little thinner, creating the effect that your nose is too. On the other hand, you can opt for a fabulous red mouth and spectacular accessories to divert attention from the nose. Or you can choose to color your lips with a more rebellious and adventurous color such as burgundy, black, green, orange, blue, purple. We assure you that no one will be watching your nose.
  • On the other hand, your eyes can also be the center of attention. Long lashes outlined with a cat eye or dark shadow will give you the best look of the 70s. Your eyes will attract attention while your nose goes unnoticed.

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