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Ever wished that your nose was smaller and sharper? You’re in good company. Nose jobs are one of the most common cosmetic procedures, and it might have been something you’ve considered in order to achieve a slimmer, smaller nose.

Before you decide to go under the knife, however, why not consider using makeup instead? By using the right techniques, it is possible to achieve a similar effect and create an illusion of a smaller nose. Plus, it’s non-invasive, safe, and not something permanent that you may regret doing.

We share with you some of the best makeup hacks to help you achieve the look of a smaller, sculpted nose.

Makeup tips to create a smaller nose

1. Contour and highlight

One of the most obvious ways to make your nose look smaller is to contour and highlight your nose. Contour adds the appearance of shadows to your nose, while highlighting can make your nose look more prominent if you find it too flat as well.

For the contour, choose a colour that is two to three shades darker than your natural skin tone. Similarly, your highlighter should be two to three shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

Start your contour at the brow bone and work downwards towards the tip: this will help ensure that both sides are equal. Continue your contour to the very bottom of your nose in order to slim it down completely, and then blend until there are no harsh lines left.

To highlight your nose, draw a thin line down the centre of your nose, and then remember to blend it out as well. Try not to make the line too thick, or your nose will look wider than it actually is.

Already know these basic steps? Here are some interesting contour and highlighting tips you might not know about.

2. Use concealer

You don’t always have to use contour and highlighter products in order to achieve the effect. Huda Kattan, our favourite makeup artist and founder of Huda Beauty, shared this unique trick of thinning your nose by using concealer.

She recommends using a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone to the sides of the nose, and then adding two lines along the bridge of the nose shaping the bridge, making it appear as thin as you like. Don’t be afraid to go onto the bridge if necessary.

3. Don’t highlight the entire bridge of your nose


If you find that the end of your nose is slightly larger or rounder, don’t apply highlighter to the very end of your nose. Instead, use a light shimmering bronzer and apply it just above the centre of your nose. This will draw attention to the most slender area of your nose.

4. Draw your brows further in

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Source: Huda Beauty

Another hack shared by beauty guru Huda Kattan, it’s amazing how a simple extension of your brows towards your nose can easily create the effect of a smaller nose.

It works by emphasising the framing of your nose, much like contouring. Just be careful not to draw your brows so close together that they are in danger of becoming a unibrow.

5. Use shimmer blush on the cheeks

Although you are targeting the appearance of your nose, you don’t necessarily have to apply makeup onto your nose. By changing how your other facial features look, such as your cheeks, you can frame your face to make your nose look smaller.

Adding in a bit of shimmer blush on your cheeks can actually make your nose look smaller and draw attention to your cheeks instead of your nose.

6. Use bright lipstick & strong eye makeup


Just like how having shimmery cheeks can shift attention away from your nose, putting heavier makeup on your eyes and lips will do the trick as well. Smoky eyes and bright, shimmery tones will make your eyes pop.

Not skilled in applying eye makeup? You can also opt to just apply bright red or pink lipstick to make your lips the focal point of your face.