Contouring is a makeup technique that has captured the attention of makeup lovers over the years. One of the challenges makeup enthusiasts encounter is nose contouring. We all desire a perfectly shaped nose, but let’s be honest; not everyone is born with one. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions and tips on how to contour your nose like a pro.
Basic Principles of Nose Contouring
Contouring is a makeup technique that alters the shape of your features using darker and lighter shades of makeup. Nose contouring, in particular, helps to create the illusion of a perfectly-shaped nose.
Why is nose contouring essential? A well-contoured nose helps to enhance facial symmetry, redefine the bridge of the nose, and make it appear slimmer.
Before you begin your nose contouring journey, it’s important to gather the supplies required. You’ll need a contour shade that’s two shades darker than the foundation you regularly use, a highlight shade that’s two shades lighter than your foundation, and a tapered brush.
Step-by-Step Tutorial on Nose Contouring
Now that you have your supplies, let’s begin the nose contouring process.
Step 1: Apply Foundation
The first step is to apply your foundation to create a smooth base for your contouring. Ensure that your foundation is evenly blended into your skin.
Step 2: Apply the Contour Shade
Using a tapered brush, apply the contour shade to the side of the nose, following the natural curve of your nostrils, starting at the brow bone and ending just before the tip of your nose.
Remember to blend out the contour shade using a blending brush to create a natural-looking contour.
Step 3: Apply the Highlight Shade
Using a tapered brush, apply the highlight shade down the bridge of your nose and on the tip of your nose.
Blend well with a blending brush.
Step 4: Contour Under the Tip of your Nose
If you have a bulbous nose, contour the area below the tip of your nose to create the illusion of a slimmer nose.
Different Nose Shapes and How to Contour Each One
Noses come in different shapes and sizes. Understanding your nose shape helps you contour it better.
To contour a wide nose, apply the contour shade up the sides of your nose and blend it out. Apply the highlight shade down the center of the nose from the brow bone to the tip of the nose.
If you have a bulbous nose, contour the area below the tip of the nose to create the illusion of a slimmer nose. Apply the highlight shade down the center of the bridge of your nose.
If you have a hooked nose, apply the contour shade under the tip of your nose to create the illusion of a straighter nose. Apply the highlight shade to the upper bridge of the nose and blend well.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Contouring Your Nose
Despite following the steps provided above, some mistakes might be made in the process. To effectively contour your nose, avoid these common mistakes:
- Using a shade that’s too dark or too light.
- Not blending your contour shade properly.
- Applying your contour shade too far down the nose.
- Over-applying your highlight shade.
- Using the wrong brush to blend.
Selecting the Right Shade of Contouring Product for Your Skin Tone and Undertone
To select the right shade of contouring product that best fits your skin tone and undertone, follow these tips:
- Determine your skin’s undertone: Warm, cool or neutral.
- Select a shade that’s two shades darker or lighter than your regular foundation shade.
- For warm undertones, use a contour shade with a red or orange undertone. For cool undertones, use a contour shade with a gray or pink undertone.
Different Nose Contouring Techniques
There are different techniques used to contour your nose. These include the triangle method, the straight line method and the dot method.
The triangle method involves using a triangle shape on either side of your nose to define it better. Use the straight line method to create a straight line down the center of your nose. The dot method involves creating dots down the side of your nose using the contour shade to create a more defined contour.
Coordinating Your Contoured Nose with Other Makeup Looks
The beauty of a well-contoured nose is the ability to coordinate it with other makeup looks. Here are some ideas:
- Creating a bold lip look.
- Opting for a smoky eye look.
- Going natural with a light blush.
- Trying a cat-eye look.
Nose contouring might seem like a daunting task, but with the tips and tricks we’ve provided, you’re now an expert. Remember to avoid common mistakes like using the wrong brush or shade and not blending your contour shade properly.
We hope that this guide has been helpful.