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Thursday, August 18, 2016

With contouring becoming the highlight of all beauty trends of late, Jagruti Verma tells you about yet another form that’s becoming part of makeup routines — nose contouring!

Why do we love contouring so much? Mostly, because it can create the illusion of facial symmetry! “The secret to good makeup is skilled contouring. It helps to emphasise your plus points and camouflage flaws. You can use it to shape and highlight individual features,” Shahnaz Hussain, beauty expert and CMD of the Shahnaz Group, tells us. When it comes to nose contouring, it’s pretty much the same game.

Since the nose is one of the first features people list out when they’re talking about what they’d like to change, you’re probably already wondering how to practice this helpful trick. Shahnaz explains, “You will need three shades of foundation. One of them should be as close as possible to your skin colour, while of the other two, one should be a shade lighter and the other a shade darker than your regular foundation.” Other than this, you will need contour brushes to apply your makeup and a sponge to blend it in. You should also keep your eye shadow, bronzer and highlighter close while trying nose contouring.

Choosing the right colours is just one aspect of contouring, but unless you’re sure of your skills, we strongly advise you to consult a makeup artist. If you’re trying it on your own, one of the most important things to keep in mind, as Shahnaz tells us, is that there should be no line of demarcation between the darker and lighter shades of foundation you put on, or the illusion is lost.

There are four ways to contour your nose and they depend a lot on its size and shape. Makeup artist Monisha Tolani tells us about the different techniques that you can use for nose contouring.

Make your nose look thinner
Use an angled eye shadow brush to draw light contour lines that begin at your brow bone and go all the way down to the end of your nose. You can even use a brown sculpting powder or a matte bronzer, but ensure that the colour is a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone. Then apply a highlighter that is a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, as a thin line from the bridge, down to the ball of your nose. However, if the top or bottom of your nose is wide, apply the highlighter only halfway down your nose.

Make your nose look shorter
Apply a little bronzer, contour powder or dark eye shadow to the tip of your nose, on the curve and on the line between your nostrils and blend it in well using a small fluffy brush. Make sure that whatever you apply has a matte finish because you don’t want your nose to shimmer! You can then apply a highlighter on the bridge of your nose, stopping about halfway down.

Make your nose look longer
Apply bronzer from the curves of your brow bone to the top of your nose, contouring in a straight line all the way to the tip. Work from top to bottom because you want the line to be darkest at the brow bone. Ensure that the line at the brow bone begins just underneath your eyebrow. Then apply a highlighter all the way down to the bridge of your nose, right to the tip. Extend this up between your brows until it’s parallel with the arch of your eyebrows.

Make your nose look straighter
Starting at your brow, draw two straight lines down the sides of your nose and using powder (a shade or two lighter than your skin tone), connect these lines at the bottom between your nostrils at an angle to make it look like a downward arrow. Now, using a bright concealer, draw a fine line between the centre of your brows and down to the bridge of your nose. Then, dab the side of your nose with a concealer, blend it in and apply a cream or powder highlighter over it.


  •  Read through the instructions carefully before picking the brush you will use.
  •  While you can use cream products, powder is easier to work with for beginners.
  •  Always use a sponge or fluffy brush to blend harsh highlight or contour lines.
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