Sculpting: Contouring + Highlighting For 6 Different Nose Shapes

Sculpting: Contouring + Highlighting For 6 Different Nose Shapes

by Sophie Lalani -

The nose tends to be an area of concern for many people. They think it's either too wide, too bulbous, too cetera, so they adapt a generic sculpting technique to give themselves a makeup nose job, which often leaves it looking worse! We know that different face shapes require different sculpting techniques, and when it comes to the nose, using a customized approach to "correct" is even more important.

The sculpting method employs both contouring and highlighting to create the illusion of a more shapely face. We're breaking down 6 different nose shapes (though you might find that your nose has characteristics in two or more categories) to help you devise a personalized sculpting approach.


If your nose is flat, you may have the appearance of a "button nose". In this case, the bridge is not very defined so you want to use your contour shade to apply a straight line down each side of your nose to make it look more defined. Lucky for you, this is the easiest shape to "correct".


This nose shape is essentially the opposite of the flat nose, so you want to skip the contouring as this will just make it look narrower. Instead, use a highlight shade (you want to make sure it is a matte shade that is two or three shades lighter than your foundation) and draw a stripe down each side of the nose from the inner sockets of your eyes, where your brows begin, down to the tip. The thicker the line, the flatter and less protruding the nose will look.


A triangular nose refers to a shape that is narrow at the top and goes out into a wider tip. In this case, you only want to contour the bottom part of the nose to make it look narrower, leaving the top half for highlighter. Next, use the highlight shade in the inner sockets of the eyes and bring it down just before where the contour shade begins. This will help balance the proportions of your nose.


If your nose is crooked or indented on one side giving it an asymmetric appearance, then you fall into this category. Simply draw a straight line over the crooked area that protrudes with the contour shade to help it appear less pronounced, leaving the other side untouched. Similarly, if your nose has an indentation, you want to do the same thing but using a highlight colour to bring out that part of your nose.


This nose shape refers to your nose being rounded towards the tip, in which case you want to make it look more angular. Use the contour shade to draw a line on either side of the nose but leave the middle third of your nose bare. Then, apply your highlight shade in the centre. This will bring out the part above the nose and detract from the bulbous tip.


This common nose concern involves a prominent bridge, so you want to minimize the bump in the centre of the nose to make the nose look more streamlined. Simply add some highlight in between the brows to bring light to the forehead, thereby making the bumpy bridge less apparent.

Whatever your nose shape, be sure to blend well so that you don't have any visible lines! And remember that when it comes to sculpting the face it is important to take all of your features into consideration and find a customized approach for the best possible result!

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