How to contour a wide nose

Updated April 17, 2017

There are two different options for contouring a wide nose: One is with make-up, the other is with cosmetic surgery. Nose contouring with make-up consists of using dark and light foundations to create a slimming effect on the nose. Nose contouring with cosmetic surgery involves undergoing surgery to make small corrections to the nose. This article will instruct you in how to contour a wide nose using make-up, foregoing the expensive cosmetic procedure.

Begin by applying the darker shade of foundation on either side of the bridge of your nose with the make-up brush. Using the make-up brush, extend down each side of your nose, starting from the eyebrow and ending at the side of the nostril. Create a line of dark colour down each side of your nose. Blend outward towards your cheek, under the eye, and around your nostril to make it look as natural as possible.

Apply a thin line of the lighter shade of foundation down the bridge of your nose with the make-up brush. Begin between your eyebrows and extend all the way down to the tip of your nose, blending carefully.

Softly brush the lighter colour towards the contoured, darker sides of your nose to prevent any sharp lines. However, be careful not to lighten the contoured areas. The bridge of your nose is the area that gets hit by light first, and, therefore, applying a lighter shade of foundation will accentuate and draw attention to the slimmer part of your nose.

Use a powder brush to gently dust some powder on your contoured nose in order to eliminate any lingering lines, and to set your look.

Choose the cosmetic surgery option only if you want to achieve a much more permanent change to your nose. Remember to select a surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.


Instead of using two different shades of foundation, try some of the contouring concealers and foundations available from major make-up brands such as MAC and Stila.

Things You'll Need

  • Two shades of foundation: a shade lighter than your skin tone, and a shade darker than your skin tone
  • A small, angled make-up brush
  • A powder brush
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Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.