How to Make Your Nose Appear Smaller

Written by maggie hira
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Making your nose appear smaller can be done with a variety of make-up products and make-up tricks. It may take a significant amount of practice before you see the results that you want, but once you have mastered the trick, you will have the smaller-looking nose that you desire. The main make-up trick you need to learn is called contouring.

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Things you need

  • Dark foundation or powder
  • Light foundation or powder
  • Bronzer
  • Eye make-up

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    Use your darker shade of foundation or powder and apply it to both sides of your nose. This will work particularly well if you have a wider nose and want to make it look slimmer. Blend the darker foundation or shadow toward your cheeks and blend to remove any telltale lines. Apply the lighter shade of foundation or powder to the bridge of your nose to highlight the thinner part. This will make your nose appear thinner and smaller.

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    Apply a sheer foundation all over your face, and blend carefully. Make sure to adequately cover all spots, freckles or discolourations. Then dust bronzer lightly all over your face, particularly your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. This will smooth out all noticeable imperfections and make your nose appear smaller as well.

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    Play up your eyes with eye liner on your upper lids and lots of mascara. Using make-up to accentuate your eyes to direct people's attention toward your eyes and away from your nose. Make-up will also make your eyes appear bigger, which will automatically make your nose seem smaller.

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    Design a hairstyle that draws attention away from your nose. Outward turning layers or loose curls will direct attention outward so that the viewer is not narrowing in on your nose. Bangs should be avoided because they close off your forehead, and inadvertently draw attention downward and toward your nose.

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    Apply dark eyeshadow on the outer corners of your eyes, and light highlighter in the inner corners. This will make your eyes look farther apart and draw attention away from your nose. It will also make your nose look smaller by comparison. Dust some highlighter on the bridge of your nose as well to minimise its appearance.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear oversized sunglasses as another way to make your nose appear smaller.
  • Don't put on too much make-up or you'll end up looking like a clown. Remember that less is always more.

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