How to make a wide nose look smaller

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How to make a wide nose look smaller
Make-up adds definition to your nose. (head shot of blonde image by jimcox40 from

A wide nose often detracts from the appeal of your face, drawing attention away from your eyes, mouth and neckline. Surgical operations are available to make your nose permanently smaller. However, these operations are invasive and expensive. According to Robert Jones, author of "Makeup Makeovers," with proper use of make-up, you can make your wide nose appear slender for a fraction of the cost of plastic surgery. After you have mastered the technique, applying the make-up to slenderise your nose will only take a minute.

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Things you need

  • Light-coloured facial make-up
  • Dark-coloured facial make-up

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  1. 1

    Choose a highlight and low light shade of facial make-up that complements your skin tone. According to Kit Spencer, author of "Pro Makeup," the low light should be one shade darker than your inherent facial skin tone while the highlight should be one shade lighter.

  2. 2

    Wash your face with warm water to remove any built-up oils that would interfere with make-up application.

  3. 3

    Use your index finger to apply the low light facial make-up to the sides of your nose. Do not apply the make-up to your nostrils, the top of your nose or onto your cheeks. Gradually lighten it around the edges so it blends with your natural skin tone. This make-up should appear no darker than a light shadow.

  4. 4

    Wash the make-up from your finger with warm water and dry your hand with a clean towel.

  5. 5

    Apply the highlight facial make-up with your index finger along the top of your nose. Rub your finger in small, circular motions over the line where the highlight meets the low light to blend. The highlight on the top of your nose with shading along the sides will make it appear thinner.

Tips and warnings

  • If the make-up you have chosen is too dark or too light and noticeably stands out, it might prove difficult to blend. Purchase a shade closer to your natural skin tone.

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