How to make your nose look straight

Create the illusion of a straight nose with the help of uncomplicated make-up tricks. Whether your nose has a prominent bend or a centre bump, you can trick the eye using basic cosmetics and strategic application. Play with the make-up application prior to unveiling your "straight" nose in public to ensure that everything looks flawless.

Use a two-tone application of foundation around the nose area to give the illusion of a straight nose. Purchase two shades of foundation -- one that is a slightly darker than your natural colour, and one that is slightly lighter. According to Bella Sugar, a website for women, the darker foundation should be applied to the side of your nose, within the shadow area of the prominent bend. Use your index finger as a guide to find the shadow area; place it vertically against your nose, with the tip of the finger even with the corner of your eye on the side with the bend. Apply the darker foundation to that area and blend into your skin.

Move to the other side of the nose, and apply a lighter shade of foundation using the same technique. Blend both shades to create a natural look.

Highlight a slightly crooked nose with a cream highlighter in a complimentary shade. Highlighters typically come in light, medium and dark to accommodate all skin tones. The cream should be applied to the bridge of your nose and blended. Light will reflect the highlighter giving the illusion of a straight nose.

Draw attention away from the nose and centre of the face by wearing a light-coloured lip gloss instead of a bold colour. You can also create a smoky eye and draw the attention upward from your nose. Smoky eyes are created with darker eye shadows and black eyeliner.

Part your fringe to keep the attention away from a crooked nose. Draw your fringe to the opposite side of the direction of the bend in the nose. The balance created by hair and face will create an illusion of a perfect nose.


Avoid applying a heavy application of make-up to the nose because this will only draw attention to the area.

Things You'll Need

  • Face foundation
  • Make-up applicators
  • Face highlighter
  • Light lip gloss
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Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.