Makeup Lessons 101|| Nose Contouring

I took a challenge awhile back to try to master nose contouring. Why? Because it’s something even pros struggle with and I’m always up for a challenge. I’m not a complete master of the technique yet (I think this will take awhile) but I did learn some things so I thought I’d share some off the things I’ve learned. So with that being said, let’s get started!

So starting off, I notice a lot of people struggle with going overboard with nose contouring so for this reason I’d start of doing just a little bit when you’re starting off.

A lot of the time you can do more harm then good if you’re not careful nose contouring so be careful!

To start off my first challenge with nose-contouring, I decided to just go to town with my typical contour shade on all of the typical places that you might typically contour your nose. I also put some concealer on the bridge of my nose to highlight. I was going to to be in broad daylight and also indoor lighting so I included pictures both.

fullsizeoutput_520Product of the Choice: Jordana Sculpt and Go in Shade Light

It looked better indoors especially after a long day when it wore down. I noticed that in natural lighting in pictures the cream contour could tend to look a little unnatural so I decided to go lighter handed next time and to try powders.


This is the typical contour-highlighting chart from Kevyn Aucoin’s book ‘Making Faces’

Places people usually contour their nose for quick reference for those who don’t know are the sides of nose, up towards the start of the brow, around the tip of the nose, and down the sides of your nostril



Product of Choice; Real Technique’s ‘Duo-Fiber’ Base Shadow Brush: part of the ‘Nic’s Picks’ set)

picture 1: before 2: after

For my second try I applied my contour shade (Benefit Hoola) to the sides of my nose and towards the brow, and then I highlighted the tip and the center of of my bridge of my nose. It really helped that I used a small blending brush (this one was duo-fiber) for blending. This helped put the powder on more precisely. If you look at the picture before and after you can see the difference. This is my personal favorite application of the bunch.


Product of Choice: MAC 214 Short Shader brush

I really went full on for my third attempt. I took a very short, stiff densely packed smudger eye brush (the MAC 214) and went straight up and down against the sides creating very pronounced lines.

  • Troubleshooting 101: Dip the brush into less product and maybe even brush some  off the back of the hand! and make sure there isn’t any leftover product on there before you apply for a faster and easier application. This method is definitely the quickest and most sure-fire way to get. a really defined look


Product of Choice:  LA Girl HD Pro Conceal Concealer in Dark Cocoa

The results for my fourth and final attempt at nose contouring was pretty subtle and relatively easy, so if you are in a rush, this would be a good option for you.

For the first picture, I used a concealer in a darker shade (the LA Girl HD Pro Conceal Concealer in Dark Cocoa) and I blended it out with a makeup sponge. This helped the look looking defined but diffused.

These are just a couple ways to try to contour your nose! If you’re interested, don’t let it dissuade you. Usually I skip this step altogether, but if you’re interested in nose contouring, there are lots of ways to go about it quickly or as in-depth as you’d want.

That was my post on nose contouring! It was pretty long but I hoped you enjoyed it. Leave your tips and any questions on nose contouring in the comments! I’ll be sure to monitor the comments section for any questions Xo Whatever Lydia Does – xo



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