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How to Get a Smaller Nose Without a Surgery

Updated on January 10, 2014
If you would like a thinner, straighter nose but are not willing to do the time in an operating room necessary to get it, you can still change the look of your face
If you would like a thinner, straighter nose but are not willing to do the time in an operating room necessary to get it, you can still change the look of your face | Source
If going under the knife is not for you, consider going under some paint.  It requires a lot of makeup, but you can create a blend of shadows and bright areas that will give the impression of a narrower, straighter nose
If going under the knife is not for you, consider going under some paint. It requires a lot of makeup, but you can create a blend of shadows and bright areas that will give the impression of a narrower, straighter nose

How to Make Your Nose Smaller Without Rhinoplasty

Many people would like to change the way they look, but balk at the idea of plastic surgery. One of the most popular and common complaints is the size and shape of the nose. Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job” is very expensive, not always successful and a pretty painful procedure to boot. As a result, most people prefer to simply bemoan their bad luck in getting the nose they have, but do not actually want to have surgery to do something about it.

If you have found yourself in the above mentioned position, then you should consider trying nose contouring. This is a temporary, cosmetic solution that involves no invasive procedures and uses nothing more than foundation and powder to create the illusion of a smaller, thinner, straighter nose. Obviously, this solution washes off with soap and warm water, but you can still enjoy the effects on a daily basis should you choose to do so.

Nose Contouring, Your Cosmetic Solution for a Smaller Nose!

Nose Contouring is something of an art on your face. You may need to practice a few times to get it right. Make sure that you have all of your supplies on hand since the process needs to be completed in smooth progression so that the blending and styling of all your facial areas work together in conjunction with each other. You will need a fair number of different supplies for this project, but most of them can be found relatively inexpensively at a drugstore or makeup counter.

Make sure that you have three shades of foundation: light, medium and dark. Obviously, the relative shades are dependent on your skin tone. If you have light skin, then you might use pale, cream and light tan foundation, whereas if you have darker skin tones then you might use beige, tan and brown. Go to a store with a wide selection of foundations and sample them until you find three that fit your requirements.

You will also need facial moisturizer and cleanser, paper towels, tissues and a soft, absorbent cloth. Your tools will be a makeup sponge, a makeup brush and a contouring brush. If possible, it is best to not use the contouring brush more than about ten times at most before replacing it, as it is very important that you be able to draw fine, precise lines with it. If you are not going to use a brand new contouring brush, then just before you use it you should wet it, then use a paper towel to blot off the excess water and shape the brush into a sharp, defined angle so that you can draw the necessary lines with it.

make your nose appear thinner by brightening your eye areas and creating shadows along the sides of your nose using darker foundation
make your nose appear thinner by brightening your eye areas and creating shadows along the sides of your nose using darker foundation

Nose Contouring Steps. How to Do it Properly

Once you have all your equipment, then you are ready to begin.

  1. Wash your face with cleanser and dry it completely with the soft, absorbent cloth. You must make sure that your face is free of dirt and grime or your makeup will not blend properly and it may not give the illusion of a thin, straight nose that you are looking for. Also, make sure that your face is completely dry before you move on or your moisturizer may not absorb and your makeup will appear shiny instead of natural.
  2. Once your face is dry, apply your moisturizer. Use a small amount, then add more if you need it. Do not massage the face, but pat or run it gently into all areas of your face. If any of the moisturizer does not absorb, pat your face gently with a tissue to blot up the excess so that your makeup will adhere directly to your skin.
  3. Start out with the lightest foundation. Now that your face is ready, it is time to take some contouring action. This requires several steps, and your foundations should not dry out in between these steps or your face may look kind of like a patchwork. Make sure that you have at least 20 minutes of uninterrupted time to try this look, and always practice it before you need it to work since you will have to adapt these instructions to custom fit your specific wants and needs.
  4. Apply it to the top and bottom of the eye. This is to make the eye area appear brighter and remove dark spots and circles from the eye area. If your eyes appear sunken, it is harder to draw attention away from your nose. You need bright, young-looking eyes to make this look work. Use as little of this foundation as you can and still achieve the look that you want. Remember, this is the very bottom layer, so you do not need to use a heavy hand.
  5. Apply the medium foundation – the one that is closest to your natural skin tone – to your entire face and neck. You should use the makeup sponge for this step so that you can blot and blend without smearing. Once you have finished this step, your face should look about like it usually does when you have finished your foundation. However, your eyes will probably appear brighter and the area around them a bit smoother.
  6. Now, you are ready to contour your nose. Keep the makeup sponge nearby, but use the contouring brush for this step first. Draw two thin lines with the dark foundation. They should start at the inner end of your eyebrow and extend down the side of your nose to the bottom edge. Make these lines as fine, smooth and even as possible. If you wish, you can add “railroad lines,” small, perpendicular hatch marks, to these lines for more of a shadow effect. Try the look both ways to see which you like best. Use the makeup sponge to blend in these lines.

Once you are done, you will see that you appear to have a thinner, straighter nose. Apply powder to finish off the look, then proceed with your eye, lip and cheek makeup as normal. Then, remember not to rub your face since you are wearing a lot of layers of makeup on it, and head out to enjoy your new nose!

Makeup Tips to Get Your Nose Look Thinner

How to Do Contouring; Makeup Video Tutorial [HD]

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      Eleanor Norina Lundy 3 years ago from Brooklyn, NY and Melbourne Beach, FL

      Video is useless!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I enjoy wearing makeup and trying different looks. It's interesting how the proper technique can make a big difference. The video was fun to watch. I enjoyed seeing the transformation from plain to gorgeous.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I used to use some of these tricks Before I had surgery to make my leaning nose look straighter. However, nothing but surgery will really help to breathe through a deviated septum, so I gave in. The surgery wasn't so bad. I recommend it.

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      Tina Carte 3 years ago

      You can try using nose right tool for your nose to make it look slimmer.

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      Michelle Gore 2 years ago

      i love nose right tool it's really make my nose smaller without any surgery.

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