Nose contouring is such an awesome concept. We can literally transform our faces into anything we want them to become with the power of good makeup products. But with as beautiful as it can be, some concepts can be equally as bad if not done correctly. Nose contour is one of those concepts.
A quick face makeup application is my way of life. And I will advocate for quick and easy makeup always. But quick and easy nose contouring needs to be left behind in 2017…until you master the concept and can quickly and easily contour your nose perfectly!
Nose contouring as become a huge trend, and understandably so. But let’s talk about some of the things that make this concept a no-go for your makeup routine:
- Using bronzer: Using bronzer or a red-based product on your nose contour creates a muddy, messy, dirty area right there in the center of your face. It is not appealing and it creates more of a distraction than it does any sort of enhancement.
- Too much highlight: Drawing a huge white or super light stripe down the center of your nose, and not properly blending it out, does not contour your nose! It only does exactly what you’ve done, which is create a stripe down your nose!
- Penis face: Okay, hear me out. This is something I see way more often than I would like. When you initially draw on your nose contour, it is inevitably going to look like male genitalia. Blend it out. I see it all the time: Well-intentioned nose contour, drawn precisely on the nose, and there it sits in its full glory, unblended and strong. Just blend, blend, blend! Don’t let this happen to you!
Now, I really do hate beauty-know-it-alls that only tell people what not to do. I really actually hate “do’s and don’t’s” type beauty advice. Because in the beauty world, often a “do” for one person, might be a “don’t” for another person. However, for the most part, the tips I’ve shared here in terms of nose contour, are pretty universal. Here are some positive ways to counteract the list above:
- Use a grey-toned, or shadowy colored product: These used to be really hard to find, but as contouring becomes more popular in mainstream makeup application, the products are becoming more easily accessible to the everyday woman. My favorite for cream contouring (which is key to really nailing a nose contour) is the shade Shadow from Maskcara Beauty. Other recommendations are listed below.
- Use your natural highlight or minimal highlight product: Often, once you have contoured your nose, a natural highlight will occur down the center. However, sometimes you might be looking for something more. My best advice is less product is more. It is super trendy right now to paint a huge light streak of concealer down your nose, and this can be so hard to blend out, and therefore is so hard to achieve a natural nose contour. The less product you use down the center of your nose at one time, the more natural effect you will achieve. Build up your product rather than painting it all on at once.
- Blend, blend, blend: The only way to avoid the male genitalia showing up in your pictures is to blend until its all gone. Brushes are key here, as well as quality products. You want products that are not going to smudge off when blending, and you want brushes that will do their job rather than creating a mess on your nose. I highly recommend Sigma Beauty brushes for nose contouring.
Here are some products other than my Maskcara Beauty products that I recommend to use for nose contouring, as well as some of my favorite brushes!
I hope these tips are helpful to you, and I hope you are now able to contour your nose like a pro! Remember, practice really does make perfect in this case! Take a look at my video for an in-depth view of how I contour my nose!