Ask a Makeup Artist: How to Contour Your Nose in 4 Steps

There are lots of crazy contouring tutorials out there, but if marking up your face like an art project doesn’t appeal to you, don’t fret—you can still get a sculpted look with a more natural, real-life finish. One of the trickiest features to get right? The nose. Go too far, and it can look like you tried to contour your nose, which is basically the opposite of what you’re going for. To help us avoid joining the ranks of contour casualties, we asked celebrity makeup artist Matin to show us exactly how it’s done. Scroll through to find out how to contour your nose in three simple steps.

Meet the Expert

Matin is a celebrity makeup artist and non-toxic beauty advocate, with clients among the likes of Angelina Jolie, Rebel Wilson, Awkwafina, and more.

Step One: Choose Your Contour Product

Surprisingly, Matin actually advises against contouring with bronzer, since bronzer is often formulated with a warmer hue, which may not look like a natural shadow on all skin tones. Instead, he recommends looking for something (like a brow product) with a more neutral, grayish hue, with looks more like a natural shadow than bronzer.

Step Two: Connect the Dots

Rather than drawing a line on either side of the nose, Matin recommends drawing a series of dots. Once you have a few dots lined up vertically on either side of the nose, smidge them together (vertically), which tends to create a more natural cast than a harsh line. Be sure to perform this step on both sides of the bridge of your nose.

Step Three: Contour the Tip

"In order to make the tip look more sculpted, you can just add a little bit of contour [to the tip of the nose]. Think of contour as a shadow, not as a color or as a bronzer," says Matin. "You should not be able to see lines or any type of redness."

Step Four: Intensify the Color

If the look of a natural shadow is a bit too subtle for you, Matin suggests retracing the lines you created in steps one, two, and three with powder contour. Just remember to go little by little. It's much easier to apply more contour than it is to erase excess product.

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