The perfect way to contour in 3 easy steps

These easy steps (in three detailed pictorials) show how to perfectly contour the nose without fuss, its something to try...everyday, look

Model's face after nose contour

Contour gives the face enough 'shadow' that makes the face look as natural as possible after makeup application especially the nose which is the perfect place to show off contour.

While the makeup process is usually seen as a tough one, it necessarily isn't and if you didn't know how to before, just follow these easy steps shot for on how to contour the nose.

Note: Start with everyday makeup look. Note that you should contour your nose after you’ve applied foundation, concealer all other products you wear on a daily basis.

Step 1: Highlight


For a perfect nose, highlight the center of your nose with a non shimmery highlighter or opt for a luminous concealer (usually in a shade lighter than your skintone)

"Start at the bridge of your nose and apply a line of concealer down your nose, stopping before you reach the end. Next, add a little dot at the very tip (like you’re creating an exclamation point!) to give your nose a little upturn".

Step 2: Blend

"Use a sponge or your ring finger to soften the stripe. First, press the concealer into your skin, and then lightly rub the edges to buff out any harsh lines".

Step 3: Shade


"Using a small blending brush (like what you use in the crease of your eyelid -just be sure it’s clean), tap off any excess powder and then, starting from the inner corner of your eye, shade straight down to the end of your nose. Do the side of your nose. Blend both sides before you decide to add or remove any pigment".

Do one final blend with your brush, sponge, or finger to ensure your highlight and contour looks as natural as possible, and you’re done!


Photographer: Justin Coit

Makeup Artist: Lauren Andersen


Hairstylist: Gregory Russell

Producer: Jenna Peffley

Model: Val

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