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Makeup Trick: How to Fake a Nose Job

Makeup can do miracles, that’s just a fact. Whether you’re going for a more natural appearance or full-on glam, there are tips and tricks you can use to create illusions with makeup. Contouring is one of the most commonly used tricks in makeup to accentuate and actually reshape parts of the face, including the nose. Some people opt for a nose job to reshape the nose, but I’m a little too chicken to go under the knife so I’m sharing some contouring tips!


Crooked Bridge
A crooked bridge is a very common issue with noses. The bridge can be crooked, sometimes symmetrically and sometimes asymmetrically. Now, anything that you darken on your face will recede, so the trick is to apply a darker cream or liquid foundation or concealer along the sides of your nose where the bone or cartilage sticks out, making the nose appear crooked. With these darker impressions, you can create the illusion of a more slim appearance. I like to start the lines where my eyebrows end and follow the curve down the sides of my nose, then blend it out for a more natural appearance.

A “Hanging” Nose
This is another common issue! Sometimes it bothers people when the tip of the nose dips down too low. No biggie! Just apply the contour color under the tip of your nose between your nostrils and blend out. It’s that simple. The darker shadow will ‘lift’ the nose; it’s one of the easiest and quickest tricks!

A Bulbous Tip
The tip of the nose is always a point of focus, and thankfully it’s really easy to contour. Just apply the darker contour shade along the sides of the nostrils, but bring the color in toward the center of the nose to create the illusion of a narrower tip. Examine the width of the area between the bridge of the nose and use this as a guide for how much area to cover with the contour shade. Blend out and you’re ready to go!

Get more makeup tips from Teni at Miss Maven.

Teni Panosian

I created my beauty blog,, in 2010 and later began making tutorials on my YouTube channel, missmavendotcom. After earning my Master’s degree in Communication Management in 2009, I figured it was time to combine my academic know-how with some expert consumer advice to bring all things beauty to my readers and viewers. My specialty? Skincare. I think we’re all at our most beautiful when we’re just down to moisturizer and lip balm, and I hope to make every woman who reads my content feel confident enough to rock the natural look. But considering I’m also a product junkie, you’ll find some fun makeup looks and tutorials from me, too!

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