Your nose is an important facial feature.
It’s the first thing people see when they look at you, and it plays a large role in your face shape.
In this article, we’ll show you how to highlight and contour your nose, as well as other parts of your face such as cheekbones, jawline, and chin.
We’ll also introduce a few tips and tricks for highlighting your face shape if it isn’t one of the common ones!
How to Contour the Bridge of the Nose
To contour the bridge of your nose, apply a matte contour color to the area directly underneath it.
The shade should be one shade darker than your natural skin tone.
- Brush and blend
Using a brush, apply the contour powder in short strokes in an “S” formation around the entire perimeter of your nose.
This method makes it easier to blend out harsh lines and create a more natural-looking result than applying straight from the compact with fingers or sponges—which can leave behind clumps of the product (and who wants that?).
- Create angles
For an even more defined line along those angles, make sure you define each edge with a small amount of product.
Use light grazing strokes going toward where you want your face shape to go—in this case, we’re going for more angularity!
How to Contour the Side of Your Nose
The side of your nose is a great place to start when learning how to contour.
This part of your face tends to be a little flatter than the rest, so it’s easier to see where you’re applying the product and whether or not you’re blending it well.
- Apply directly on the side of your nose
Using a cream contour product, apply some directly on the side of your nose.
Make sure that there is at least one shade lighter than what you’d use for highlighting around the rest of your face (unless you want more definition).
If using two shades, apply two different shades on each side: one darker than normal and one lighter than normal (or vice versa).
- Blend out all edges
Using an angled brush, blend out all edges until they’re nice and smooth—the goal is for there to be no obvious line between where the product ends and where the skin begins.
- Try not to over blend!
The goal here is actually having enough texture in order for it all not just disappear into nothingness later on when we put down our powder or setting spray (which will help set everything).
You can use this same trick as well if you want more definition under the eyes too; just remember that less is more when it comes time for final steps like baking or setting with powder/spray!
How to Contour Your Nostrils
If you want to make your nose look smaller, contour it.
This will help it appear slimmer and more angular.
- Use a darker shade of foundation to contour.
The color should be slightly darker than the rest of your face, but not so dark that it’s obvious that you’ve used makeup to change the appearance of your nose.
- Contouring the sides and back
Contouring the sides and back is easier than contouring either end because there are more places for light to escape once it hits your skin—giving those parts a more natural look when finished.
For instance, if you’re using powder blush for this step, use a lighter color on top as well as underneath in order for both sides/ends not to appear flat against each other; instead, they’ll have dimensionality (which makes them look bigger).
You can also apply cream blush here instead of powder blush or even use both together!
How to Contour Your Chin
Contouring your chin is a great way to hide any shadows or unevenness on the skin.
It’s also a way to create definition and structure in the face, which makes you look more attractive.
To contour your chin, you will need:
- Foundation – A lighter shade of foundation that is about 2 shades lighter than your normal skin tone for highlighting, and a darker foundation for creating shadows and depth.
- Contour Brush – A flat, angled brush that is used to apply the product.
- Sponge or Beauty Blender (optional) – These tools can be used to blend out any harsh lines created by the contouring process.
How to Contour Your Jawline
- Apply a matte bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks
First, apply a matte bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks and along your hairline.
Use a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh edges or lines.
- Line in with a darker shade of contouring powder
Starting at the top of your ear and working down towards the middle of your chin, line in with a darker shade of contouring powder—this will help make it look like there’s more depth and dimension when you turn away from the mirror (you’ll see what we mean).
- Go over the line again with a lighter shade
Go over this line again with a lighter shade than before—this will give it an even softer edge that doesn’t look too harsh against your skin tone if you’re not quite as tan as J Law yet (we hear she’s got some great tips for fake tanning).
- Highlight by applying shimmery light powder
Highlight by applying shimmery light powder just under high points on the face like cheekbones, bridge of the nose, etc., so that they reflect light better making them appear more defined overall
How to Contour Your Cheekbones
- Apply the product in an upward motion.
Start at the top of your cheekbone and work your way out in a circular motion, blending well.
- If you are applying blush, use a fan brush instead of dragging it across your skin.
This will help to minimize harsh lines and get that perfect contour.
- Don’t be afraid to use more than one color if you want!
For example, when I do my makeup for school dances or other special occasions where there’s lots of pictures taken (like prom), I like to use multiple shades depending on how dark my hair looks that day – so if I have blonde highlights in my hair then I might choose a bronzer instead of blush because it will blend better with them!
How to Highlight Your Face Shape (Diamond, Triangle, Square)
When you’re highlighting your face, it’s important to know where to place the highlighter and where not to place the highlighter.
Here are some guidelines:
- If you have a diamond-shaped face (a wide forehead, a small chin, and broad cheekbones)
Highlight the upper cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose.
Don’t highlight your jawline or chin because they’re naturally low on this type of face shape.
- If you have a square-shaped face (a wide forehead, narrow cheeks, and jawline)
highlight under each eye and along both sides of the nose—but don’t go any lower than that!
You don’t want to draw focus away from your eyes or make them look smaller than they already are by emphasizing those areas too much with highlighters.
- If you have an oblong or oval-shaped face (no defined cheekbones)
focus all attention at either end: down where it’s widest toward the neck or up towards where it’s shortest near the hairline—whichever suits best with how long/short yours is!
Now you know all there is to know about contouring.
And the best part is that the techniques we’ve discussed in this article are just a few of the many options available for contouring your face.
You can even use them together to create unique combinations!