The nose is probably the least liked feature on the human face. More often than not, women find something to dislike about their noses. There are many different-shaped noses, and most are not the ideal nose. However, with the right shading and highlighting techniques, every imperfection can be transformed and the illusion of a more attractive nose can be achieved.
Once you have learned the basics in Jerome Alexander’s step-by-step tutorial to contouring and highlighting, you can focus in on contouring your nose.
There are many degrees of a broad nose – from almost flat to just slightly broad. For the flat nose, start shading close to the bridge of the nose and shade down the sides. Highlight straight down the center of the nose.
For the medium-broad nose, start shading midway between the bridge of the nose and where the nose meets the face. Again, shade down both sides of the nose and highlight down the center of the nose.
For the slightly broad nose, begin shading close to where the nose meets the face. For any broad nose, use a brown pencil to shade the area above the nostrils and at the bottom of the nose.
To make the nose appear wider, you can highlight down the sides of the nose. However, it’s often best to leave a thin nose alone, except for shading the bottom of the nose and the area above the nostrils.
Nose with a bump:
A bump in the nose can be corrected using the principles of the dark/light illusion. Start by shading the sides of the nose and the bump. Then, highlight down the center of the nose, avoiding the bump area.
Also known as an aquiline nose, this nose shape has the appearance of being bent or curved. The trick is to diminish the hook by shading the sides and the hooked part of the nose.
Short, turned-up nose:
To create length, shade the sides of the nose and highlight the center. Highlight all the way down to the tip of the nose, the tip of the nose, and the area above the nostrils.
To minimize length, shade the sides and, beginning at the middle of the nose, highlight down the center. Shade the entire tip of the nose to make it appear shorter.
Shade the sides of the nose all the way to the nostrils, and highlight the center of the nose, stopping when you reach the bulbous area. The entire bulbous area should be shaded.
Find the area on the tip of the nose that has the most prominent bend. Shade that area. Then, on the top of the nose, highlight the inner curve of the receding area, which is opposite the prominent bend. Make a straight line down the center of the nose with a highlighter. On the bottom of the nose, shade the prominent area and highlight the receding area.
To further perfect your contouring skills, make sure you aren’t making these common contouring mistakes.