How to make your nose look smaller from the side

Makeup Techniques

Makeup can be used to enhance your features and contour your face. One way to achieve this is by using makeup techniques to make your nose look smaller from the side. With the correct techniques and products, you can create the illusion of a slimmer and more defined nose.

This article will discuss the various techniques and products you can use to make your nose appear smaller from the side:

Use a light-colored foundation

When it comes to making your nose look smaller from the side, light-colored foundation is key. Opt for a color that closely matches your skin tone and skip any extra shimmer or glittery formulas.

Applying a light-colored foundation on the bridge of your nose and blending it well can help to give the illusion of a smaller nose. To make sure you get even coverage, start with a clean makeup brush and dab the foundation onto key points on your face like in between your brows, along either side of your nose, around the tip of your nose and down until it meets up with your cheekbones. Use light strokes in an outward motion to blend out the foundation while maintaining even coverage. If you want additional coverage, you can dab some setting powder on top to help seal in the makeup.

This technique will help create a smoother shape overall so that your profile appears more even and less prominent.

Apply a darker shade of blush

Using a darker shade of blush on your cheeks can make your nose appear smaller. Here are some steps you should follow in order to successfully complete the technique:

  1. Begin by using a bronzer to apply a dusting of color on the edges of your nose. This will help to create an illusion of the nose being shorter and more narrow by darkening and outlining the sides.
  2. Follow up by lightly dabbing blush onto the apples of your cheeks—using a brush or beauty blender—and extending it outwards along your cheekbones and up towards your temples.
  3. Finally, use a darker shade of blush on either side of your nose and blend it outwards to meet with the other two colors you’ve applied before (the bronzer and light blush). This will help define and create shadows that further emphasize an illusion of narrower bridge width, making your nose appear slimmer from the side.

Contour your nose

Contouring your nose is a technique used to give your face more symmetrical proportions by manipulating light and shadow. This technique can be used to create the illusion of a smaller, more defined nose from the side view. To contour your nose from the side view with makeup, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by applying a lighter foundation or face primer all over your face, including the area around your nose. This helps to create an even formula that will make contouring easier.
  2. Using a matte bronzer, apply it lightly along the sides of your nose as well as onto the bridge of your nose for definition.
  3. Take a dark brown or black eyeshadow and apply this sparingly down along both sides of the bridge of your nose in order to create shadows; this will give you more depth and shape when shading from the side view.
  4. Add blush onto each cheekbone to bring some colour back into the look while adding glowy definition with a highlighter on top of the cheeks and below each eyebrow arch can also help draw attention away from the centre features on your face – like you nose – whilst retaining balance through facial symmetry.
  5. Once you are happy with how everything looks, set it all in place with setting powder and/or spray so it lasts all day long!
  6. To finish off this look, use mascara or eyeliner on both eyes to open them up and define them further; this should help add some final details that tie together nicely!


Hairstyles can be a great way to make your nose look smaller from the side. Whether you want to make your nose appear more narrow or hide it from the side completely, there are plenty of hairstyles that can help you achieve this.

This section will cover the best hairstyles to make your nose look smaller from the side:

Choose a hairstyle that frames your face

When it comes to hairstyles that can help make your nose look smaller, the goal is to choose a cut and style that frames your face in a flattering way. Longer hairstyles with soft layers and waves can help balance out a prominent nose, while side swept bangs will draw attention away from your nose.

People with curly hair may find benefit in using large rollers to create body and more movement in their locks as this can add volume—which will make it look like your nose isn’t as big as it appears.

For people with straight or wavy hair, consider adding layers or soft curls around your face. This will bring attention up to the hair rather than the nose when you’re viewed from the side. For natural volume, blow dry your hair at an angle away from the line of sight of your nose. Opt for medium length styles which are comfortable yet stylistic enough to draw eyes upward towards the eyes and away from the sides of the face.

Add volume to your hair

Adding volume to your hair can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of your nose from the side. To do so, use volumizing shampoo, conditioner and styling products to lift up and expand your hair at the sides.

You can also use layers and mousse to create more fullness around your face; try styling in twists or waves for a bold look. Additionally, incorporate some streaks of color to enhance dimension and draw attention away from your nose.

Finally, for a more dramatic look, add fringe or bangs that gently frame your face and take away any focus on the size of your nose.

Use bangs to distract from the nose

Bangs are an excellent tool to use when you want to distract from certain facial features. If you’re looking to make your nose look smaller from the side, try styling your hair with a wispy layered bang that slightly covers the bridge of your nose. This will act as a distraction, drawing attention away from the size of your nose.

If you already have longer bangs, try adding soft layers for more fullness at the sides and create volume at the edges. This will add texture and draw attention away from any curved or prominent features on the face, such as a larger nose.

If you prefer shorter hairstyles, try a blunt cut fringe that is just above or at eyebrow length. Alternatively, go for long side swept bangs that just barely reach your cheekbones – this style will draw attention to the eyes and other areas of interest away from the nose. A blunt cut fringe combined with wispy layered sides can also be effective in helping to make the nose appear smaller than it naturally is when seen side-on.

Clothing and Accessories

Clothing and accessories can be an effective way to make your nose look smaller from the side. There are a few simple styling tips and tricks you can use to make your nose appear smaller, such as:

  • wearing darker or bolder colors near your nose
  • adding texture to your hair
  • wearing glasses or hats
  • accessorizing with jewelry

By using the right clothing and accessories, you can create the illusion of a smaller nose and have a more balanced and attractive profile.

Wear clothing that draws attention away from the nose

To make your nose appear smaller from the side, choose clothing and accessories that draw attention away from the nose and draw attention to the eyes, lips, or other areas of your face. For example, you can accessorize with bright jewelry like rings or necklaces that draw attention to your face. A bright colored scarf around the neck is another great way to distract attention from your nose. You can also wear eye-popping makeup such as sparkly lip gloss or bright shades on your eyelids in order to draw people’s attention away from the nose.

To further create an illusion of a smaller nose, opt for lighter colors rather than dark and try wearing items that give a vertical elongation effect, like scarves or jackets with vertical stripes. Darker solid colors will make your features more noticeable. When selecting a hat such as a baseball cap, choose one with an adjustable strap so it fits properly and does not sit too far back on your head—doing so will avoid making your facial features seem larger than they are by emphasizing them.

Wear bold-colored accessories

Wearing bold-colored accessories can be a great way to make your nose look smaller from the side. This is because bright and vivid colors draw attention, instantly making them the focal point of any outfit.

Accessories such as boldly-colored scarves, jewelry, handbags, shoes and hats are all excellent options to try. When you wear brightly hued accessories, it will help draw attention away from your nose, making it appear much smaller than it is. You don’t have to stick to just one color either; you can experiment with different color combos for a more dynamic look!

Choose accessories that complement your outfit, such as scarves that match the colors of your shirt or jacket. A few simple pieces can go a long way towards making your nose look much smaller than it actually is.

Use glasses to draw attention away from the nose

A great way to draw attention away from your nose is by wearing glasses. Eyewear can be used as an accessory to draw the eye away from the nose. Wearing larger framed glasses will make the nose appear smaller, as larger frames focus attention away from facial features.

You can achieve a classic look with clubmaster style frames or channel a more modern appeal with oval or round glasses. Prescription glasses are perfect for this trick, but you can also try non-prescription clip-on sunglasses or colored frames if you are not suited for prescription lenses. Adding a frame will instantly add character and fetching style to any outfit, so there’s no reason not to incorporate this trick into your wardrobe arsenal!


Exercising can be an effective tool for reducing the size of your nose from the side. By strengthening the muscles under your nose, you can reduce its size and make it look smaller. Additionally, specific facial exercises can help target the muscles of your nose and give the appearance of a smaller nose from the side.

Let’s explore some of the exercise you can do to achieve this:

Perform facial exercises to slim the nose

Facial exercises are considered to be an effective way to make your nose look smaller from the side. To get started, tilt your head back slightly and position your eyes at the same level as your eyebrows. Put two fingers of one hand on each side of the bridge of your nose while you exhale deeply. Now, use a forward and outward pushing motion as you inhale. This helps to flare out the nostrils, reducing the downward curve and making the bottom of your nose appear more symmetrical.

Next, pull both corners of your lips gently towards your ears while keeping the rest of your face still. Place two fingers on each nostril and press lightly while you inhale through the nose slowly. Then relax and repeat 10 times for each exercise to help bring more definition to the area around where our nose meets our cheeks (also known as nasolabial groove).

Finally, don’t forget about lip exercises! Pull both lips inwards towards your teeth with enough pressure that it feels like you’re sucking a lemon – then hold for five seconds before releasing slowly with an exaggerated exhaling sound getting longer as you let go completely. Lip exercises are great for slimming down that “chubby-nosed” look around the sides of our face! Repeat about 10 times for best results – trust us, it works!

Strengthen the muscles around the nose

The shape of your nose is determined in large part by the muscles around it. Strengthening these muscles can make your nose look smaller from the side, lessen deep grooves and create a more symmetrical appearance.

Perform specific exercises designed to strengthen muscles around the bridge of the nose, such as frontal head lifts and bridge lifts. This exercise involves tilting your head upward so that you are looking at the ceiling and taking slow, deep breaths in and out through your nose while maintaining an active contraction of facial muscles. Bridge lifts involve clenching a teeth-clenching movement while placing one hand on either side of a raised chin. Hold this until you feel muscles contracting beneath your fingers, then relax and repeat several times each day.

Nasal exercises may strengthen weaker muscles in facial areas around the lips, nostrils and brows, which can lead to improved contours in these areas that will help slim down the width of a nose from the side profile view. Practice lip twitches; bring both lips together as if forming an ‘O’, then hold for five seconds before releasing and repeating several times each day to work weak nasal area muscles along with strong chin lift exercises. Activating weak nasal area muscle groups works best when performed alongside active chin retractions; open wide then retract into closed mouth position then revert back to open wide – all rounded motion without moving any other parts of facial or neck region throughout exercise duration for maximum result potential. Make sure to keep breathing deeply throughout all these exercises for best results!

Massage the nose to reduce puffiness

Massaging your nose can help reduce puffiness and make the nose appear to be smaller. To massage the nose, use light, soft touches beginning at the bridge, where the bone and flesh meet. Using a slight circular motion move outwards on either side of your nose. Making sure to not press too hard; it should feel like a gentle tickling sensation.

Massage each side for a few seconds before moving onto the next section of your nose’s bridge. After massaging both sides of the bridge move down one side of your nose, continuing with gentle circular motions as you work your way down and out from the center point. Do this on both sides of your nose before repeating on any area that still feels or looks puffy or swollen. For extra help in reducing swelling you can add some aromatherapy oils to your fingertips for a more soothing massaging experience.