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Contouring the Nose

Corrections can be applied to give the illusion of a differently shaped nose. Contouring and highlighting can therefore be used on the nose to sculpt it. There are many different types of noses and vary due to length, size, and shape. Here is a chart.

Contouring The Nose
Contouring The Nose

Types of Noses

  • Long
  • Short
  • Thick
  • Fine
  • Wide
  • Narrow
  • Twisted

Long Nose

  1. Use dark corrections on the tip and wings of the nose to make it straight.
  2. If the nose is thin, create an effect of wider width by applying a light color to the sides.
  3. A light-tone or neutral shade of lip color is recommended.

Short Nose

  1. Highlight the tip of the nose.
  2. Highlight the wings of the nose.

Thick Nose

  1. Shade the sides of the nose and the tip of the nose.
  2. Remove hair from the space between the eyebrows, making them separate further so the nose appears smaller.

Fine Nose

  1. Apply a shade or two lighter than the skin tone to the all over nose area.

Wide Nose

  1. Apply a darker color to the sides of the nose, contouring the sides of the nose.
  2. Highlight the center of the nose.

Narrow Nose

  1. Make up the laterals with a light-tone color to give the illusion of more width.

Twisted Nose

  1. Apply a dark color to the side of the deviation and a light color to the other side.
  2. Where hairstyle is concerned, a fringe that leans to the contrary direction of the deviation will help detract attention from that zone.

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Best Makeup Application for Eyes

Shading and highlighting is not limited to corrections on the face, but can be applied to the eyes as well. Here is a chart.

Eye Shapes and Makeup Application
Eye Shapes and Makeup Application












Types of Eyes

  • Deep Set Eyes
  • Protruding Eyes
  • Close Set Eyes
  • Wide Set Eyes
  • Round Eyes
  • Down Turned Eyes
  • Small Eyes

Deep-Set Eyes

Suggested steps for correction of these types of eyes are:

  1. Use a light pencil on the inside rim of the eyes.
  2. Apply light, glazed shadow on the eyelid, slightly darkening the area above.
  3. Outline the outer extreme of the eye.

Protruding Eyes

Suggest steps for correction of these types of eyes are:

  1. Eyeliner must be dark and thick.
  2. Use a dark pencil on the inside of the eyes.
  3. Apply a dark, matte shade to the lid and light ones just below the brows.
  4. Use a lot of mascara on the eyelashes.
  5. Widen brows in proportion to the eye.

Close Set Eyes

Suggested steps for these types of eyes are:

  1. Sketch a line on the eyes with the dark shadow, starting halfway and extending until the outer corner.
  2. Use ivory on the inside rim of the eye and dark pencils on the outside.
  3. Use a lot of mascara on the upper and lower lashes.

Wide Set Eyes

Suggested steps for these types of eyes are:

  1. Use a dark shadow to draw a thicker line on the inside and thin out toward the outside.
  2. Use dark eye shadows on the inside, smudged outwards and light-tone shadows on the outside.
  3. Intensify the eyes with mascara focusing on the inner lashes closest the nose.

Round Eyes

Suggested steps for these types of eyes are:

  1. Make a line with dark shades on both the eye lid and along the lower lash line, making sure that the lines are slightly horizontal and long. Smudge the lines and then clarify with an eyeliner.
  2. Apply light-toned shadows under the eyebrows and dark ones from the tear ducts to the temple in a slanted angle.
  3. Intensify the eyes with mascara, focusing on the middle and outer lashes.

Down Turned Eyes

*It is important to avoid descending lines* Suggested steps for these types of eyes are:

  1. Make a thin line from the tear duct and slope the ending upwards creating a thicker line on the outer corners of the eyes. Do not go past the lid.
  2. Place light shadows on the inner corner of the eye and darker shadows on the outside.
  3. Apply a large quantity of mascara, extending the outer lashes.
  4. Give a point of luminosity on the eyebrow arch with a metallic or shimmer tone.

Small Eyes

Suggested steps for these types of eyes are:

  • Apply light shadows on the upper lid.
  • Create a slight dark shading over the eye fold.
  • Line the eye above and below.
  • Apply a lot of mascara on both the upper and lower lashes.


The use of glasses should not be an impediment for makeup, but this should be adapted to different scenarios.

Short-Sighted Vision

The eyes appear smaller than they really are, so it would be necessary to enlarge them with makeup.

Use light-toned colors under the brow bones and on the insides with dark tones from the middle of the eye and outward.

The eyeliner should be applied thin on the inner corner of the eye and become thicker toward the outside corners.

Long-Sighted Vision

In this case, the lens enlarges and deforms the eye.

Use dark shadows on the lid and smudged into the crease. Avoid shimmers and metallics on the eyes.

Line the eyes with a dark pencil and apply mascara softly.

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Best Makeup Application for Face Shapes

Correctors and concealers that brighten and lift are great products to apply underneath foundation for highlighting purposes ( However, highlighting can be done with many different products such as powders or shimmers. Basically, anything a shade or two lighter than the skin tone can be used to highlight the area. Highlighters are used to make something look larger, prominent, brighter, and bring a feature forward from a sunken area.

Contouring can be done by using a darker shade and applying it to create depth or to de-emphasize. Darker foundations, bronzers or powders can be used to contour and must be matte. Darker eye shadows can be used on the eyes to create depth in areas of the eyes. 

Working with Different Face Shapes

Face Shapes





The first thing to keep in mind when doing any shading or highlighting is that the “ideal” face shape is oval. Other reasons for highlighting and shading areas of the face depend on whether you want to emphasize or sink in areas of the face.

Types of Faces

  • Heart
  • Oval
  • Round
  • Square
  • Long oval
  • Diamond

Oval Shaped Face

The oval shaped face does not require much correction. Analyze the rest of the face and see if there are areas to be emphasized and other areas to create depth. Highlighting is usually done at the T-Zone: forehead, center of nose and chin. Darker products are normally used on the cheekbones and temples.


Heart Shaped Face

Heart shaped faces are wide at the forehead and come to a point at the chin. A general characteristic is an accented cheekbone and pointed chin.

To correct:

  1. Apply a light-tone color along the jaw line and cheekbones.
  2. Apply a darker color starting from the outer part of the eye towards the temple.
  3. Rouge must be applied starting from the top of the cheekbones and sweeping downwards.
  4. Apply darker makeup at the hairline in the forehead area and at the tip of the chin.


Round Shaped Face

Round shaped faces need corrections to create volume and shapes.

To correct:

  1. Brush a dark shade starting at the base of the ear diagonally from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth. This will light up the upper part of the cheekbones and chin to create volume and depth.
  2. Darken the jaw and the temples.
  3. Do not make round-shaped shadows at the eyes.
  4. Eyebrow shape must be lightly pointed, avoiding a curved shaped.
  5. Avoid a hairstyle with volume at the laterals.


Square Shaped Face

The proportions of a square shaped face are the same in the upper zone as it is in the lower zone. In other words, the same width applies to the forehead and jaw.

To correct:

  1. Apply darker shades to the chin.
  2. Apply depth to the extreme end of the sides of the face.
  3. To smooth angular lines of the face, eye shadows should be rounded.


Oblong Shaped Face

If the shape of the face is oval but it is lengthened, then it is a long oval shaped face. This type of face is characterized by its long form and narrowness. Apply makeup in horizontal strokes wherever possible.

To correct:

  1. In the cheekbones, accentuate the roundness towards the tear duct.
  2. Apply the makeup and in a natural fashion without making corrections.
  3. Sweep rouge from the center of the cheekbone towards the temples.
  4. If the oval is too long, apply a darker tone of makeup in the upper and lower parts.
  5. With a long oval face shape, avoid an extremely long hair style and a one-side parting.
  6. Try a hairstyle that wears volume at laterals.


Diamond Shaped Face

A diamond shaped face is notable for its angular shapes, prominent jawline, chin and cheekbones. A characteristic feature of a diamond face shape is that the chin is really straight or lightly pointed.

To correct:

  1. Apply a light-toned color in temples and cheekbones.
  2. The blush must be of a dark color, avoiding light ones since they will further highlight the cheekbones.
  3. Eyebrows should lean towards a round shape.
  4. Direct a lock of hair to the jawline when choosing a hairstyle.