I feel sorry for noses – so many of us aren’t content with their shape or their size – myself included. Some folks even go so far as to have them surgically altered (noooo!), and yet they truly are an amazing part of our anatomy. Whenever I start to get exasperated with mine, I remind myself of the wondrous things my nose does, without me lifting a finger, such as:
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– Filtering my air intake so that I don’t inhale unhealthy particles of who-knows-what into my lungs.
– Letting me know when I’m around something toxic (or that the leftover pizza in the fridge should go in the bin, stat).
– Allowing me to experience the joyous aroma of exquisite perfumes, flowers, red wine, pizza…
– Defining the centre of my face so I know where to place my blush (don’t laugh, it’s true!).
– Providing a handy shelf where I can sit my specs/sunnies.
– Drips annoyingly when I have a cold.
– Apparently continues to grow for as long as I’m alive (according to Carole Maggio) – eek!
– Has a tendency to get in the way when I’m smooching.
– Is prone to blackheads, even if I’m scrupulous with my cleansing routine.
All jokes aside though, it’s blatantly obvious that the functional benefits of noses far outweigh the little bugbears, and yet knowing all this, I still I find myself wishing my nose looked different; you know, a bit thinner, pointier or smaller? OK call me vain, but I’m not about to go under the scalpel just because it isn’t quite the way I’d like it to be. Instead I use a simple make-up trick to adjust what I’m not so enthused about, and here’s how I do it.
This is me and my nose. In my opinion, it’s a tad too long and wide, and the tip isn’t quite cute enough.
But, with a couple of strokes either side using a soft brush (I used Models Prefer MP24 Small Eyeshadow Brush) loaded with a toning matte powder a few shades deeper than my skin tone (I used MAC Eye Shadow in Omega), I can make it appear shorter, narrower, and even a wee bit perkier.
Of course it’s all an illusion, but it only takes a few seconds as part of my morning make-up routine, and I think it allows my other facial elements to shine just that little bit more. The best part is if you do it carefully, no one will even know.
But don’t get me wrong, I’m more than thankful to have a nose that does everything it’s supposed to, and I want to make it quite clear that I’m not in the least bit interested in having anyone else’s nose (no, not even Carey Mulligan’s). It is, after all, one of the features that makes my face unique, and me ‘me’. However I’m thrilled that I’ve learnt this simple technique to groom it a little, just as I do with the rest of my face.
I’m in no doubt that there’ll come a day when I won’t give a hoot about my hooter (even if it does keep growing!), but it will probably be the same day I stop wearing make-up entirely, and quite frankly I’m not ready to give up that pleasure yet – it’s way too much fun.
Take care of you,
Do you use contouring techniques to balance your facial features? What do you love most about your face?