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How to make your nose look smaller

Tired of the big nose jokes? Considering rhinoplasty to change the shape of your unsightly honker? You can make your nose look smaller without undergoing surgical treatment by following our schnozzle-reducing beauty tips.

Close up of woman's nose |

Wear large-framed glasses

Vision Council of America advises that big noses will appear larger if you wear prescription glasses or sunglasses with small, thin frames. Go for the largest-frame glasses you can find, keeping in mind that they still have to be in proportion to your face size. If the frames are too big, you’ll look like you have a pinhead.

Change your hairstyle

Big hair will take the focus off your nose and make it appear smaller, but be sure to keep it off your face, because shadows can give the illusion that your nose is much bigger than it actually is.

Hairstyles that will detract from your nose

  • Side parts
  • Soft curls or waves
  • Layers around the face
  • Scruffy updos

Hairstyles that will highlight your nose

  • Centre parts
  • Straight cuts
  • Sleek styles
  • Tight ponytails

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Try technology

Japanese nose

Hana tsun nose straighter |

The Hana Tsun nose straightener looks more like a torture device than a product designed to straighten and slenderize your nose. It has two inner silicone inserts that are shoved up your nostrils and two outer ones manufacturers claim will make your nose thinner with 20 minutes’ use a day. (, $48)

Japanese electric
nose straightener

Electric nose straightner |

Now you can have a nose-lift without the hassle of surgery. This vibrating Beauty Lift High Nose, which looks a little Hannibal Lecter-ish, attaches to your nose and gently vibrates to make it higher and firmer. At least that’s what the manufacturer claims. (, $68)

Use makeup

Celebrity makeup artist Jhizet Panosian, who has worked with big names like Guy Ritchie, Lenny Kravitz and Patricia Arquette, recommends using foundation to contour your nose so it appears thinner.

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  • Choose a foundation a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, and using a concealer brush, follow the line from the top of your eyebrow down to the side of your nose.
  • Use a makeup sponge to blend it into the skin. Don’t go too dark, or it will look weird.
  • Repeat on the other side of your nose.
  • Follow with a foundation a few shades lighter than your skin tone to add highlights to the rim and bridge of the nose. Blend it well.
  • Use a lip gloss to emphasize a different feature on your face, or highlight your eyes to take the focus away from your nose.

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