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How To Raise A Low Bridge

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Insecurities suck, especially the ones staring at you, right in the center of your face. If you have a 'thing' about your nose, you've probably considered ajose nob' (the polite term for when discussing this in a crowded space with your best friend). First off, you shouldn't have a 'thing' about anything, because yah beautiful, dahling. Secondly, take a step back. You might dislike your nose now, but that could all change in a year or two as your face matures. Hell, it could change tomorrow. Rather than book a consultation with the shiniest plastic surgeon currently advertising in American Way , consider the transformative effect of contouring. We brought in makeup artist Allie Smith to play doctor on a few noses around the Gloffice, using a blending brush as her scalpel. Today's post is for readers who think theirs could use a little more definition.

The Goods: You'll need two contouring shades—one about two shades darker than your skin tone and one a couple of shades lighter. You probably already have what you need in your makeup bag—more on that here.

The Technique: Take the darker shade and draw two lines down the center of the nose—closer together than the actual width of your nose. This will give the illusion of a higher bridge. Lightly dab just outside of the sides of your nose also using the darker shade to give depth on the sides, which will visually bring the center of your nose forward. Use the lighter shade to draw a line down the very center of your nose, between the two darker lines, carrying it to the tip. This will bring the thin area and the tip the furthest forward. Dab gently with your ring finger to blend.

—Allie Smith

Follow Allie on Instagram @alliesmithmakeup. Photos by Annie Kreighbaum.

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