"I Can't Stand My Nose"
What facial feature are most people concerned with? Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal has the answer. "Most women -- and men also -- think that their nose is their biggest problem," she says. And while some believe that plastic surgery can correct their imperfections, Mally shows three women a few simple makeup tips that'll do the trick. Check out the gallery to the right for the dramatic before and after pictures.
Akiba, 32, has a unique nickname for her nose: little meatball. "Because it's like a big piece of meat sitting right in the middle of my face," she explains. Akiba says that she hates that her nose is so wide and nostrils so large. "I can smell everything in the room!" she says. "If they could just bring it down a little bit, it would be perfect."
Mally explains how she helps Akiba. "I shaded down either side of the center of her nose," she says, "and then softened the nostrils with the darker powder. When it's darker, it simulates a shadow and really pulls it in. Then I took a bit of a shimmering powder and put it just on the tip so it appears more narrow."
Megan, 24, says that her nose would be more suited for the NHL. "It looks like a hockey player's nose," she says, "who's been in several fights and had it broken." Megan says she had always been happy with her nose until a few years ago, when she noticed it turning up crooked. She's so self-conscious about appearing in photographs that she covers her nose any way she can -- by holding her drink or her hand in front of it, or even standing behind someone else. "If I were happier with my nose," she admits, "I'd definitely have more confidence."
Mally goes to work on Megan. "Since she feels that it's a little bit crooked on one side," she says, "all we did was shade one corner of the end of her nose. The light plays with it, so that sort of straightens it out." Mally suggests using a brush that's sort of fluffy. "You want it to be very soft and shaded," she explains.
According to Mally, Megan was doing a big no-no with her eyebrows that accentuated her nose. "Her brows pushed down," Mally explains, "and it closed up the inner corner of her eyes, so it was like, 'Hi, here's my nose!'. I softened her brow and asked her to grow them in. Then we'll allow them to reshape and give them less of that archy look and more of just a very soft look."
"Where's the bridge?"
Libby, 22, doesn't like the bridge of her nose -- or the lack of a bridge, as she says. "My nose is like an island," Libby describes. "There's this random nose sitting in the middle of my face." In order to take away the focus from her nose, Libby resorts to styling her hair differently and wearing hats. "I would be in more photographs if I liked my nose," she admits, "and I wouldn't hide my face sometimes."
Mally's solution? "We start with the softener up near the brow," she demonstrates, "because what we're trying to do is fake the bridge. We want to make a contour between the eyes -- start up by the brow bone and gently come down on either side of the nose. Take a little of a soft shimmer down the center of the nose to bring everything out and give you the look of a bridge."
Watch the video above to see Mally answer additional makeup questions from the audience.
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