I Tried TikTok’s Finger Paint Contour Hack

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Renee Rodriguez

  • A hack to get around your nose using only your fingers recently went viral on TikTok.
  • To test it, you only need the contour product of your choice and, of course, your fingers.
  • An editor put the makeup hack to the test and was impressed with the results.

A few weeks ago I had my second run-in with contact dermatitis and my first run-in with steroid acne. All in all, that meant I was out of the skincare and makeup game for almost three weeks. Although I mostly prefer not to wear makeup, when the three weeks were almost over, I was honestly eager to put on some new makeup looks that I had been eyeing. During the weeks where I couldn’t use any of my favorite products, I spent a lot of time browsing TikTok and saving tons of makeup hacks to try out in the future.

The one I was most excited to try was a finger paint nose contour hack from TikTok user Theresa B. In the video, she contours her nose using just a contour stick and her fingers, and the hack is quick and easy and looks amazing.


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Normally, when I do my contour, I draw it directly on my nose using the contour product of my choice. From there, I blend everything together with a wet beauty blender. If I really want to be specific, I sometimes use a makeup brush to draw it in. If I’m in a hurry, sometimes I tan my nose all over. Anyway, I’ve never gotten around my nose using just my fingers.

Before testing the hack, I started by applying my makeup normally to the majority of my face. I applied a tiny bit of my all-time favorite concealer, Lawless Conseal the Deal Concealer ($26); a little blushing; and a tiny bit of lip liner, then it was time to outline my nose.

Tiktok finger paint nose outline

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Renee Rodriguez

Instead of drawing the outline directly on my nose, I applied the product to the pads of one of my pointer fingers. In the video I had seen on TikTok, Theresa B. used the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Contour Skinstick ($28), however, I chose to use the Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Bronzer Stick ($23) because that I had on hand. From there, I rubbed my two index fingers together to evenly distribute the product. Then I traced the pigment along the tip of my nose as well as the inner nostril area to form a V. Then I dabbed the rest of the product under the beginning of each eyebrow. With my clean fingers, I then blended it in while gliding the product along the bridge of my nose to connect the two dots together.

The Rare Beauty Bronzer Stick blends extremely well, so I wasn’t worried about getting too much product on my face – in fact, I was a bit worried otherwise. I ended up having to apply bronzer twice to the pads of my pointer fingers, but once I finally got enough product on my nose, I loved the end results.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Renee Rodriguez

The hack contoured my nose easily, and it was 10 times faster than any other contour trick I’ve tried in the past, with truly impressive results. I also didn’t use a single ounce of concealer or highlighter on my nose, but it still looked slimmer than ever. I love it was fast and accurate, as I find I usually have to sacrifice one or the other for makeup.

I recently went on a trip to Mexico and forgot my beauty blender so I used this hack every time I did my makeup. I loved the end result, and it’s a hack I plan to use even now that I’m back home.

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