The nose is one of the most prominent focal points on your face. For starters, its location is right in the centre of the face, meaning it’s one of the first things people see when first laying eyes on you. Secondly, the nose sticks out further from the face than any other facial feature, making it a more prominent focal point, especially when viewed from the side.
Insecurities in the shape and size of the nose are one of the reasons that rhinoplasty is consecutively the number one cosmetic surgery performed every year on both men and women. Not every nose will work on every face, and thus your favourite celebrity nose may not work for your face. But if you’re looking to change the shape of your nose, it’s important to do your research first.
Still, it’s good to know about the different types of noses out there, from the most popular to the most common. Here are a few popular nose shapes and some celebrity examples of each.
The celestial nose also goes by the name “upturned nose” or, more commonly, the “button nose.” This type of nose is typically known for its smallness in size and features a small dent along the bridge, paired with a slightly protruding nasal tip. Actresses such as Emma Stone have made this one of the most sought-after noses among women who seek rhinoplasty.
This popular nose shape is named after the chiselled sculptures of ancient Greece. This is harder to come by nose shape naturally, as it requires near-perfect straightness to the entire nose, without any bends, bumps, or deviations on the bridge or tip. It is thought that less than 3% of the world’s population has this style of nose, with actress Jennifer Aniston being one of these lucky few.
The Roman nose is similar to the Greek nose but allows more room for imperfection and thus is a far more common nose type compared to its Greek counterpart.
The Roman nose is still strong and chiselled like the Greek nose but slopes with a curve that protrudes slightly from the face. This nose style works on both men and women, from the ruggedly handsome Ryan Gosling and Tom Cruise to A-list actress Meryl Streep.
This type of nose is named after and made popular by the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton. The duchess nose is a nose that fits proportionately to the face, meaning it does not need to be overly thin in nature. It is, however, straight cut along the bridge and features a small roundness around the tip of the nose.
The snub nose is a very popular type of nose, especially among women, as it is considered to be a very feminine style of the nose. Hollywood icons Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly both had this type of nose, known for its rounded nose tip that sloped upwards slightly. The nose is also typically quite small on the face.