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Your Ideal Nose Shape

Your nose influences the overall appearance of your face. Research suggests there may be up to 14 different types of noses, but only a few are considered more attractive than the rest. Classifications range from the “celestial” to the “fleshy,” and the most revered, including those most requested for rhinoplasty, are as follows.

The Celestial

This nose shape is considered the most attractive for women. It’s angelic, refined, soft, and narrow. It runs in a smooth line directly from the eyes to the tip, where it turns up delicately with an outward curve and no point. Actress Carey Mulligan has a perfect celestial nose.

The Snub

A snub is small, adorable and endearing, a button nose with a slight widening that’s attractive to women and men alike. Rather than elegant and refined, it’s smaller in length, cute and charming with an upturned tip displaying the nostrils. The legendary Elizabeth Taylor’s snub nose is classic.

Greek Nose

This rare nose shape runs in a straight line from the eyes to its tip without a single curve, bump, hook or any form of depression along the way. With such a smooth line and pointed tip, it’s also called a straight nose. The shape is labeled a “Greek nose” because any Greek woman with this nose is deemed beautiful. Research shows a mere 3 percent of nose shapes are Greek, and many of them belong to models.

The Duchess

Kate Middleton’s straight nose with its cute tip is in such demand among plastic surgeons that’s it’s already been named after the British duchess. The shape provides a terrific look for faces that accept it, and artists and photographers agree.

The Aquiline

This type of nose is straight and sleek, gently sloping from the eye to the nostrils. To some, it suggests the personality of a cool, calculating tactician. The nose of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is an example.

The Roman

Due to the prominent bridge of this nose shape, it’s more hooked than curving and quite bulbous in appearance. While strong, it does not overpower the face while suggesting the presence of authority, ambition, and confidence. Actor Tom Cruise has a typical Roman nose.