Sniffing Out Nose Shapes: The 12 Most Common Nose Types
Whether you’re scouting ideas for a nose re-shaping procedure or just want to know which kind of nose you have, this list of the most common nose types will provide you with the insight you’re after.
Nose shapes are just like any other body part: no two are exactly alike. With that being said, there are shared features and commonalities that you can identify in order to help you figure out which nose most closely resembles your own.
According to Israeli professor Abraham Tamir, the majority of nose shapes can be classified into one of 14 distinct types, ranging from the fleshy nose, which is the most common by a landslide, to the less common snub nose and hawk nose. Tamir published his findings in a 2011 edition of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.
However, scholars have since determined that Tamir’s study has its drawbacks, most notably that it essentially only identifies the most common types of Caucasian noses. For that reason we’ve altered our list to include common nose shapes found in white populations as well as those seen more often in African Americans, Asians and Latinos.
Nose shapes are defined by a variety of factors, primarily the shape of the nasal bones and the nasal cartilage. During nose-reshaping surgery, doctors are able to manipulate by smoothing, augmenting and enhancing either the bones or the cartilage of the nose.
Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all nose shapes have their unique aesthetic advantages, the Roman nose, the snub nose, and the Greek nose are the most popular shapes requested by plastic surgery candidates.
» If you’re interested in discussing or undergoing a rhinoplasty, whether surgical or non-invasive, use our cosmetic directory to find a board-certified plastic surgeon nearby. It’s important to weigh your options and seek multiple professional opinions before considering this procedure.
The 12 Most Common Nose Types
1. The Fleshy Nose
By far the most common nose shape identified in Tamir’s study, the fleshy nose accounts for over 24 percent of noses. This type of nose, which was dubbed “The Einstein” by CBS News (because of Einstein’s blatantly fleshy sniffer) is marked by its bulbous appearance.
Typically, fleshy noses are identified by their large, protruding shape. They can be petite as well, just so long as they have more of a fatty appearance than a bony one. In addition to Albert Einstein, many famous celebs sport the fleshy nose, including Prince Philip and Mark Ruffalo.
2. The Turned-Up Nose
The turned-up nose, aka the celestial nose, is exactly what you’d expect it to be: a relatively small nose with a dent at the middle of the bridge and a protruding lobule, or tip. Celebrities like Emma Stone have made the turned-up nose extra-desirable, with plastic surgeons reporting that hers is one of the most-oft requested nose shapes identified by nose-reshaping surgery candidates.
Sometimes the corrected up-turned nose can arguably go a little too far, as in the case of Michael Jackson’s nose post-plastic surgery, but such anomalies aside, the top board-certified rhinoplasty surgeons have pretty well perfected the art of the celestial nose. Along with Emma Stone, English Actress Carey Mulligan is also known for her upturned nose. About 13 percent of people share the celestial nose.
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3. The Roman Nose
Much like the less-common Greek nose, the Roman nose is named so because it resembles the noses found on the faces of many ancient Roman sculptures. The Roman nose is marked by its sloping curve that prominently protrudes from the face. Its exaggerated bridge often has a slight bend or curve.
This European sniffer is often found in those with a strong, defined profile. Celebrities with a Roman nose shape include Ryan Gosling and Tom Cruise (proof, perhaps, that even the most dramatic nose shapes don’t deter from attractiveness). Roughly 9 percent of the global population have Roman noses.
4. The Bumpy Nose
Also found in approximately 9 percent of the population, the Bumpy Nose is another one of the world’s most common nose shapes. This nose is marked by its bumpy outline, with either a subtle or prominent curve in the dip.
Those with a bumpy nose are among the most common candidates for rhinoplasty, as it’s relatively simple for surgeons to smooth bumps (sometimes in minimally invasive no-knife nose job procedures) when compared to other procedures, like widening and slimming. In her younger years, Barbra Streisand had a prominent bump in her nose, which she later smoothed out with rhinoplasty.
5. The Snub Nose
Sometimes referred to as “The Mirren,” since it resembles the nose of Actress Helen Mirren, the snub nose is marked by its distinctive thin and pointed appearance. Those with a snub nose will also notice that it features a smaller, slightly rounder silhouette with a subtle upward slope at the tip.
It differs from the celestial nose in that it has a softer, rounder shape rather than a pointy appearance. According to Tamir’s study, only 5 percent of those surveyed had a snub nose.
6. The Hawk Nose
Marked by its dramatic curved shape and prominent bridge, the hawk nose gets its name because it resembles the curved beak of an eagle and other predatory birds. The hawk nose is also referred to as the beak nose or aquiline nose (the word aquiline means “eagle-like”), and is a significant contributing factor to face shapes with strong profiles.
Celebrities with hawk noses include Adrian Brody, Barbra Streisand and Daniel Radcliffe. According to Tamir’s study, 4.9 percent of people have a hawk-shaped nose.
7. The Greek Nose
Sometimes referred to as “the straight nose,” the Greek nose is often the envy of those of us with crooked noses. This type of nose is defined by its remarkably straight bridge, which is generally free of any humps or curves, and gets its name from the perfectly straight noses on centuries-old sculptures of Greek gods.
A good example of a celebrity with a Greek nose is Jennifer Aniston, who — no surprise here — is a second-generation Greek. Her father, Greek-born Actor John Aniston, also sports the Greek “schnoz”. Princess Kate Middleton also has a good example of the Greek nose. Only about 3 percent of people share the Greek nose shape.
8. The Nubian Nose
Featuring a longer bridge with a wide base, the Nubian nose, also called the wide nose, is most commonly found in those of African descent. According to the plastic surgeons we spoke to for the purposes of this article, people with Nubian noses tend to be regular recipients of plastic surgery, with patients often requesting narrowing procedures.
We think the Nubian nose needs no adjusting though, especially considering that some of the best-looking celebs — Beyoncé, Gabrielle Union and Michael Ealy among them — have this nose shape.
9. The East Asian Nose
Although it varies from country to country, the East Asian nose — marked by its slim, flat shape with a shorter tip — is one of the most common nose shapes among those who come from East Asian regions. According to Los Angeles based rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Charles Lee, many Asian patients request a widening of the nose in order to complement the rest of their facial features.
With that being said, many people with wider and larger nose shapes request reshaping surgeries to make their nose look more like the East Asian nose.
10. The Nixon Nose
Aptly named because it resembles the iconic feature found on the 37th president of the United States, the Nixon nose is one of the least common nose shapes.
This prominent nose type is marked by its straight bridge, which curves at the end with a wider tip. Less than 1 percent of the population surveyed in Tamir’s study had a Nixon nose.
11. The Bulbous Nose
Found in less than 0.5 percent of the population, this rare nose shape is defined by its rounded, curved tip, which often protrudes outward to create a bulbous, circular silhouette at the bottom of the nose.
The most famous examples of celebrities with bulbous nose are Bill Clinton and Aussie Actor Leo McKern, with the bulbous nose commonly used as an exaggerated feature in caricatures and cartoons.
12. The Combo Nose
Though not technically its own nose shape, the combo nose takes components from various different nose shapes to create a unique silhouette. As you may have noticed, some celebs were listed twice as nose-shape examples, proving that even the rich and famous have nose shapes that don’t necessarily fall into a specific category.
For example, Barbra Streisand is a good example of a celeb who (pre-rhinoplasty) had a hawk-shaped nose with a bump. Those with combo noses prove that noses are like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same.
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