5 Tricks for a Brighter Smile

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In the long term, brushing and flossing regularly is the best thing you could do for your smile. When this goes wrong, there is always teeth bleaching. But, it isn’t for everyone. It’s expensive, it can hurt your teeth, especially if they’re already sensitive and you probably have to do it more than once. Luckily, there is a less expensive and less invasive way to make your teeth look whiter. Choosing the right makeup can have the same effect.

Here’s how to do it:

Complexion prep

Having an even complexion will allow you to focus on your best features. Start with cleaning and moisturizing and then apply some light foundation and concealer. Choosing the right bronzer is the key when it comes to brightening. If your bronzer is too dark it will bring attention to all the imperfections of your smile, on the other hand, taupe-toned ones will have the opposite effect and make your teeth brighter. Mate foundation under your cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose will contour the shape of your face and enhance your smile greatly.

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Focus on the eyes

You might not have seen this coming – but focusing on your eyes can help a lot with your pearly whites. Use cool-toned colors to counter-balance the yellow tones. Silver blue and purple eyeshadows will work best during the winter and green, turquoise and other brighter tones should wait for spring. Also, remember to choose the right jewelry to go with your eyeshadow. It should be matched with red (garnet or ruby), purple (amethyst or sapphire) and blue (topaz or aquamarine) gemstones.  White metals, like silver and white gold, are also an option. Basically, if you choose a cool-toned makeup, you’ll need to wear something sparkly for balance.

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Lipstick

Choosing the right shade of lipstick is definitely the best way to make your teeth appear brighter. It isn’t going to replace visiting an orthodontist, but it’s the next best thing. Pick blue based formulas instead of orange or red ones. The alternative is to go with berry hue, which comes in a lot of shade and that’s always a good thing. It’s a matter of color wheel rules: blue and orange cancel each other out –and canceling orange is your goal if you’re not satisfied with your teeth.

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Lip liner

The color isn’t everything. Highlighting your lips to make them appear fuller will also give you a brighter smile. Apply lip liner around your lips as well as a little light concealer. The goal is to accentuate the shape of your mouth. This will be exceptionally visible if you’re also wearing a darker shade of lipstick. You can also go in a completely opposite direction and pick a neutral or nude lipstick. If you do this, remember to that texture is as important as the color – matte formulas can make your lips look dry.

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Gloss

The rules about lipstick apply to your gloss as well – it’s important to keep the tones light and cold and to try to cancel out the yellows with the blues. This means you should stop using any glosses with gold or bronze glitter and focus on those with a silver shimmer. Obviously, don’t forget to moisturize regularly – none of this matters if you look tired and worn out.

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Confidence is largely based on your ability to feel good in your own body, so don’t be afraid of smiling more radiating positive energy. If you follow these pieces of advice, there will be nothing left to stop you.

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