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How to: Make Your Teeth Look Brighter Faster Than You Can Say ‘Cheese!’
Fri, 8 June 2012 4:17PM
Fact: we’re not all born with super white pegs. While it’s a well known fact that certain foods, medications and drinks can cause discolouration, it’s important to remember that everyone’s teeth have a different base colour to begin with. For the record, while tea, coffee, cigarettes, curry, berries and my personal vice, red wine, are the major culprits, the good news is that when it comes to staining, there are a few tiny tweaks you can make to your daily beauty routine to make your smile appear that much brighter.
Someone appoint Jessica Biel as the global ambassador for off-the-charts white teeth already, please.
- Rather than blowing your tax refund on laser, you can take baby steps by making the switch to a teeth-whitening toothpaste. Try Colgate MaxWhite One Ice Toothpaste, $5.99, from pharmacies and supermarkets, that you can use daily to kickstart your efforts.
- Invest in a blue-based lipstick. Call us crazy, but over the years, we’ve come to the conclusion that as much as we love orange and pink bullets, they tend to exaggerate yellowness. When it comes to making teeth looking super white, wearing a blue-based red with a hint of gloss on the centre of the lips, is the closest thing to professional whitening, this side of a dentist’s chair.
- Go for gold. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you can’t go wrong with a coat or two of fake tan. Even if you don’t have time for a full-body tan, try blending a small amount of your regular fake tan with your every day face moisturiser for a subtle glow. Just like bronzer, the hint of gold does a stellar job at warming up the complexion to make the whites of your eyes and your teeth look instantly brighter.
- Totally random tip: a stylist friend of mine also suggested switching up your gold jewellery for some fresh silver or white gold pieces which can help to down-play unwanted yellow undertones in the skin and teeth.
Have you got any tips and tricks for making your teeth looking whiter?
Do you think the fake-tan tip works?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe