Whiten Your Teeth At Home
Turn your grin into a dazzler and fast with these expert lip tips and teeth-whitening treatments
Who's Afraid of Bold, Red Lips?
Red lipstick looks festive — and can make your teeth look brighter. Here's help in finding (and putting on) the right red hue for you.
- Use this foolproof method: Choose a color based on your undertones, says L.A. makeup artist Heather Currie. If your skin is olive, orangey reds look best. Try Chanel Rouge Allure in Audace ($30, department stores). If pink undertones predominate, try blue-based reds like Avon Limited Edition Pro-to-Go Lipstick in Party Rouge ($8, avon.com). True reds — neither too blue nor too orange — are the tooth brighteners. They look good on everyone. Try Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge ($29, department stores).
- Dress up lips with berry tones if you're red-shy; they're slightly less siren-y. Try a wine or plum shade, such as Revlon ColorStay Mineral Lipglaze in Perpetual Plum ($9, drugstores).
- Opt for sheer formulas if your skin is blotchy or uneven. Conversely, the deepest, most opaque reds flatter smooth, even skin.
- Match your liner to red lipstick. You want reds to look really perfect, suggests celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip.
- Keep lipstick off teeth with this Hollywood makeup artist's move: Apply your shade, then place a clean finger in your mouth, purse your lips, and pull your finger out along with any excess color.
Give your favorite shade more staying power by filling in lips with liner, placing color over it, then dabbing on translucent powder. Add another coat of color and a second light dusting of powder. Or try a long-lasting lipstick; the latest formulas don't dry out lips. We like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lipstick in Rosé ($12, drugstores).
Five Quick Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
In the shower: Stop stains and tartar buildup in five minutes a day. Crest Whitestrips Daily Whitening Plus Tartar Protection ($40, drugstores)
At snack time: Choose crunchy fruits and veggies, such as apple slices, carrots, and celery sticks. They actually help clean your teeth while you munch, explains cosmetic dentist Jeff Golub-Evans, D.D.S.
After lunch: Chewing sugar-free gum can absorb some of the new-to-the-surface stains when you don't have time to brush. Supersmile Professional Whitening Gum ($24 for 100 pieces, supersmile.com)
Night out: This gloss's blue undertones make teeth appear whiter; its shiny, minty formula gives lips, and breath, a boost. CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint in Plum Crazy ($5, drugstores)
After dinner: Swish water in your mouth for 30 seconds right after eating to help prevent stains, says Dr. Golub-Evans.
Originally published on October 30, 2008
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