When you meet someone for the first time, what is the first thing that you notice about them? Their hair, their style, their eyes, their smile? For many people, the smile, mouth, and teeth, is something that many people do notice when they meet someone for the first time. However, a healthy smile can’t be instantly achieved if it isn’t already. There are several steps that you can take, though, to make sure that you do have a winning smile when someone meets you for the first time.
Try Using a Berry Shade of Lipstick
If you have ever found yourself wearing a lot of yellow and find that it makes your skin look a little sallow, then it is because it reflects the yellow tones onto your skin. The same principle works with lipsticks or lip stains that have yellow tones. They can make your teeth look more yellow than they actually are. If you like to wear red lipstick, then this can be a good choice to help eliminate the yellowing look. If you’re not someone that likes to wear red lipstick, then choosing a shade, like a blue based pink, will make your teeth seem whiter and brighter. An easy win right there.
Highlighter often gets used for our cheekbones and perhaps the bridge of our nose. But you can use it to your advantage when trying to make your smile look better. When applying a lip liner and gloss on your lips, try using a light shade of concealer around your lips. First of all, it will make your lips look much more full. Second of all, it will help to make your teeth look whiter in contrast to the lips.
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. So if you want a bright and happy smile, then you need to rethink what you are eating. More fruit and vegetables is a great way to do that, as well as drinking plenty of water. Did you know what strawberries are one of the best foods to eat that will help you to brighten your smile? As strawberries are full of vitamin C, they act as a natural teeth whitener as it will help to clear away plaque. Apples and celery are also good ways to naturally brighten your teeth, as they work as a natural astringent. Meaning that they help to remove stains. So if you need a quick boost for your teeth, chew on some celery!
Consider a Treatment
If you’re looking for something a little faster acting, then a treatment like teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry might just be the thing that you are looking for. If your teeth are quite stained from something like smoking, then having them whitened could give you a good base to work from. From there you can improve the look of your smile in more natural ways, but it might just help you to get started.
A quick little trick that a lot of beauty experts use is adding some extra bronzer to help to contour your face. By using a matte foundation or a bronzer, that is a little darker than your normal skin shade; it can change the shape of your face and enhance your smile. The best places to use this is the bridge of your nose, as well as just under your cheekbones. Using bronzer also has the effect of making your teeth look whiter than they are, as there will be more contrast next to your skin.
Use Petroleum Jelly
Using petroleum jelly, or Vaseline, and using it on your teeth can give them an instant shine. It might sound a little odd, but apply a little on your teeth. It gives them an extra layer to avoid stains from things like lipstick or coffee, for example. Of course, it does give your teeth quite a shiny look, so it can be great on photos for giving your smile a boost. Just don’t go overboard with it or you’ll have an odd taste in your mouth!
Limit Drinks That Will Stain
As has been mentioned, drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can really stain your teeth. So one of the best ways to reduce how stained your teeth will get is to limit how many of these things that you drink. Drinking through a straw is also a good way to reduce these kinds of stains, as well as avoid the corrosion of your teeth as there won’t be as much sugar near your teeth.