It’s difficult enough to find a shade of lipstick that is flattering to your complexion and complementary to your choice of clothing. But if you add to that the responsibility of whitening your smile, then you might find yourself with very limited choices. Makeup can do wonders. It can make you look more awake and more glamorous, but it can also turn your teeth yellow – and if your teeth are already stained, then the wrong lip shade isn’t going to do you any favors. But lip stain isn’t the only careful choice you should be making if you’re worried about the color of your teeth.
1. Believe in bronzer
Bronzer might give you a sun-kissed look, but it can also turn you into a crispy-looking orange, and that goes for your teeth too. The softer shades of bronzer, lightly applied, can make your teeth look nearly an entire shade brighter than they actually are. Contouring with bronzer or other makeup tools can also be effective, but if you’re working to compensate for jowls or a weak jaw, it’s time to consider what can be done about your smile to reverse these problems. Are you missing teeth? Gaps in your smile can alter the shape of your face and cause your lips to begin to fold in on themselves. Dental implants are the solution for restoring the foundation of your smile and jaw.
2. Focus on your eyes
If you want to draw attention away from your stained teeth or broken-down smile, spend more time highlighting another facial feature. Making your eyes the focal point of your face can create an optical illusion that benefits the appearance of your teeth, especially if you go for cooler tones like blue, silver, turquoise, green, and purple to help deflect any lingering yellows. Ultimately, you don’t want to have to compensate for a less-than-perfect smile all the time, or always worry about your makeup. A smile makeover is customized to your needs – whether you’re dealing with stained, cracked, chipped, or misaligned teeth.
3. Be strategic about lip color
Perhaps warm colors flatter you when it comes to clothing, but if you’re seeking to brighten up your smile, tangerine and orange lip shades will highlight those same colors in your teeth as well as any cracked or damaged teeth. And that’s not a good thing. Pink too is a poor lip color choice, especially if it’s tinted with coral undertones. Berry shades in plums and reds with blue undertones – that blue is the most important element – will help block out the yellow of your teeth. And, finally, if you are trying to choose between a frosted lip stain and a lip gloss, go for the gloss. A frosty shimmer will dull your teeth while gloss (silvery, not gold) adds that dollop of shine that accents a smile nicely. But what do you do for your teeth on the days or occasions that lipstick isn’t appropriate? A professional teeth whitening treatment keeps your teeth white all day, every day, no matter what your lip color.
4. Exfoliate your lips
The whitest teeth won’t look good if they’re surrounding by dry, chapped lips. And a bumpy, flaky surface is not a great destination for any sort of lip color. Exfoliate your lips when necessary, and coat them with petroleum jelly before bed each night to keep them moisturized and super soft. If you consistently have a dry mouth to match your dry lips, there may be bigger oral health problems going on, like a saliva imbalance, low saliva production, or even diabetes. A holistic dentist is able to help diagnose these problems with a dental exam as well as biocompatibility testing.
5. Contour your smile
If you’re seeking full lips and whitening lipstick, accentuating the shape of your mouth with a little lip liner and a light concealer around the outer border of the lips can get the job done. Adding a berry-toned lipstick and silvery gloss can make your lips appear fuller and your teeth seem whiter in contrast. Of course, the thing to remember is that makeup wears off, especially after meals, and that pretty pout won’t stay plumped out all evening. Porcelain veneers, however, are a permanent solution that straightens and perfects teeth while also allowing lips to sit differently on the teeth, naturally plumping lips out.
Get a smile makeover
While mastering your makeup tools to make yourself look as pulled together as possible is a worthwhile endeavor, you shouldn’t need your bag of tricks with you at all times to whiten your teeth and appear healthy and happy. Customized cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry treatments will instantly transform you into a younger, happier, and healthier version of yourself, makeup or no makeup. Ready to improve your arsenal? Make an appointment with holistic dentist Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence.