Can Makeup Change the Color of Your Smile?
Posted on 10/20/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
|Makeup is used to enhance certain features of the face, and lend to an overall attractive look. Just as lipstick, foundation, and eye makeup can help accentuate and diminish certain contours in the face, they can also change the appearance of your smile; It's all about color.
Concealer and blush come in many colors, and also take on many undertones. If your skin itself has a yellowy, or warm undertone, choose foundation with more of a cold undertone to contrast and balance your skin tone. This will also help bring out the whiteness in your smile. Choosing peach-colored blushes and foundations/concealers/bronzers with gold, yellow, brown, or orange undertones will accent yellow tones in the teeth.
Choosing the right eyeshadow can also help brighten your eyes, as well as your smile. Shades tending toward the blue end of the spectrum will best contrast the natural white color of the eyes, and the teeth. Stay away from orange or orange-tinged eyeshadows. If you want a dark, smoky eye, try switching to a navy instead of brown. Browns are usually based in yellow and will flatten the appearance of your smile.
Just as certain shades are flattering for certain skin tones, certain shades are more flattering for the smile. There is a subtle variation in the undertones of certain colors; a red is not a red is not a red. There are purplish reds, bluish reds, and orangey reds. These variations will cause a toning down or a turning up of colors within the skin, eyes, hair and, yes, even teeth! Try to choose purplish or bluish reds, as these undertones contrast any yellowish tones in teeth. Shimmery lip glosses with silvery tints, instead of gold, can also help add sparkle to your smile.
While these makeup tricks provide quick, helpful fixes, the surest way to a bright, white smile is good dental hygiene. Our office recommends brushing and flossing regularly, and having your teeth cleaned twice per year. Discolored teeth can be a sign or precursor to tooth decay—if you have concerns about your discolored teeth, call our office today!