A powerhouse pout, when perfectly prepped, can lend your whole face a healthy glow. New Woman shares the secrets of a vibrant smile…
1. SLICK VASELINE INSIDE YOUR MOUTH
The A-list have a bit of a knack for wearing bright lipstick without one bugbear, yet when we brave a bold red lip, the errant pigments end up on our teeth. Try the trick that their makeup artists use on them for big events by slicking a small blob of Vaseline on your teeth to safeguard your mouth.
2. RAID THE KITCHEN TO REDDEN YOUR GUMS
Gums are hardly a part of the body we put all that much thought into, but upping their redness will heighten their contrast and make your teeth appear whiter. Dab a little red food colouring on a soft toothbrush and rub it into your gums; it won’t stain teeth but it will lend a healthy flush whenever you smile.
3. LOCK DOWN YOUR LIP WITH MATCHING POWDERS
If you want to strengthen your lip’s staying power and crank up its intensity, then track down powder blushers and shadows that match your favourite lipstick. Lightly swept on with a blending brush, they’ll make the pigments appear more vivid.
5. USE BAKING SODA TO BOOST YOUR TEETH
Baking soda mixed with water works wonders at scrubbing the stains on your teeth, so dampen your toothbrush, dab in the powder and brush for two minutes every other day.
6. SCRUB CHAPPED SMACKERS WITH A SMOOTHING BLEND
Vanquish flakes by mixing sugar with a drop of honey for a DIY scrub; the honey makes a hydrating vehicle for the lightly abrasive grains. If you want to give your pout a full facial, top this off with a deeply nourishing balm and let it sink in overnight for pillowy lips come morning.