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Lipstick Shades to Make your Pearly Whites Pop


So you’re a bit overdue for a whitening treatment, but want to make a great impression. Maybe you have a hot date or a big interview coming up soon, and you want your smile to steal the show. Thanks to some makeup magic, you can still dazzle. Here are some beauty secrets from photographers and makeup artists designed to make your smile shine.

When going Red, pick a blue-based over an orange. Pick blue-based formulas over orange-y reds. This stems directly from the color wheel. Blue and orange/yellow are across from each other, so blue tones cancel out the yellow (on your teeth) when juxtaposed together. MAC’s “Ruby Woo” has been a longtime favorite for industry insiders and celebrities, due to it’s blue base that’s like instant whitening treatment in a lipstick.

Or go for the REALLY red. A generous application of an opaque, true red can brighten your smile up to two shades. If you have a darker complexion, go for a burgundy for a rich color and strong contrast to your smile.

When going pink, berry’s the best. The blue tones are strong in this one, too, which does wonders for the brightness of your smile, whether you’re sporting a light raspberry or a deep plum. Berry tones are more forgiving of slightly yellow teeth and are a nice balance when you’re not feeling the bold red. Mauve, which also plays up the whiteness of your smile, is nearly a neutral tone and wearable year round.

Highlight Your Lips
Try a lip liner and gloss around the lips and a light concealer around the outer border of your lips. This gives your lips a fuller look and brightens your teeth. Also, the more your lips shimmer, the more your teeth seem to do the same. Slightly sheer, glossy shades turn up the volume on your smile.

Avoid oranges and browns.
We all know the 90s are back, but this trend should stay buried. Brown hues on your lips will also highlight brown hues on your teeth. You’re far better off sticking to a dark berry. Oranges do the same, Again, the color wheel logic applies here. The closer your lip shade is to the subtle yellows on your teeth, the more apparent they’ll become.

SunWest Dental Centers has nine valley wide convenient locations in Apache Junction, Biltmore, Buckeye, Chandler, Mesa, Prescott Valley, San Tan Valley, Sun City, and Tempe

Apache Junction

1601 W. Apache Trail, #2
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 982-4200
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407 N. 4th Street
Buckeye, Arizona 85326
(623) 327-3206
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2175 N. Alma School Road, #C108
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 782-6200
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600 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 610-5100
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Prescott Valley

8256 E. Hwy #69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4433
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San Tan Valley

2510 E Hunt Hwy, Ste 28
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
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Sun City

13000 N. 103rd Avenue, #85
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 583-6666
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7660 S McClintock Dr. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 831-8022
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