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Most people tend to focus on teeth and not the big picture. They see flaws in their smile and want them corrected but many often overlook the lips which frame our smiles. Our lips take a lot of abuse every day. From the wind, the sun, and our own bad habits. Did you know that our lips have no natural protections from the elements like other parts of our body? Our lips have no sweat or oil glands and to make matters worse we often neglect their care. Most of us are not careful enough to protect our lips from exposure to the Herpes virus, which affects the lips with painful blistering sores. By age 50, almost 90% of Americans have been exposed to herpes simplex 1 or 2, the viruses that cause cold sores

Harmful habits

We are often our own worst enemy when it comes to our body. Some habits that are harmful to our lips include:

-Constantly licking or biting our lips – Licking our lips cools and moisturizes them for a short period. Once they dry out, they become even drier than before. On top of that the enzymes in your mouth are also too harsh for your lips. Biting is usually a nervous habit which can cause a large fibrous nodule to form in the lip, or expose us to more bacteria by leaving a chronic open wound on the mouth.

-Kissing, and sharing lip products.- Herpes of the lips is usually transferred via kissing an infected person or using their lip product on your lips. Never kiss anyone with sores on their lips, even if it is almost gone! Never borrow lipstick or chapstick from anyone! Children can have a terrible outbreak from being exposed to herpes the first time. Many people don’t realize they are still contagious when their sore is almost gone and will kiss you or your child without thinking twice, you need to keep your eyes open!

-Smoking- smoking chronically irritates lip tissue, and can even stain the lips with nicotine.

-Open Mouth Breathing – Breathing through our mouths dries our lips out even more as the air travels in and out of our mouths. Whereas nose breathing will stop that dry air from drying our lips.

-Picking- Peeling or picking the chapping skin on your lips can lead to more damage and bleeding. Moisturize your peeling, chapped lips well with vaseline. You will be surprised at how fast they heal when kept moist.

-Piercings- lip piercings tend to cause increased saliva, lip licking, and lip biting. This leads to chronically irritated lips.

 Tips To Care For Lips

Choose A Nutritious Diet – Our skin as well as our lips are very dependent on what we eat. Our skin reacts differently to greasy foods vs healthy nutritious ones. Your lips need a continuous intake of vitamins and minerals to stay soft and supple. Vitamins that are important for healthy lips and skin include Vitamin B and Vitamin E. Drinking plenty of water is also very important, because when we are dry we tend to lick our lips more.

-Use The Right Lip Moisturizer – Products containing petroleum jelly, beeswax, paraffin, and some sun protection are the most effective. These ingredients do the best job sealing our lips keeping moisture in. In extreme irritations, aloe vera is a great ingredient to look for as well. This is an effective product since it is also has the ability to heal sensitive sunburns. Many people overlook their lips when putting sunscreen on. The lips can burn just like any other part of our skin. Be on the lookout for ingredients like salicylic acid or menthol. They can end up drying your lips out even more.

Lip Enhancements

-Lipstick - Beauty experts say the trick is to select a cool toned lipstick with blue undertones that will counteract the yellowing of our teeth. This will make your teeth appear instantly whiter in contrast against the lipstick. Seemingly, instant teeth whitening. Lipstick tips include:

Choose a contrasting lip color.

Choose lipsticks with blue undertone shades, such as bright pinks and reds.

Experiment with bronzing.

Save the gold tones for your eyelids and avoid gold tones near your lips or teeth.

-Surgical – This type of enhancement includes the use of implants to make the lips fuller. Another is lip shortening, when the lip appears to be too long.

-Injections – The use of dermal fillers (like collagen, Restylen, or Juvederm) give the ability to change lip fullness on a temporary basis. Beware this technique is very dependent on the skill of the injector. These injections normally last from between 4 months and a year. Botox is also used to deaden the lip and help with a gummy smile.

Conclusion

Our lips are an important part of our smiles and should be treated and cared for properly too. A set of healthy, full lips will make our teeth stand out even more. Follow proper care and you will have something to smile about!.

For most women finding the perfect shade of lipstick can be tricky. Lipstick color can be based on your mood, color of your outfit, or just about anything. But did you know that finding the perfect shade of lipstick can also make your teeth appear whiter and

Lipstick color choice makes teeth look white

Lipstick Color can equal whiter looking teeth

brighter? Teeth whitening is not ideal for every patient whether it is due to cost, previous restorations (i.e. dental bonding or crowns), or sensitive teeth. Luckily, there is an alternative to making your teeth appear whiter. The answer to making your teeth appear whiter? Picking the right shade and tint of lipstick. Most women are aware that bright true reds are perfect for this. They reflect the white off your teeth enhancing them in the process creating the illusion of whiter teeth.

The lipstick and soft tissue surrounding the teeth acts as a frame for your smile. The darker lipstick colors offer a direct contrast thus enhancing a person’s smile.

Beauty experts say the trick is to select a cool toned lipstick with blue undertones that will counteract the yellowing of our teeth. This will make your teeth appear instantly whiter in contrast against the lipstick. Seemingly, instant teeth whitening.

Various companies have marketed this in the past including some of the biggest names in cosmetics like Clinique and MAC.

Here are some tips to help make your teeth look whiter:

-Choose a contrasting lip color. A punch of red or pink on your lips stands out from your dazzling smile while beige or orangey shades blend into discolored teeth. Bright orange and yellow toned reds, actually emphasize the yellow tones that can be in your teeth. Additionally, frosty lipsticks and mattes can accentuate the stains in your teeth and also make your teeth look dull and lifeless. Remember to check your teeth after applying lipcolor to assure it is not on your teeth!

-Choose lipsticks with blue undertone shades, such as bright pinks and reds. They pick up the reflective edging on your teeth making your smile appear whiter.  A good example of this is MAC Dark Side. This is a bold, deep berry lipstick that is perfect for winter. It has cool purple-blue undertones and can be intensified or muted. It is the perfect contrast for making your teeth appear whiter.

-Experiment with bronzing. Darker complexions can offset white teeth. Sweep bronzer over the high points of your face. These areas include the hairline, bridge of your nose, cheek bones and tip of your chin. Your teeth will receive an instant benefit and appear whiter.

-Sparkle it up!. Dab an opalescent illuminator on the Cupid’s bow of your mouth. This allows the white luminescence to pick up reflection off your teeth.

-Save the gold tones for your eyelids and avoid gold tones near your lips or teeth. The shine from gold too closely resembles yellow. This will accentuate stains and make teeth appear darker yellow.

Wearing the right colors close to your face also helps your teeth to look whiter. In general, brunettes should wear tops and scarves that are bright white or jewel-tone colors such as ruby red or emerald green; blondes should choose summery pastels. If you’re a strawberry blonde, you can wear spring colors with a dash of yellowish undertones such as tomato red; and if you are a redhead you’d look great wearing autumn shades such

Whiter teeth from lipstick color

Whiter Teeth Due to Lipstick Color

as rust and off-white.

Of course, everyone’s coloring is unique. So have fun and experiment! Pull out different clothing colors and lip shades, and try them out in front of your bathroom mirror. Watch how the shade of your teeth seems to suddenly and miraculously improve with the right colors.

Try to Experiment: Try on a blue based berry colored lipstick. Look at your teeth. Wipe off the lipstick and try on an orange lipstick with yellow undertones or swipe on some nude lipstick. Check out your smile. Can you see the difference in how your teeth look?

Top Shades of Lipstick to Make Teeth Appear Whiter and Brighter
1. Pale Pink – bright, shimmery pale pinks. These can bring out the whiteness that is naturally in your smile.
2. Sheer Pink – glossy, pinks with a berry tint can lift and enhance the brightness of your teeth.
3. Light Pink – matte rose shades with blue undertones will really make your smile pop out. Very dramatic.
4. Bright Pink – bubble gum or fuchsia color with an electric blue base will make your smile look dramatically whiter.
5. Bright Red – bold, opaque reds can make your teeth look up to 2 shades whiter.
So, if you want a whiter smile today reach into the lipstick drawer and use color to make it happen.
Best Lipstick Shades to Make your Teeth Look Whiter
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