Four Teeth Whitening Tips For A Whiter Smile

Whether you have your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office or at home, it’s one way to build your confidence and make you smile. It’s important to continue looking after your teeth after a whitening to ensure they stay clean for as long as possible. Here are four teeth whitening tips to ensure your smile stays bright and you stay confident.

Whitening Toothpaste

Dentist visits are critical to remove the plaque and stains that develop over time, but whitening toothpastes can help the process on a daily basis. Ingredients in products such as Colgate® Total® Advanced Whiteningtoothpaste can gently scrub the teeth to remove stains, so it’s great to use between dentist cleanings and whitenings. If you’re looking to whiten teeth at home, the hydrogen peroxide in Colgate® Optic White®White & Radiant can help you achieve that.

Crunchy Produce

You can’t have toothpaste with you all the time. But you can still keep your bright smile intact while away from the bathroom sink. How? According to Prevention magazine, fruits and veggies such as celery, apples and carrots are naturally abrasive, so they can help remove some of the substances that discolor your teeth.

Enamel Protection

Your smile may not be as bright as you want because of weak enamel. According to the American Dental Association’s Mouth Healthy site, enamel is naturally a hard substance, but it cannot repair itself when it breaks down because it doesn’t contain any living cells. Once enamel has been affected by oral disease, you can’t restore it, and weak enamel can be more susceptible to stains. That’s where enamel protection comes in handy. Fluoride found in most toothpastes can actually help strengthen tooth enamel against the wear and tear associated with acidic foods and beverages, meaning fewer stains left on weak enamel.

Dairy Products

Good news for dairy lovers: The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recommends eating foods high in calcium (cheese and yogurt) to help keep your teeth white. Not only do dairy products provide your teeth with the calcium they need to keep enamel strong, but harder cheeses can actually eliminate food particles that stain your teeth.

Whitening at home or seeing your dentist for professional treatment are both viable ways to get rid of stains. To help keep it that way between visits, use the above teeth whitening tips, such as eating the right foods and using the right products, to ensure you can put your best smile forward.

Weekend Beauty Hack: 10 Tricks for Perfect Eyebrows

We’ll say it: eyebrows are easily the most important feature on your face. Framing your face and bringing attention to your eyes, brows are—literally and figuratively—really big right now. A gorgeously full, defined pair of eyebrows are practically a beauty requirement; people are even getting transplants in an attempt to get their #browsonfleek.

But even if you’re not as follicularly blessed as Cara Delevingne, you can still get amazing brows—and we’re here to show you how. Here are 10 brilliant eyebrow hacks that are going to change your beauty game (and probably your entire life).

1. Lighting is everything.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that bad bathroom lighting is the natural enemy of amazing brows. Shaping your eyebrows under the influence of fluorescents is just begging for a bald spot. You should only ever tweeze your brows in natural light. Not only will you be able to see stray hairs you’d never notice otherwise, but you’ll have a more accurate idea of how your eyebrows are actually looking as you’re shaping them. No more post-plucking surprises!

Pro tip: For those of you who drive, keep a pair of tweezers in your car to take advantage of all that natural light streaming through your windshield and the well-positioned flip-down mirror. Just make sure to never tweeze stray brows while the car is moving, and take off your sunglasses before you shape. Trust us.

2. Avoid crazy magnification.

Stay away from those insane magnification mirrors. We mean it—avoid them like the damn plague. They may seem like a good idea, but when you’re staring at your face blown up to three times its normal size, you’re way more likely to get obsessive and over-pluck. For optimal shaping success, use a regular mirror that’s about the same size as your face and don’t spend all your time staring super-closely at your brows. Take frequent steps back—we’re talking at least a foot—to get the full effect of your grooming efforts. Eyebrows look different at a distance, and that’s how most of the world is going to see you, so don’t forget to check that angle out.

3. Let eyeshadow be your guide.

Instead of using white eyeliner to mark out where you’ll be tweezing, use damp white eyeshadow instead. Eyeliner is waxy and pushes down brow hairs onto the skin, which makes rogue hairs easy to miss. Damp white eyeshadow, on the other hand, adheres to the hair, making even fine brows stand up a little so that they’re easier to see.

Pro tip: Use a small brush and apply the damp eyeshadow against the hair’s grain to make sure that they’re really visible.

4. The ultimate brow-trimming tool.

We all know that keeping your brow hairs at a uniform length is crucial. And the best way to do this? Nose hair–trimming scissors, like these from Tweezerman ($12.50, No, we’re not crazy—the rounded tip means that you can guide them along your skin without poking yourself, and the super-sharp blades are inside so there’s no danger of accidental cuts. Amazing.

Pro tip: To trim your eyebrows without ending up with unfortunate bald spots, brush your eyebrows straight up with a dry toothbrush or spoolie brush, then trim along the upper arch. And this goes without saying, but do clean your scissors with rubbing alcohol after each use, especially if you’re using them in, ahem, other places.

5. Symmetry is overrated.

Don’t stress if your brows don’t match one another exactly. Eyebrows are meant to be sisters, not twins—so a little bit of variation in the width, arch and length is totally normal. Trying to force your eyebrows into perfect symmetry is a recipe for overplucking, or worse, Instagram brows. Don’t let it happen to you!

6. Master the brow fade.

Left: brows filled in solidly are not the look. Right: natural brows are lighter at the inner corner and get darker towards the tail. (Photos: IMaxTree)

When filling your brows—whether you use a pencil, pomade or gel—don’t make them a single, consistent shade from end to end. As you can see above, eyebrows in their natural state are lighter at the inner corner (where the hairs are thinner) and get darker towards the “tail” end; mirror this with your makeup to avoid a harsh look. You can either apply less product at the inner corner, getting more intense the further out you go, or use two shades—a light color for the inside, and a darker shade for further out—that you blend into one another.

7. Be creative with products.

Looking for a great way to fill in or tint your brows? You probably already have an amazing eyebrow product in your makeup case! Use a dark brown mascara for a subtle brow tint with a little bit of hold, or mix contact lens solution with a matte eyeshadow for more dramatic, long-lasting definition. And if you’re looking to hide bare patches caused by overplucking, use a liquid eyeliner in brown or gray, and draw very small, feathery strokes to fill them in. We love LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner in Charcoal or Brown ($23, for this; the fine tip makes the end result look incredibly natural.

8. Choose the right shade.

The right color can make or break your brow game. You never want to match your hair exactly. Instead, the general rule of thumb is that if your hair is light, you should make your brows one shade darker. If your hair is dark, go one shade lighter. If your hair is red, use a light to medium neutral brown. And if your hair is black, try using a very dark gray or brown instead of jet black.

9. Stay cool.

While we’re on that subject, you should always choose a cool-toned shade for your eyebrows. Thanks to the oxidizing effects of your skin’s natural oils, eyebrow makeup will almost always become a slightly warmer color over time—and if you start from a red, orange or yellow-based place, your brows will be blazing by the end of the day.

10. Timing is everything.

Always do your brows after you’ve done the rest of your makeup to make sure they complement your look. Full-on diva brows really don’t match natural, no makeup-makeup, do they? As with all things beauty, harmony and balance is the name of the game.

10 TIPS: How to Choose the Right Makeup Brush for You

You use them every day, but how much do you think about your makeup brushes? Here are 10 tips on how to choose and care fore the right makeup brush for you:

1. Decide if you want natural hair, or synthetic. Some stylists believe natural hair brushes are better for certain applications. However, synthetic hair technology has improved to the point where many people cannot tell the difference. If you have ethical objections to products using animal hair, you can get awesome results using cruelty-free synthetic bristle brushes. And still feel good about yourself!

2. If you want to use natural hair, sable is best for small brushes because of their snap and resilience. The best is called “kolinsky sable,” from the tail of the male weasel. Goat hair is popular for use in large face brushes. Squirrel and badger hair is also used in good quality brushes. You may see something called “camel” which is actually horse hair, used in less expensive brushes.

3. Synthetic hairs (typically Taclon and Nylon) have improved significantly with modern technology. They are less expensive and for some applications arguably superior to natural hair brushes. Synthetic foundation, concealer and lip brushes are often better than their natural hair counterparts because they do not soak up the creamy makeup.

4. Brush construction can be either plastic or wood handles. They should be wide and long enough for you to comfortably use them as intended.

5. The ferrule (the metal cylinder that clamps the bristles to the handle) should fit tightly and should be seamless (with no weld or joint). Brass, nickel and steel rings are all suitable. Aluminum ferrules are less expensive but weaker. Ferrules should be nickel plated or coated for corrosion resistance. Give a light tug to the bristles to see that the ferrule has secured them to the handle firmly.

6. Ultimately, you have to test the brush. The best brush is the one that works for you and fits your budget.

7. Avoid brushes sold under a makeup brand. They are usually marked up at very high prices, but have no special advantage in quality. Usually you get what you pay for in makeup brushes. But sometimes you get less!

8. Don’t buy one at a time. Once you have found good quality brushes, it is much cheaper to buy by the set rather than by piece. You can save 1/3 or more buying smart.

9. Take care of your brushes. Once a month, mix warm water with a little shampoo for natural hair bristles or dish soap for synthetics. Swish the brushes around, rinse well, blot with paper towels, and lay them flat until they’re completely dry. A good brush can last years if well cared for.

10. If you don’t have time to clean your brushes regularly, just accept that your busy lifestyle doesn’t allow that, and replace your brushes regularly. Twice a year works for most people. Brushes that are not cleaned properly will get dirty, clumped with makeup and can harbor harmful microorganisms.

10 Essential Tips to Get Perfect Eyebrows

Beautiful and natural-looking eyebrows are one of the hottest beauty trends. We here at Bright Side have come up with this useful guide on how to make your eyebrows look absolutely gorgeous at home, without spending a fortune on salons and makeup artists.

Before you start…

You need to determine if your brows are thick enough. Don’t worry if you discover that your eyebrows don’t meet some standards or trends for thickness. You can always try to grow thicker brows. Before going to bed, try massaging your eyebrows for 3-5 minutes using castor oil, olive oil, or almond oil for faster hair growth. A healthy diet can also work its magic not only on your hair, but also on your whole body — include fish (especially salmon), nuts, raisins, and soy products in your diet. These will stimulate hair growth and strengthen hair follicles. You won’t have to wait long to get amazing results.

Find the perfect eyebrow shape for your face shape

  • If your face is round, try to create as high an arch as you can. Look for a brow shape that follows a straight line to the peak of the brow, and stay away from a rounded brow shape. This will make your face look very round.
  • For a square face, consider a curved brow shape, soft, or hard-angled shape. Stay clear of thin and short brow shapes.
  • Women with a heart-shaped face should stick with a low arch and rounded brow shape, as it creates a more natural look. Avoid a highly arched brow: it can add length to a shorter heart-shaped face.
  • If you have an oval face, choose a flat and soft-angled eyebrow shape. Those should go straight up, and then gently curve around at the top.

To identify the three points that you will need to look at when shaping your eyebrow, use the ’pencil’ method. Place a pencil in a straight line along the side of your nose — this is going to be the beginning (inside) of the brow. Next, place the pencil along your nose and across your pupil. This will be the arch and the highest part of your brow. Now move the pencil so that the end of your nostril and the outer edge of your eye are in line — this is the end of your brow.

How to pluck the perfect eyebrows:

When you’re done with the theoretical material, get ready to proceed to the practical part. Take your tweezers and start plucking! We thought these small tips might come in handy to get amazing results:

  • Make sure you’ve made yourself comfortable and have good lighting. Invest in a high-quality pair of tweezers — this essential instrument you’re using has to be effective in tweezing the eyebrow and grabbing the hair.
  • Run an ice cube over your brows to reduce the redness, swelling, and pain, or apply some skin moisturizer.
  • Be careful when plucking the area above the brow: if you go too far and over-pluck it, the brow will look unnaturally thin. After every few tweezes, take a couple of steps back to see the bigger picture and evaluate the result.
  • Use a special brush to comb your eyebrows, and trim any hairs that stick up above the brow line with a small pair of nail scissors or eyebrow scissors.

How to fill in eyebrows:

Now let’s get to the most difficult and probably the most challenging part of the whole thing — how to fill in the eyebrows so that they look thicker and more natural. If your brows are lighter than your hair color, you can try coloring them using a special eyebrow dye.

Keep in mind that the color of your eyebrows should be very close to the tone of your hair. If you choose a color that is a couple of tones darker than your hair, your eyebrows will look rather unnatural.

You can fill in your eyebrows using a pencil, eyebrow powder or shadow, and brow mascara. A pencil helps you create a more natural look and conceal sparseness. Using brow powder you can get thicker eyebrows, whilst brow mascara is a must-have for women with rebellious thick eyebrows.

The basic steps for getting your perfect eyebrows are almost the same no matter which filling instrument you’re using:

1. Use an eyebrow brush to lightly brush brow hairs, line the bottom curve of the brow, and fill in the hairless spots.

2. Make the tail of your brow if needed, and outline the top and bottom edges of your brow. Be careful with the margins of your natural brow shape; don’t apply too much color, especially near the bridge of the nose.

3. If you want the brow shape to look more well defined, try to highlight the skin between the eyebrow and the eyelid. To do this, apply a few drops of concealer and blend thoroughly, then apply some highlighter under the eyebrow, and you’re good to go!

The 5 Best Makeup Brushes for Contouring

The secret to really great contouring that would make Kim Kardashian West want to high-five you is to first master the technique. You also need to find contour products that suit your skin tone—the secret is to choose a cool-tone shadow that is one or two shades darker than your complexion. Why a cool tone? They mimic natural shadow and look more authentic than using a warm-toned bronzer would. And finally, you need to invest in the tools necessary for applying those products like a pro. There are flat brushes, flat angled brushes, flat brushes that come to a point in the middle, rounded brushes… Well, let’s just say there are a lot of brushes, which means things get confusing fast. To help, we narrowed down what you need for every part of your face.

Scroll through for the five brushes that will cover all of your contouring needs.