How To Whiten Teeth Fast: 17 Bright Methods

Everyone wants to know the secret tricks of how to whiten teeth. Bright, yellow-free tusks have been one of the most universally aspirational ideals for ages, and if anyone ever tells you that they’re 100% satisfied with their smile, you can bet your ass that they’re either lying to you, lying to themselves, or both. The good news is that there are distinct factors that lead to discoloration, and ruling them out early can keep your teeth brilliant for a long time. Most people get to these tricks too late, long after the damage has been done.

Get a head start on warding off stains with the follow dentist-approved tips. Read on to learn what products to use, what habits to make (and break), and even DIY methods for how to whiten teeth.

1. Regular Dental Appointments

Before you go out and buy a pack of Whitestrips or set up an appointment for hyper-whitening with your local dentist, make sure everything else is taken care of, health-wise. “You want to ascertain that there’s no underlying disease before you do a program of whitening, and you also want to make sure you have a thorough cleaning so you can get the best benefits,” says dentist Dr. Jeanne Strathearn. In other words, you want to be working with as white a canvas as you can. And, duh, visit your dentist at least twice a year.

2. Avoid Known Stain Causers

You probably know that coffee and red wine stain teeth, but they’re certainly not the only culprits that can leave your teeth looking less than stellar. There are plenty of other foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, including:

  • white wine
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • pomegranates
  • soda
  • barbecue sauce
  • green tea
  • black tea
  • sugary treats
  • marinara
  • curry
  • turmeric
  • paprika
  • balsamic vinegar

All of these foods or drinks cause or contribute to extrinsic stains. The good news is that extrinsic stains can usually be removed or at least improved, explains Dr. Strathearn. (Other stains—permanent ones—are called intrinsic stains, and can be the result of taking antibiotics when your teeth were developing as a kid. Those are much harder to deal with.)

If you can’t imagine giving up your daily coffee or nightly glass of wine, however, just make sure to rinse with water within 30 minutes of consumption. Rinsing with water helps wash away the offending liquid and lessen the likelihood of a stain. Rinsing is better than brushing, because brushing so soon after drinking or eating a stain-causer can make a situation worse, since at that point you’ll be scrubbing the food or drink’s enamel-eroding acid right into the teeth.

3. Consume Certain Foods

There are foods that can actually brighten your teeth. Fight stains and improve overall oral health by munching on the following:

  • Apples. Apples improve your gum health and stimulate saliva production, which helps to rinse away stains.
  • Cheese, milk and yogurt. Rich in calcium, all of these help to strengthen teeth enamel and appearance.
  • Nuts, celery, broccoli and carrots. The abrasive and coarse abrasive texture of these foods scrubs off stains.
  • Raw onions. The sulfur found in raw onions stops plaque from forming.
  • Strawberries. The malic acid found in strawberries naturally removes surface stains lurking on your teeth.

4. Brush and Floss Daily

Dr. Strathearn says you should be brushing and flossing daily. “You want to be careful not to scrub away enamel at the gum line. You want to go below the gum line when you floss—between the gum and the tooth. That’s where people are either too aggressive or not aggressive enough.” Hardly groundbreaking information, we know, but diligence is the key.

5. Invest in an Electric Toothbrush

Thanks to their vibrating heads, electric toothbrushes are able to remove more stains than a standard toothbrush. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush can get your teeth a full shade whiter in just one week and improve gum health in two weeks. This charged-up brush is your best bet for scrubbing off surface stains, plus it comes in a sleek black color.

6. Take Good Care of Your Gums

Gums are the backdrop for your teeth, and if you’re suffering from gingivitis (characterized by red, bleeding, receding or puffy gums), it can make your whole smile look unhealthy. Taking care of your gums lets your white teeth take center stage. Make sure to brush and floss twice a day. Use soft bristles rather than hard ones, as hard brushes can be too abrasive for sensitive gums and cause them to recede further. Brush gently, but thoroughly.

Not only will healthy gums allow your teeth to shine bright, it’ll be better for your overall dental health. If you neglect your gums, it can actually lead to your teeth falling out — and at that point, the whiteness of your teeth will be the least of your concerns.

7. Use Whitening Toothpastes

How does whitening toothpastes work to whiten teeth? By employing polishers and abrasives, which buff away dark spots, plus gentle chemical bleaching agents.

 Dr. Strathearn confirmed that whitening toothpastes can be effective, but the process isn’t quick. “It takes a long time. There is an agent in there that will lighten teeth, but it will take a while. It’s noticeable, but not as quick as Crest Whitestrips.” So while you may see a difference over the course of a few months, let’s say, don’t expect results overnight.

Whitening toothpastes are by far the most universally used form of whitening, and for good reason. You can easily pick up a tube for a five-spot, though, of course, you can upgrade to more expensive options. Sure, you won’t all of a sudden be immediately blessed with perfect chompers, but it’ll help.

8. Apply Whitening Strips

“They do work, they’re effective. We often recommend that, if patients want to try something in an inexpensive way before deciding on another treatment,” says Dr. Strathearn. Perhaps reach for the Whitestrips the week before a big job interview, a first date, or a wedding.

As opposed to toothpastes, whitening strips work largely as a result of whitening chemicals, specifically peroxides and bleaches. These chemicals are, as you would expect, on two plastic strips, one for your top set of teeth and another for your bottom, and while they’re affixed, the whitening chemicals make their way into your teeth and remove extrinsic stains.

They’re easy as hell. Seriously, all you need to do is slap them on, wait the recommended amount of time, then take them off. Plus, they’re effective; it’ll only take a few days of use for your teeth to look noticeably whiter.

“These are inexpensive and very effective. I’ve seen really good results,” says cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Sands, who has worked on the smiles of Robert Downey Jr., Joe Manganiello, and the Kardashian clan, among others.

Remember, however, you’re working with chemicals when you use whitening strips. And the trouble with chemicals is, well, they’re chemicals. Meaning that they can be kind of troublesome if you don’t pay close attention. For example, some strips are made with chlorine dioxide, a chemical that can actually eat away at enamel if you leave it on too long. There’s also the issue of reach; often, strips will cover only the bottom half of the teeth, effectively leaving along the gumline just as yellow as it started off. Finally, there’s the problem of increased sensitivity post-strip. Not at all ideal.

9. Try Whitening Gel Trays

Take everything we said about tooth whitening strips, chemicals and all, and repeat it sans the strips. Instead, gels are either brushed onto the teeth, or squeezed into a jaw-shaped tray, which you’ll then affix onto your teeth for the recommended time. After the designated time has passed, often overnight, you’ll then either brush away the gel or remove the tray.

The biggest benefit of whitening gels is that they’re so thorough. You apply the gels either directly to the teeth or in excess to the tray, and that means that all the little nooks and crannies of your teeth get whitened, from the tips to the tops. Also, the trays stay in place a bit better than the strips, since there’s no adhesive that can come unstuck.

As with whitening strips, however, you’re working with chemicals when you use whitening gels. Chemicals, man. Can whiten with ‘em, can’t whiten without ‘em.


10. Consider Whitening at the Dentist’s Office

The general gist goes like this: After a cheek retractor is put in your mouth, to keep your skin away from your teeth, a whitening gel containing high percentages of hydrogen peroxide is applied to your teeth. It’s left on for anywhere between 15 minutes to half an hour, washed away thoroughly, then reapplied one or more times until the desired result is acquired. Sometimes, they’ll shine a bright light on your teeth to speed along the process.

It’s always a good idea to have someone who knows what they’re doing in charge, and with in-office tooth whitening, you’ve got professional supervision. Also, results are instantaneous, so you don’t have to wait days or weeks to see whitening start to take shape.

The only downside to whitening in-office is the price. It can get you up to eight shades whiter in one visit, but it doesn’t come cheap, to say the least: A single session costs up to $650. Results aren’t always consistent either, depending on age, type of stains, and a number of other factors. Oh, and also you’ve got to watch out for what you eat directly after, which is doable, but a pain.

11. Brush with Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

As a known bacteria fighter, baking soda can not only clean your mouth, but also help you fight stains. Here’s how to whiten teeth with baking soda: Combine one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of baking soda for the ultimate stain-fighting mixture. Brush with the paste for two minutes. The hydrogen peroxide will lighten stains as the baking soda scrubs them away. Not only does this method work, it’s super affordable. You can pick up both ingredients for less than five bucks. You will, however, have to whip up a fresh mixture each time you use the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, so it requires a little more prep than other at-home teeth-whitening methods.

12. Apply Lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar

Create a mixture using a quarter tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Brush your teeth with this mixture to fight stains. This is another really cost-effective DIY option, and chances are you already have the ingredients lying around your house. Note: You can’t repeat this treatment more than once a week, given the acidity of the lemon. Applying the mixture too frequently can wear down the enamel on your teeth.

13. Stop Smoking

In addition to all the harmful side effects of smoking, it the tar and tobacco found in nicotine rapidly yellows smokers’ teeth. So, if for no other reason than vanity, do yourself a favor and stop lighting up. Not only will your teeth look better, your breath, heart and lungs will also be healthier.

14. Make Out (Yes, Really)

As if you need another reason to make out, studies show that kissing stimulates saliva production, which, incidentally, can help you fight stains. Other (less exciting) ways so stimulate saliva production include chomping on raw, fibrous fruits and veggies, as well as sucking on sugar-free candies and chewing sugar-free gum.

15. Rub Your Teeth with a Banana Peel or Orange Rind

Wondering how to whiten teeth with bananas? It sounds crazy, but thanks to the plentiful vitamins and minerals found in the skin of bananas and oranges, many people use the inside of peel and rinds to whiten their teeth. While we don’t know of any studies have proven the validity of this method, it certainly can’t hurt. Try it out by rubbing your teeth with the fruit casing. Wait ten minutes and follow up by brushing your teeth.

16. Make a Tooth Mask with Activated Charcoal

Some people brush with activated charcoal, but because this ingredient is soabrasive, dentists recommend that you use it as a mask rather than a toothpaste. Charcoal is highly absorbent and is able to effectively bond with surface stains, and then lift them away — it’s just as effective (and safer) to create a charcoal paste, apply it to your teeth, let it sit for three minutes, and then rinse it away. Make the paste by mixing together a half a tablespoon of activated charcoal with just enough water to make it paste-like (a quarter of tablespoon should do the trick).

17. Go Big or Go Home: Veneers

Dr. Sands estimates that 30-40 percent of red carpet smiles are actually veneers: “Two appointments and you’ve got a magazine cover smile,” he says. Veneers are the most extreme way to get blindingly white teeth, and they’re also the most expensive. Each veneer can cost up to $2,500. Plus, once you get veneers, there’s no going back. The process involves grinding down your own teeth in order to cap them with the veneers. So do whatever you can to protect and care for your own teeth, and you’ll render veneers unnecessary.

How To Shape Your Eyebrows Perfectly In 5 Easy Steps

Tweezing, filling, threading and trimming. The things we do as women to look beautiful are never ending. There are so many elements that we need to consider! One of those areas of our body that we can’t let slip is the eyebrows.

If it’s the first time or you’re fed up of spending a fortune getting someone else doing it, you’ll need to know how to shape your eyebrows just right. It won’t take you months to master. With these five easy steps, you’ll be on your way to perfectly shaped eyebrows by the end of the day!

Think About the Shape and Size

Before you follow the five steps to get the perfectly shaped eyebrows, it’s worth thinking about your face and eyebrow shape and sizes. You’ll also need to think about the type of eyebrows you have. While this won’t affect the first two steps, it will affect the thickness of your eyebrows. It may also affect the amount you will need to tweeze to shape eyebrows properly.

Those with smaller foreheads, you’ll find that the rule of not tweezing at the top doesn’t stand. You’ll want to tweeze from the top to create more of a gap between the top of your eyebrow and the top of your forehead. This will open your face and balance your proportions.

Likewise, if you have a larger forehead, keeping as much hair at the top of your eyebrows as possible will help to close that gap. It makes your eyes look higher, and will create the proportions that way.

Now it’s time to start on shaping your eyebrows for the perfect look. Here are your five steps.

Find Your Starting Point

No eyebrows are the same. We all have different starting and end points, and you’ll need to find where yours are. This isn’t where you just want them to start. To make your eyebrows look natural and appealing, you’ll need to start them from a specific point in line with your nose.

You can use your tweezers for this. Flip them upside down and hold them to your face. They should sit along the outside of your nose, between that and your eye. Your eyebrows will start so they are in line with the outside edge of your nose. Mark on your face where your eyebrows are going to start, so you don’t lose your place.

You’ll then need to check the other side. It’s important that both sides are in line with each other. The last thing you want is for one eyebrow to start lower down than the other.

Find Your Ending Point

Remember, it’s not just the start that you need to find. The end is just as important, and this isn’t just about how far down you want your eyebrows to sit.

Again, use your tweezers to give you the straight edge that you need. Place them back to the starting point and then pivot the top around your eye, keeping the point of your tweezers by your nose. You want to keep going until the tweezers are sitting at the outside corner of your eye, in a straight line. Mark on your face where your eyebrows are going to end.

Do this for the other side. Again, you want to make sure your eyebrows are even in height for the ending point.

Eyeliner or Eyebrow pencil is a good choice for making your marks. They are easy enough to see and will come straight off when you wash your face at the end.

You can now start your plucking. Get rid of any hairs up to the two points—start and end. Don’t pluck in the middle! This is the next step of the process.

Decide on Brow Thickness

This is the point where you have a bit more say in the matter. You can choose how thick or thin you want your eyebrows. Take into account the shape of your face and the colour of your eyebrows. Fairer eyebrows tend to work out better when they are thicker because they are so much harder to see. You can also think about the thickness of the hair on your head to help match with the thickness of your eyebrows.

Try to avoid a thickness of more than half an inch. This is about natural and will blend with the rest of your face easily. You’ll also find them easier to manage than much thicker ones.

Draw a line with your eyebrow pencil between the start and end points, with a natural curve along the bottom of your brow. You shouldn’t ever pluck from the top, so work out the thickness down from that! Marking on a natural curve will make it so much easier to avoid becoming over-plucky and ending up with no eyebrows left.

The line will also help you see if there are any stray bits of theeyebrow that need trimming, rather than plucking. Once you have your line, you can pluck all that have beds below the line. Any that have roots above the line but grow beyond the line, you will need to trim with small scissors.

If you have excessively thick eyebrows with strays at the top, you can then tweeze up there. For the basic shaping, though, you never really need to touch that part of your eyebrow.

Shape the Arch

Now that you have the thickness, it’s time to shape the arch of your eyebrows. This will mean plucking just above your eyebrow pencil line, but only on a specific part of your eyebrow.

Put your tweezers in the middle of your eye and mark the central point on the eyebrow. Your arch will start just to the outer side of that point, and won’t stretch too far to the end. The aim is to make a tail to the end of your eyebrow. You’ll usually see this because the upper part of your eyebrow will raise, too. See here what Eyebrow Tweezers make-up artists use.

This is the part that many people pluck far too much on, making the tail of the eyebrow far too narrow. Start off slow and stop every now and then to see if you really need to do more. If you think you’re settled, move onto the next eye and even it all up. You can then decide if anything else really needs to be plucked.

Work with the arch from the top of your eyebrows. If you don’t have a natural one at the top, you don’t need to force one at the bottom. The focus should be on using your eyebrow pencil to create your arch instead.

Tidy Up Your Eyebrows

Now that you have the shape, it’s time to tidy things up. Start by brushing your eyebrows upwards. You’ll get to see if you’ve missed any strays below your eyebrow line. This is also a good chance to see how long your eyebrows actually are so you can trim them where necessary.

Trim in the same way hairdressers do. Use your eyebrow brush to collect the ends and then use small scissors to chop across the brush, so your eyebrow hairs are all the same length.

Signs You’ve Overtweezed Your Eyebrows

There are certain times that you will overdo it with the tweezers. Don’t worry, we all do this, especially when starting. It’s worth noting the signs, so you don’t do it again in the future.

The first sign is that your tail is far too narrow. Rather than a naturally arch, you may have cut off the tail of your eyebrow too much, so it is shorter than it should be. Another sign is that you’ve tweezed too much from the other start, and you start closer to the inner eye instead.

You may have also taken too much out of the central part of your eyebrow, leaving it looking thin and scraggly. Some people even tweeze from the top, making the eyebrow far too low.

You can recover from this, and it’s all about having a good quality eyebrow pencil. Use this in a similar colour to your eyebrows to fill in the bits that you’ve over-tweezed. You can also use the pencil if you have thinner eyebrows than normal, meaning you’re left looking like you have none even when you’ve tweezed just right.

Overtweezing is a common problem when you’re trying to even up your eyebrows and is not how to do your eyebrows. Rather than constantly tweezing, get an eyebrow brush and try to comb the hairs over. This will give you a better idea as to whether they are symmetrical or not. Once you take the hairs out, you can’t put them back and will have to wait for the hairs to grow back. It’s best to pause and check before tweezing more.

What About When Your Eyebrows Are Unruly?

There are times that your eyebrows will just be all over the place. Just where do you start? The first thing to do is to tidy up around the eyebrows, so you get rid of the excess hairs. Don’t forget to find your starting and ending points, so you know if there are excess hairs on either side. You can also quickly work on getting rid of that monobrow.

From there, you can focus on the other steps, along with brushing and trimming. Once you get rid of the main unruly sections, you don’t get lost in the shuffle. Watch out for getting tweezer happy, though! This is common when you want to tame the unruly hairs.

How to Stop the Pain

Plucking your eyebrows is painful, especially if this is the first time that you’d had it done. When you’re doing it yourself, you may find it more painful than letting someone else do it. The good news is you can tackle this.

The first thing to do is have some ice on hand. This will help to reduce any inflammation from the plucking process, which can make it difficult for some to see where the start and end really are.

You can also opt for the opposite regarding temperature. Heat up some water and dampen a washcloth with it. Put this on your eyebrows for a few minutes to allow the skin to soak up the heat. This will also help get the hairs ready for removal. Making them easier to pluck will mean that it isn’t as painful.

Make sure your tweezers have a good grip. If you keep losing the grip, you run the risk of getting the eyebrows out at odd and uncomfortable angles. Old tweezers can also lead to gripping the skin, which is even more painful! Get your new Eyebrow Tweezers from here.

For those who really struggle with low pain thresholds, you can also use numbing gel on the area. This is available at most pharmacies, and will help to numb the entire surface area so you don’t feel the plucking. Just watch out for the ingredients used to make sure you’re not allergic to any of it.

It is important to pluck properly.The best thing to do is to stretch your skin, which will open your pores. Having them wide will mean that it is much easier to remove the hairs from the roots. Making it easier means that there will be less pain.

Makeup After Tweezing

Now that you’ve shaped your eyebrows, it’s time to focus on the makeup and how to apply it. Using a powder base is the best option, and great for both day and night time makeup. The powder will balance your face and help to finish off your look.

Don’t forget about a good quality eyebrow pencil to emphasize the shape. You’ll always want to think about the type of eye shadow you use to help emphasis the shape.

Perfecting how to shape eyebrows has become a trend. Women have realized that eyebrows are essential to complete a gorgeous look. The right color, the right stroke and the right amount of liner are the keys of getting a perfect eyebrow shape.

Now you have the steps to create the perfect eyebrows for your face. Remember that less is more. Focus on the shape and brush your eyebrows before you keep plucking to even them both up. The chances are that this will stop you from being tweezer happy!

7 best teeth-whitening kits

As we age, our teeth naturally become more yellow, while the likes of coffee, tea and red wine can leave stains on our gnashers.

But thankfully there are plenty of ways to brighten our smiles without having to resort to pricey dental surgery treatments. Instead, opting for a DIY kit can give you a brighter, whiter smile and remove stubborn stains with ease. But which one should you go for?

These days there are a variety of methods to choose from so it’s super-easy to find one that works for you and your lifestyle. Whitening toothpastes can be used just like regular formulas but contain mild abrasives and gentle polishing agents to remove stains.

Alternatively, you can use a tray-based teeth whitenener, which involves the use of a mouth guard and a gel-based whitening solution. While some of these are one-off treatments, others need to be used twice a day for up to two weeks.

For best results, in-office dental treatments are recommended as at-home kits are restricted to lower concentrations of whitening ingredients like peroxide. But, for modest improvements tray kits are your next best option.

It’s also important to make sure you understand the risks of using a teeth whitener and these should be listed on the product you’re about to buy. As a general rule though, when using tray kits always make sure the mouth guard fits properly as any leaking gel can cause blistering and sensitivity to your lips and gums.

Here’s our pick of the best teeth-whitening tools that will give you pearly whites, without costing you a fortune.

1. iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Advanced Kit: £75, Amazon


This kit from iWhite includes 10 pre-filled trays, a tooth polisher, toothpaste and a mouthwash, which all work together to rebuild enamel and remove stains. The whitening kit itself is one of the easiest to use as the trays come already filled with the gel and fit securely onto the front and back of your teeth, helping to keep saliva pooling to a minimum. After wearing for 20 minutes, our tester said their teeth already looked whiter and reported fantastic results after using for five consecutive days. The toothpaste and mouthwash can be used daily to maintain effectiveness while the polisher can be used as and when needed to remove any plaque build-up.

2. Pearl Drops Instant Natural White Charcoal Toothpaste: £4.33, Boots


If you don’t like the idea of using mouth trays, then whitening toothpaste could be the best option for you. Our favourite has to be this purple paste from Pearl Drops, which taps into the beauty world’s obsession with charcoal as an ingredient. Working to remove impurities, the formula uses a combination of detoxifying charcoal, fluoride and plaque removers to boost stain removal. While the purple colouring can be a bit off-putting at first, the end result leaves your teeth looking brighter and with an instant sparkle, but it does need consistent use over a period of weeks to notice any real difference in shade.

3. Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System: £33.32, Look Fantastic


Developed by dentists, this system works the same way as most other kits but with the added benefit of a whitening light that helps to speed up the entire process. To use, apply the whitening solution to pre-treat teeth, brush each tooth with the activator gel and then apply the light for two minutes (it has an automatic shut off timer which is handy).Unlike other kits that need to be used within a certain time frame, this one comes with three options so you can work it around your lifestyle. You can use over two days with 10 treatments each day, during week days with four treatments a day or over a full week with two to three treatments. Our tester decided to complete the suggested 20 treatments over two days and reported teeth that looked visibly whiter. We also love the fact that it comes with a colour chart where you can record its effectiveness.

4. Rapid White 1 Week Tooth Whitening System: £10, Boots


This kit is very simple to use. It comes with two easy-to-use mouth trays that can be customised to fit your teeth, a tube of whitening gel, an accelerator fluid and a tube of Rapid White toothpaste. After applying the accelerator directly to your teeth using a sponge applicator, you simply pop the gel-filled trays into your mouth and leave them for five to 10 minutes before brushing your teeth with the toothpaste. Our tester found the trays comfortable to wear and was delighted with the results, even after just a few days – half the recommended treatment time – as it left teeth visibly whiter and cleaner.

5. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush, Rose Gold: £134.99, Argos


A toothbrush that whitens your teeth might sound like a trick but this one really does work. It features five brushing modes: Clean, Sensitive, Gum Care, White and Polish. It claims to whiten teeth more than two times better than a manual toothbrush. After using just once, our tester reported a squeaky clean feeling and they noticed a visible difference in whiteness after a few weeks use. This might be at the higher end of the price scale but if you’re looking to invest in a product that you can use everyday this is the one for you.

6. Diamond Whites, Home Whitening Kit, £39.99


The Diamond Whites system comes with two mouth trays that, after soaking in hot water, you can mould to the exact shape of your teeth, helping to cover the teeth properly and reduce saliva pooling. Once that’s done, fill the tray with the provided gel, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes and brush with the whitening toothpaste. Our tester found that this kit helped remove stubborn stains from discoloured teeth and after a few uses definitely took their whiteness up a notch. We also love that this kit comes with a top-up whitening pen to maintain your smile, which only takes 10 to 12 minutes to develop. Ideal just before a night out.

7. Superdrug Fourteen Day Whitening Kit: £8.99, Superdrug


Easy to use, this three-step system is a gentle 14-day treatment that will help you get a perfect smile. To use, apply the accelerator fluid to your teeth, fill the supplied mouth tray with whitening gel and hold firmly in place for five to 10 minutes by biting down. Finish by brushing your teeth with the whitening toothpaste. Unlike other kits, the mouth tray fits over both sets of teeth at once and is a little harder to place but for a high street option that’s super-affordable it manages to hold its own, whitening our tester’s teeth by a couple of shades over the two-week period.




1. You can use almost any cleansers to wash your synthetic makeup brushes.

Synthetic makeup brushes can be washed with most face and body soaps, even shampoo. Gently tap off excess water after washing and leave it out flat on its side to dry in an airy area. Don’t dry the brushes in a standing position, with its bristles pointing up, as excess water may pool where the bristles are attached to the brush handle and shorten the shelf life of your brush.

If you’re in a rush, try the Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser ($35 for 140ml) which cleans brush bristles without rinsing. Just spray it on a cotton pad or wash cloth and swipe the makeup brush back and forth on it, until you get the gunk out of your bristles – the formula dissolves waterproof makeup too. The best part? It dries on the spot so there’s no drying time required.

2. Synthetic makeup brushes waste less products. 

They don’t absorb as much product as sponge applicators, leading to less wastage. “While some synthetic brushes hold powder-based products poorly compared to natural hair brushes, The Universal Do It All Face’s bristle tips go through an additional treatment process so they work well for powder application too,” says Larry. (try these setting powders that will make your skin look flawless)

3. The density of the bristles matter.

Brushes that are too fluffy cause streaking when you apply liquid foundation; too dense, and you’ll have difficulty layering on products – your makeup might be diluted with subsequent layering when you’re trying to build coverage. Larry says The Universal Do It All Face brush has an optimum density for both powders and liquids to eliminate streaks. It can also be used to contour and highlight, and apply all types of foundation – including cream- and gel-based ones – blusher, loose and compact powder, and even sunscreen and primer.

4. Angled brushes apply liquid foundation better.

Angled brushes make it easier to apply liquid-based products on our face contours (try these lightweight foundations that give a super natural finish). But Larry says the ones currently available are made with natural hair or are too long in bristle length, which causes streaking too. The Universal Do It All Face brush boasts a slight angle and is broader at the width to allow the product to spread more easily. It’s also symmetrical, so both left- and right-handed people will find it easy to use on both sides of the face. Plus, 13rushes’ founder Tay Yu Hui’s commitment of checking every brush to ensure their quality and comfort extends to this collaboration.