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Lipstick Shades To Fake A Brighter Smile (PHOTOS)

05/30/2013 10:46 am ET

We love seeing women embrace their gap-toothed grins and snaggle fangs, but a brighter smile is something we all want. However, at-home teeth whitening kits are often pricey and painful and natural remedies for whiter teeth can take lots of time. But did you know that achieving a megawatt smile was a simple as applying lipstick?

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Mitchell Charnas, founder of the Manhattan Dental Spa, offers his tips below on faking a brighter smile with the perfect lipstick shade, as well as which colors can make your teeth look yellow.

For a smile that shines bright like a diamond try...
Rich reds and berries: These are the best lipstick shades for making your pearly whites stand out. They will reflect off your smile to boost brightness.

Lip colors with blue undertones: The blue counteracts with yellow in enamel, making your smile appear instantly whiter.

Shiny, nude glosses: A glossy, shimmering formula in a classic neutral works to reflect against graying enamel, creating an illusion that teeth are shinier than they actually are.

The culprits behind a yellow grin are...
Bright orange and yellow-toned reds: Shades like coral or tomato have yellow-orange undertones, and work to play up the yellow in teeth. Avoid colors like these to prevent further yellowing.

Pale pinks, frosts and mattes: Steer clear of these shades and formulas, as they accentuate stains and make your smile appeal duller.

Have you tried any of these teeth whitening tricks?

Meanwhile, see how the stars wear this season's hottest lipstick shades:

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