Brighter teeth are high on our list of beauty must-haves. Whether you have five minutes or five days, we’re all about these tips for keeping those whites extra pearly.

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Bronzer > Blush

Ever wonder why your teeth look so much whiter when you have a tan? It’s the contrast that makes your teeth pop. Get the same glow all year long by nixing the blush and sweeping a taupe-toned bronzer on cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin to lift your teeth an entire shade.

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Swap Red Wine for White

Now, we’re not suggesting you toss out all your malbec. But if whiter teeth are your goal, switching to a white wine—or even Champagne—is your best bet. Can’t give up the red? Swish with water every few sips to keep stains from setting in.

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Whiten with a Banana Peel

The whiter the teeth, the more perfect the smile. But you don’t have to pay the big bucks for pearly whites. Rubbing a banana peel over teeth (which is high in potassium, magnesium and manganese) helps to remove stains on your enamel.

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Pick Lipstick with Blue Undertones

Orangey lipsticks can reflect yellow onto your teeth, but blue-based hues (like berries, plums or true reds) can make your smile appear instantly brighter because they cancel out any orange or yellow tones in your teeth.


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Ease Up on the Coffee

We know, coffee is life. But that three-cup-a-day habit isn’t doing any favors for your teeth. If you’re going to have more than one cup a day, drink it through a straw (same goes for tea) and brush your teeth right after. That way, it won’t sit on your enamel long enough to cause deep-set stains.

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