Not-so-white teeth giving you grief? Can’t de-bloodshot your eyes? Read this, asap.
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The Problem: Red, bloodshot eyes
Long-term solution Get that twinkle back by taking an omega-3, flaxseed or fish oil supplement in the leadup to your big day. ‘Omega-3 fatty acids help modulate the inflammation that can lead to dry, red eyes,’ says naturopath Renée Leonard-Stainton. Lack of sleep also causes red, puffy eyes. ‘If you’re finding the stress of planning is affecting your ability to sleep, consider a magnesium supplement which will help you relax,’ adds Renée. ‘Dull or yellow eyes can indicate stress of the liver so it’s important to avoid refined sugar, trans fats, caffeine and alcohol.’
Quick fix Make your eyes appear brighter, whiter and more awake by using an illuminating eye serum followed by a white eyeliner along the inner line of your lower lashes. M.A.C. National Artist Kiekie Stanners suggests applying it with enough time to let it wear in naturally before you walk down the aisle. Alternatively, dab a shimmering silver or white pigment powder to the inner corners of your eyes for a brightening effect.
The Problem: Yellow or discoloured teeth
Long-term solution Show off your brightest smile by visiting your dentist and enquiring about in-practice or take-home teeth whitening. With the take-home package you’ll be fitted with a custom-made tray into which you apply gel to the teeth impressions. Wear it for a few hours at a time over a week or two until you have desired results. In-practice whitening treatments give the fastest and most effective results in just two hours. If you’re on a budget, use whitening toothpaste to assist stain removal and restore natural whiteness.
Quick fix Well-applied makeup and considered colour shades can hide a multitude of sins – including yellow teeth. If you’re wearing a bold lip, then make sure it’s a colour that will help mask any discolouration. Kiekie recommends opting for a blue-based red lipstick or gloss to help make teeth look brighter. ‘A shade with a soft pink undertone is ideal and photographs beautifully,’ she says.
Learn how to solve other beauty problems (sparse eyebrows? Short eyelashes?) in our Summer issue, on shelves now!