In the age of Instagram, documenting your every move is basically second nature. Who doesn’t love a good selfie, right? In fact, in the pursuit of self-portrait excellence, we’ve picked up a few tips that keep your smile picture-perfect. Scroll to see—then, say cheese!

1. TAKE PHOTOS IN FLUORESCENT LIGHTING

Ever wonder why beauty gurus obsess over ring lights? It’s because fluorescent lighting illuminates your face—including your teeth. The even wash of white light counteracts yellow tones and smoothens out surface texture. Think of it as increasing your camera’s exposure settings, except IRL.

2. USE THE RIGHT INSTAGRAM FILTERS

Some people use filters to enhance their photography skills, while others use them to enhance themselves. It’s just a matter of finding the right filter! For an instant teeth-whitening effect, we suggest Hudson or Juno.

3. POSE AGAINST A CONTRASTING BACKGROUND

Distract from lackluster teeth with a high-contrast background. Look for bright, solid-colored walls, or better yet, patterned wallpaper. Not only do vibrant backgrounds jazz up your feed, they also divert attention from a less-then-immaculate smile.

4. AVOID WHITE TOPS

As much as we love our classy white shirts, they do make yellowing teeth more obvious. To remedy this, opt for dark tops or colors that are opposite to yellow on the color wheel, such as vibrant blues and purples. Like the background trick we just discussed, this creates a strong contrast that brightens your smile. Now, if you must wear white, opt for a cream or eggshell, instead of a stark Bond paper hue. This will make the difference between the white of your shirt and the white of your teeth less obvious.

5. TRY A TEETH-WHITENING MOUTHWASH

Nothing maintains a beautiful smile like good personal hygiene. Almost everything you consume will stain your teeth, so regular brushing and rigorous gargling make a world of a difference. Mouthwash-wise, the minty-fresh Listerine Healthy White won’t let you down! Its sea salt-and-lemon blend will whiten your teeth, prevent further stains, and freshen your breath. Just gargle twice a day for two weeks to see the difference.
The Listerine Healthy White Mouthwash is available on BeautyMNL in a 500ml bottle (P224) and 250ml bottle (P115). Shop it here.

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