Celebrity Smile Secrets. That Even Celebs Need to Know

Tue, 15 January 2013 3:31PM

As Jodie Foster evidently thinks*, who’d be a celebrity? Seriously.

Sure, there are the millions of dollars to be made and beauty contracts to be scored. But there are also the trash mags and their faux headlines, and the paparazzi chasing you around when all you want to do is walk to the corner shop in your tracky-dacks and stock up on Big M and Cheezels.

Before you know it, you’re on the cover of some mag’s ‘Stars Without Makeup’ special, and girls the internet over are zooming in on your every little pore.

Ummm … Those girls include myself.

See, my job sees me staring rather too closely at celebrities’ facial features for much of the day. Every morning – and then countless other times throughout the day – Hayley and I have to delve into Getty Images, and check out who’s wearing what when it comes to eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, mousse, tan and more. And when you’re scrutinising larger-than-life (literally) faces in such a way, you can’t help but get a little picky.

Of course, we try our darnedest not to be snarky here at yours truly. For instance, we leave crow’s feet alone. Cosmetic surgery is fine if it’s right for you. But wrinkles are like death and taxes – a fact of life – and that’s why they should be whole-heartedly embraced. As should be god-given quirks like gappy teeth or statement noses.

What we do get a bit picky about, however, are bad makeup choices (if anyone popped onto our screens in orange eyeshadow, we’d probably work ourselves up into a frenzy) and those beauty faux-pas that can be easily remedied. Perhaps it’s a fine line at times, but there still needs to be one.

Take, for instance, teeth. Aforementioned gaps? Sweet, and so very Kate Moss. Yellow tones. Not so cute.

Lately I haven’t been able to help but notice how yellow many stars’ teeth seem to be. Especially the teeth that are farther back in the mouth. See …

I could have teethorexia (my husband is convinced that my job has blown my perceptions of beauty out of whack a little; I only admit to a mild case of knee dysmorphia) but the thing is, teeth is one facial feature I’m quite finicky about. Six years in braces will do that to a girl, I guess. Slightly OCD about my smile, I’m forever grinning at myself in the mirror to check on its colour status. The tiniest hint of a stain, and out go the tea and red wine for a while. And out comes the tooth-whitening kit.

You see, it’s so easy to keep teeth white and bright. Limit dark drinks, for one. And order a custom-fit whitening kit. My dentist made one for me years ago. It was by Colgate Professional and cost a hefty $400, but I’ve more than got my money’s worth, as I’ve been able to re-use the mould many times since that initial four-week course (like in the lead-up to my wedding), and keep my teeth from straying too far into yellowland.

I’ve also found that such a kit makes it a cinch to manage specific problem teeth, such as those sneaky canine numbers that are thicker and as such tend to be a little darker in colour. You simply dab the whitening solution in this part of the mould only.

Sure, you don’t want a blindingly white smile. A little warmth in teeth actually looks more real. Try this rule of thumb: you want to approximately match the white of your teeth with that of your eyes.

Hmmm, although if your eyes are also a little yellow from a tad too much of that common culprit, red wine, well that rule might not work so well. In which case, it might be just be time for that new year’s detox resolution to get underway, don’t you think?

* Did you watch Jodie’s Golden Globes speech? If not, google it at once.  It was a marvel. It had everything. She was funny, angry, sweet, crazy and poetic all at once. She had the room in tears when she spoke about her mother, who has dementia. And the big news, of course, was that she came out. Sort of. At least, that’s what everyone thinks. You see, Jodie, who is now 50 but became a star at the age of three, is an old-style celebrity. She doesn’t wear her heart on her sleeve so she’s hard to read. As she justified it this way: “If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you’d had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too might value privacy above all else.” It made me cry and feel a little bit bad that I’ve ever peered a little too closely at her teeth.

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  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Tue, 15 January 2013 05:14pm

    Maybe it’s my computer screen but smiles 2 and 3 look perfectly white to me! I wish I could get my teeth whitened- even for $400- but I have a permanent metal wire attached to the back of my teeth so I’ve read that I wouldn’t be able to :(

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Tue, 15 January 2013 08:17pm

    Been so busy past few days haven’t had a chance to catch up on all the celeb-glamour but WOW just watched Jodie’s speech, so poignant. She looks incredible too for fifty. I have a dentist made whitening tray too and it just keeps on giving , great investment.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 11:11am

    Hmmm, adding a custom made dental tray to my list of “wants” for 2013. My teeth aren’t terribly stained, but they could definitely do with some whitening!

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 11:59am

    I agree that celebs in particular should keep their smiles in check, they can sure afford it. I am going to go look at Jodie’s speech now.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 01:27pm

    Jodie’s golden globes speech was epic, just so awesome of her :) my teeth have been my biggest issue too, had to have 3 taken out before braces were put on and i still wear a plate every night and im still self conscious about my smile.

  • Posted by: ssminnow Enthusiast // Wed, 16 January 2013 05:19pm

    I’m with loopylexy, I don’t really see those teeth as that yellow. I think that’s one of the reasons I like the teeth of British celebs much more than their US counterparts since they always look more natural – not huge Tom Cruise, blinding white veneers.
    I know mine are yellowish (and probably look moreso because I am very pale) but I know they are healthy and strong and the colour is just superficial. I may whiten them later but for now it is a blue-based red lippy to make them look brighter.
    And so much love for Jodie and that speech!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 08:19pm

    I think celebrities have soo much pressure to look good (more than we think). Even makeup and surgery isnt enough. Photoshopping has been criticised in recent years but we still aim to look perfect when even celebrities who have the money and people still need alot of help.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 17 January 2013 03:40pm

    I’ve often thought about Teeth Whitening, but don’t really know what’s involved.
    Kat, could you please do a post on the pros and cons of Teeth Whitening?

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:35am

    My dentist told me that getting your teeth whitened is not good for the health of your teeth. So sticking to whitening toothpastes instead!

  • Posted by: Katrina Lawrence Devotee // Fri, 18 January 2013 10:56am

    Hi anitas.artistry, Sure thing! Look out for a post in the next two or so weeks xx

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Sat, 19 January 2013 09:42am

    Yep they are a little yellow which is unusual for Hollywood.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 20 January 2013 02:21pm

    i wander if it’s safe to whiten sensitive teeth

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  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 25 June 2013 12:22pm

    Fantastic idea, I want to get my teeth back to a good colour. Drink way to much coffee.

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