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Beauty Tips: How To Use Temporary Color to Reverse Aging in Hair, Skin, and Teeth


Erasing aging “arghs” is as simple as applying temporary color onto hair, skin, and teeth —perfect when you’re crunched for time and want to look flawless in a flash! Here, discover the products that will reveal a youthful you, stat.

Whiten your smile with tooth ‘makeup’.

Take teeth from dull to dazzling in seconds with CHROM Toothpolish in Uptight White (Buy from Tooth Polish, $22). The nontoxic, tooth-safe white “paint” creates a tasteless layer over the enamel that covers surface stains for up to 24 hours. To get the benefits, swipe one coat on clean, dry teeth. Let dry for 10 seconds and apply up to three coats as needed. Buff off with a tissue to remove the color.

Erase spider veins with self-tanner.

Giving legs a warm-toned, sun-kissed glow using temporary color in the form of Glow 2 Go’s gel self-tanner (Buy from Glow 2 Go, $42) cancels out the cool-toned vein clusters. Simply use a tanning mitt to rub three to five dollops of the self tanner evenly onto legs.

Thicken thinning hair with glossy ‘highlights’.

To create strand-thickening “streaks” sans bleach, paint on COLOR WOW Pop + Lock Frizz Control + Glossing Serum (Buy from Sephora, $20). The shimmery serum catches the light, adding voluminous dimension to a finer mane. Just add one to two drops of the serum to a clean toothbrush and use it to apply onto various one-inch sections of hair around the face. Comb through to evenly distribute. To remove, use a naturally thickening shampoo, like Noun Naturals Black Seed + Turmeric Shampoo (Buy from Noun Naturals, $18).

Mask nail ridges with pearlescent polish.

When light reflects off of the finely milled glitter particles in Lakur Enhanced Colour by Londontown in Opal (Buy from Londontown USA, $16), a sheer, pearly lavender hue, it optically blurs the appearance of age-related nail grooves. What’s more, the polish contains silica, a mineral that seeps into ridges so they’re even less noticeable, leaving nails with a smooth, glass-like surface.

Volumize sparse brows with a stamp.

For brows that appear naturally fuller, opt for the Brow Trio Ultimate Brow Stencil Kit (Buy from the Brow Trio, $38). It includes stencils and a stamp-on temporary color in the form of tinted pomade that, when used together, precisely “reshape” thinner brows and fill in any sparse spots without looking drawn on or contrived.

Simply hold the stencil in place over one eyebrow, then stamp on the hair-matching color with the sponge applicator. Repeat on the other brow.

A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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