Natalia Lusinski
Updated September 09, 2017
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Don’t you hate when you see pictures of yourself, but there’s one problem — your teeth don’t look white enough? Well, these tricks will help you get a whiter smile, according to Kim Kardashian West’s makeup artist.

Of course, we’re talking about none other than Mario Dedivanovic. Yup, he’s the one who taught Kim to contour, so we have no doubt he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to making our teeth look good, too. Plus, he’s a Colgate Optic White ambassador, so he knows teeth. However, if he’s giving ~Kim~ this advice, too, it’s ironic — as you probably know, she seems to prefer smiling for photos sans teeth. But with Dedivanovic’s advice, at least she’ll be all set for the rare days and photo shoots when she shows off her pearly whites.

Now for Dedivanovic’s tips for whiter teeth: They are so easy, there’s no reason not to at least try them out. Here’s what he suggests.

1Brush your teeth before putting on your lipstick or lip gloss.

By brushing your teeth first, you’ll avoid altering a hue. Interesting, right?

2Use a lipstick or gloss with blue undertones.

We know — blue?! But let us explain.

In case you’re wondering why this is, it’s due to the blue tones canceling out yellow or orange tones in your teeth, according to Dedivanovic. Say no more! Fun fact: Not just red lipsticks have blue tones; lighter shades, like mauve, have them, too. When in doubt, of course, just ask a makeup pro.

3Get rid of your bronzer.

You may have a guess as to why wearing bronzer won’t help make your teeth look as white as possible. If you think it’s because it may make your yellow or stained teeth even more yellow- or stained-looking, you guessed correctly. So, yes, it’s best to stay away from yellow- or orange-toned makeup.

However, a light dusting of bronzer is okay if need be, according to Dedivanovic. In that case, he also suggests a light gloss.

So when Kardashian ~does~ show off her teeth, how do they look? Like she follows Dedivanovic’s tips for having white teeth, that’s how! For instance, here she is with Kanye West at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.

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Yup, her teeth do seem white! And, regardless, the pair do look like they were having a great time…

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Okay, are you now as inspired as we are to have whiter teeth, and without having to reach for any teeth-bleaching products? We’ll BRB as we go try out Dedivanovic’s tips!