If there’s anything that TikTok provides in abundance, it is inspiration for make-up looks brimming with potential for virality. Success stories for this year include: latte-toned make-up, cherry cola pouts, and underpainting—all of which has permeated into our social media feeds and consciousnesses over the last few months. And while the sheer pervasiveness of said looks says plenty about the influence TikTok has on our psyche, it hardly comes as a surprise if your instincts for sniffing out the latest and greatest within the sphere have dulled as a result. Lucky for you, Vogue Singapore is here to keep all your blind spots covered. The latest in-vogue aesthetic that has infiltrated an extensive circle of Hollywood bigwigs and K-pop supernovas? Tooth gems.
It is exactly as it sounds. Tooth gems are essentially embellishments for the teeth that are semi-permanent. Typically, they are bonded directly to chompers with professional dental materials and can be removed easily to ensure no lasting consequences. Much as with nail charms and adornments, they come in a variety of colours, textures, and sizes so as to allow for users to fully demonstrate their individuality and creativity. In the case of FKA Twigs as well as Rosalia, standout iterations comprising chains and diamantés are preferred, while Lisa from Blackpink veers towards variants harbouring dainty heart and flower motifs.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg—for anyone looking for further impetus to give this trend a try, look no further than our curation of stunning tooth gem ensembles sported by our favourite celebrities.
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Nothing bolsters the theatricality of stage make-up quite like statement tooth gems. Singer FKA Twigs is living proof.
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Exude whimsy and playfulness with an assortment of crystal hearts and diamonds. K-pop actress and IZ*ONE member, Ye-na, amps up the bling factor by opting for jewels on her top and bottom row.
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Adwoa Aboah demonstrates that there is a low stakes way to try the look without fully committing. Ease into the trend with a single jewel in a unique shape.
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It’s all in the placement. Billie Eilish turns heads with a one-of-a-kind configuration of blindingly bright gems.
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Lisa from Blackpink
Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can showcase them on your canines? We had no doubt that Lisa would be one of the few spearheading the charge.
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More is more. Take a leaf out of Hyuna’s book and highlight striking tooth gems by pairing them with an equally distinctive lip embellishment.
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Gold-encased teeth are back in business—at least if creative tour de force Rosalía has anything to say about it. The singer, songwriter, and producer presents a cheeky take on “grills” that were once a mainstay amongst the largest players of the hiphop industry.
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Metal mouth takes on a whole new meaning. English fashion model and actress, Iris Law, leans into the coquette aesthetic with a dainty, solitary charm.
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Chisa from XG
Elevate festival season make-up by pairing the jewels on your visage with the ones on your chompers. Chisa from XG shows off a vibrant metallic assortment that are sure to inspire double-takes.
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Lee Young Ji
Don’t just limit yourself to minimalistic gems. Comedian and rapper, Lee Young Ji, opts for an intricate series of bedazzled fruits and lightning bolts.
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Taeyong from NCT
NCT member, Taeyong, aims for an intriguing visual spectacle by varying the placement and size of his teeth bling.