How to smile with your mouth closed

Written by sara hickman
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How to smile with your mouth closed
A closed smile can show emotion and look sexy. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A smile is an easy way to express yourself when with friends or taking a photo. If you hate your teeth or are afraid to look too "cheesy" you can solve the problem with a closed-lips smile. There are a number of ways to smile without showing your teeth. Practice in a mirror to find the look that best fits your personality and facial structure.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Close your lips two-thirds of the way for an agape look. Though your teeth will show a little, it is not a full-teeth smile and it will define your cheekbones.

  2. 2

    Smile with your lips completely closed without a slight curl. Though it is not a friendly smile, you will appear mysterious and sexy. This smile relies more on the eye contact than your teeth and lips.

  3. 3

    Purse your lips together to highlight your cheekbones and make your face appear slimmer. Celebrities often use this look to appear sexy or glamorous.

  4. 4

    Press your lips firmly together and curl the corners up for a friendly smile. Keep your cheeks relaxed. Your teeth will not show and the smile will not appear forced.

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