Gabrielle Union Shares Summer Beauty Tips as the New Face of Philips Sonicare

No matter how we style our hair or what clothes we wear, a gorgeous smile is always the best accessory. That’s why Philips Sonicare and Philips Zoom! has tapped actress Gabrielle Union as their new face to help drive home that point.

Known for her beautiful smile, the “Think Like A Man Too” and “Being Mary Jane” star, 41, has teamed up with the popular oral healthcare brand to help encourage women to feel confident about their looks. As part of their partnership, the bride-to-be is sharing a few beauty tips for the summer.


Check them out below:

Stay hydrated: They say you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but I drink double that – a FULL gallon! Aside from the obvious – staying hydrated – it keeps my skin, hair and nails healthy and keeps my metabolism revved.

Feel good about your smile: A healthy, white smile is an essential part of my year round beauty routine. It’s a great accessory to any outfit and helps make a lasting first impression. I brush with Philips Sonicare DiamondClean to keep my teeth and gums healthy, and my dentist whitens my smile with Philips Zoom either in the office or with convenient take-home trays.

Go natural: On set at “Being Mary Jane,” we’ve been experimenting with this fresh look for my character that has become my go-to for warmer weather: A heavier brow (it makes you look more youthful!), a nude lip and just mascara for the eyes. If I do more eye makeup for nighttime, I avoid black and stick to shades of brown for a more naturally dramatic look.

Keep hair simple with bold accents: I live in Miami and my show shoots in Atlanta, which are both extremely hot and humid places in the summer. For a cute and low maintenance hairstyle, I take it back to 1986 with braids, or I put my hair up in a simple topknot. A top knot is also great for going out or a big event – I pair it with a cat eye and a bold red lip.

Confidence is key: It’s so important to feel confident about who you are and not to succumb to unrealistic expectations. I gave that up a while ago. I try to keep healthy habits like exercising and eating fruits and veggies – I’m really into juicing daily – but I don’t put pressure on myself to fit a certain mold. If you’re 5, 10, 20 pounds more than you want to be, it’s okay. Just feel confident about being YOU!

Do you use teeth whitening treatments to keep your smile bright?


  1. She is beautiful and she looks so fresh!

  2. She has great teeth!

  3. Hi Karla,

    It was great meeting you at BWBNYC this year.

    I wanted to comment on this post because I’m a Gabrielle Union fan. I refer to her several times on my Colorism blog because of her open and honest comments about the issue.

    Let’s keep in touch and talk more about our work and possible collaborations.

    • Brown Girl Gumbo says:

      Hi Sarah!

      It was really great meeting you too! Let’s DEFINITELY keep in touch and talk about possible collaborations. I think your Colorism blog is AWESOME and very needed in the blogosphere. I especially loved your piece on magazines and colorism. I’ll have to go back and leave a thoughtful comment. It’s midnight and my baby is still up so I’m going to have to cut it short. Will def speak soon!

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