It’s no secret that some lipsticks don’t do justice to your pearly whites – making your teeth appear dull or yellow, even if you’ve just whitened them. And avoiding this has just about nothing to do with your actual whitening tools, but with the undertones in the lipstick you’re applying. Below, we’ve rounded up the best lipsticks to make your teeth look whiter without the wave of a whitening wand.
To avoid red lipstick from making your teeth look darker or yellow, look for a red with a piercing blue undertone. This NYX matte lip cream in Amsterdam, or Vice Lipstick in Rapid have just the right subtle blue tint that will cancel out any yellow cast that could mess with the look of your teeth.
Orange can be a bit tricky when it comes to making your teeth appear white – as it can sometimes look too yellow itself. That’s why choosing an orange with a red-to-blue undertone and hue can bring out your pearly features. These picks have cool coral or orange tones.
Searching for the proper pink to make your teeth look white has the same rule of thumb as your red shades: Find a pink or magenta with a blue-to-mauve undertone. The mauvey purple hue of Hideaway is an excellent addition to your everyday makeup look, while Psycho will have you covered when you want to pack more of a punch, thanks to its iridescent blue specks.
Purple lips colors often help make your teeth look whiter – as long as they don’t have too much of a yellow or pink undertone. We recommend aiming for a purple that’s extremely blue, like Exhibition, or something really deep and dark like Black Truffle to keep your ivories looking white as can be.
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.