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 keep 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 has 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, like Rave Orange, can bring out your pearly features.
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 thanks to its blue undertone.
A deep burgundy with blue undertones is another great shade to make your teeth appear whiter, which is why Composer is one of our favorites. With just two layers, the vampy color will dry matte and crisp, making your teeth simply blinding with the crack of any smile.
Purple lip colors often help make your teeth look whiter — as long as they don’t have too much of a yellow or pink undertone. For this reason, we think Lilac Impulse is a great addition to any collection because it will make your teeth appear blanched as can be.