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These are the lipstick shades to wear if you want to fake whiter teeth.

If there’s one thing that can instantly turn a look from disheveled to put together, it’s a lipstick. The power of colour is all it takes to lift spirits and confidence. What’s more, the best part of it all is that it can slip right into your purse so you can be ready for any occurrence that might require a little pizzazz.

The list of magical wonders a lipstick can do is extensive, but one drawback is the wrong shade can emphasise the dullness of your teeth and that’s arguable the most undesirable physical trait. So why is it that some colours accentuate the brightness of pearly whites while others contrast differently? Apparently, it’s all in the undertones of the shade of choice.

In a quest to find the best bullets, glosses, tints and stains for whiter teeth, and an all-round brighter smile, we rounded up the colours to wear sans dentist appointment.

 

Blush Nudes

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G The Duchess (HK$270)

Nude shades are great for the natural, barely-there makeup look. But with undertones that lean towards browns and peaches, it can make teeth appear slightly yellow. Pink corals however aren’t too warm and can whiten teeth in contrast.

 

Blue-Based Reds

Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored (HK$216)

Every cosmetics company will have their signature brand of the classic red. But not all reds are created equal. Red lips with blue tones are the most flattering and cancel out any yellows casted on the teeth.

 

Purples and Plums

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion Rouge Noir 

Dark tones generally make teeth appear murky. Pick a vampy shade (again, one with blues) to counter the yellow. Deep berries and magenta are high contrast colours that not only brighten teeth, but also work on most skin tones.

 

Blues and Violets

Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick in 606 Sophie Plum (HK$305)

This may not work for everyday wear, but cool shades are trending this season. If there is one type of colour that is most complementary, it’s blue. Step out of your comfort zone and dare to embrace something new.

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Dara Chau
Senior Digital Editor
Dara has spent over seven years writing about the aspirational lifestyle, including topics such as high jewellery, beauty and wellness, travel and wine and dine. In her spare time, she’s either at the gym struggling to work off her gluttonous guilts or making up her skills in karaoke with enthusiasm.