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. A dash of colour on the lips is all it takes to lift spirits and boost your confidence. Best of all is how you can slip your go-to lip shade right into your purse, and ensure you’re 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 — arguably 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.
If you’re going for the natural, barely-there makeup look, nude shades are a great way to go. 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.
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
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
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.
This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong.