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A warm smile has the potential to light up a room and brighten the mood. So how do you get yours looking its best? Forget expensive laser treatment or time-consuming strips, the fastest way to whiten your teeth is simply with a smart shade of lipstick.
When choosing a lipstick, remember that orange and yellow hues tend to bring out the same tones in your teeth. It’s easy to spot the colours - just hold the lipstick up to the light and the tones will pop out at you.
It’s all very well looking for the tones in lipsticks to make your teeth appear whiter, but the shade you choose will also have to complement your skin tone. Red mixed with coral suit fair skin-tones, deeper pinks and cranberries suit olive complexions while true reds are better with medium skin-tones. Darker complexions can carry off burgundy shades with ease.
And before you apply your perfect shade, remember to brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste.
Using Oral-B 3D White Luxe Perfection toothpaste promotes stronger, healthier teeth and gums to keep your smile bright for ever.
Follow our guide below to track down the lipstick colour that’ll have you beaming.
These flattering hues can highlight your natural white…
Picking blue-based tones rather than orangey reds gives teeth an instant gleam. Why? It's all to do with the colour wheel. Blue and yellow sit across from each other on the wheel, so blue tones tend to cancel out orange or yellow tones when put together, and vice versa. Lipsticks formulated with a blue base will help diminish any orange or yellow tones on your teeth.
Darker pinks are the easiest shades to wear with little risk of making teeth look yellow. That’s because the tones in darker shades of pink are blue, vital for making teeth look whiter. Try a raspberry tint and, rather than a matte finish, add just a touch of clear gloss in the centre of your lips for an instant injection of volume.
A combination of fuchsia pink and a high-shine formula work together to make your smile appear whiter. Bright and bold pinks can be particularly flattering for olive skin-tones, creating a complementary contrast and bringing out natural warmth.
Yes, really! For the same reason that blue-bases make your teeth appear whiter, turquoise does too. You’ll find turquoise in mainly nude shades. Team with moisturising lipsticks that shimmer slightly as the flash of iridescence will light up your complexion making your teeth appear whiter. The combination of nude and turquoise will suit all skin tones.
A dark purple shade is especially flattering for darker skin tones and immediately adds a cool elegance to any look. Plus, of course, it will brighten teeth.
It’s trickier to find lighter pinks that keep teeth looking white than it is with reds, because they don’t have the dark contrast to make teeth shine. If you prefer softer pinks, look for a version that has a berry-hue to brighten up your smile.
Another member of the darker pink family is plum, and a lipstick in this shade is an instant teeth whitener. Berries are normally a combination of pink and purple tints, so the blue tones are very strong.
If you like to wear dark lipstick, go for a rich berry shade. Whether that’s purple-toned or a deep red, both will brighten your smile.
As well as making teeth more radiant, nudes plump up thinner lips, especially if they contain a slight shine. Go for lipsticks with moisturising in the name as lighter shades of lipsticks can make lips look dry.
To fake a whiter smile there are a few colours to avoid…
A little bit of shine is great, but too much can settle into fine lines around your mouth. Any colour that’s too icy will make your lips look whiter and your teeth duller.
When you wear neon nail varnish or clothes, your skin will look more tanned. This works in the same way with teeth, too. Wear Day-Glo on your lips and you’ll adopt a brown tinge on your teeth.
If you’ve got any brown tones in your teeth – and it’s a common side effect of ageing – brown lipsticks are a definite no, as they’ll highlight them. Brown shades also bring out a yellow tinge in your teeth.
Matte lipsticks give an illusion of dry lips, so your teeth will have no shine to bounce off.
What’s your favourite lip colour that always makes you feel confident? Let us know in the comments below!