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Which Lipstick Makes Your Teeth Look Whiter?


For many women, your favourite lipstick is your go-to for completing a killer makeup look or well-planned outfit, the cherry on top that makes you feel confident and put-together. 

One of the downsides to certain lipstick shades is that they can make your teeth appear more yellow than they actually are, leaving you regretting putting it on in the first place and hiding your smile when it comes time to take a good pic.

If you want to stop playing Russian roulette with your lipstick choice, here are a few of the best tips for choosing lipstick that makes your teeth look whiter – coffee and wine lovers rejoice!

Article Summary

  • Why do my teeth look yellow when I wear lipstick?
  • Which lipstick colours will make my teeth look whiter?
  • How do I know if a lipstick has a cool or warm undertone?
  • Lipstick shades that make your teeth look whiter
  • Other tricks to make your teeth appear whiter

Why do my teeth look yellow when I wear lipstick?

Reassuring fact: Wearing lipstick in general doesn’t make your teeth appear less white – it’s actually the colour’s underlying tone that affects the appearance of your teeth! Lipstick colours are based on three undertones: blue, yellow, and red. 

Lipsticks with yellow and red undertones create warmer lipstick shades. These colours with warm undertones will actually emphasise the warm tones in your teeth, which is why your teeth seem more yellow when wearing these shades.

Which lipstick colours will make my teeth look whiter?

On the flip side, lipstick with blue undertones will make the shade appear cooler. Cool shades of lipstick counteract the yellow tones in your teeth, which then make them look whiter. It’s all about choosing complementary colours (those that are opposite each other on the colour wheel) to colour-correct the undesirable tooth shade.

How do I know if a lipstick has a cool or warm undertone?

When deciding between two shades, you can swipe them on the back of your hand or a white tissue and you will be able to see which one is cooler/warmer than the other once side-by-side.

Lipstick shades that make your teeth look whiter


Nude lipstick is a classic colour, perfect for pretty much any outfit or occasion, whether it’s a formal dinner, a night out or a casual weekend brunch. The best shades of nude lipstick to make your teeth appear whiter are pinky-nudes, which suit a wide variety of complexions. Avoid peachy-nudes or brown-nudes, which have warmer undertones and make your teeth look more like your latte.

Blue-based red

A quality red lipstick is a powerful weapon in any woman’s makeup arsenal, but needs to be carefully chosen to suit your complexion and other features perfectly. Our hot tip: Stick to a blue-toned red as opposed to warmer orange-reds, which will have a more flattering effect on your pearly whites!


If you’re not into bright reds, a richer, deeper shade might be more appealing instead. Vamp reds and berry colours are the perfect choice, especially in Winter. Choose purple-blue toned berry lipsticks instead of warm-toned berries.

Cool pink


Pink lipstick can be a happy medium when you need something a little more exciting than a nude, but don’t want to go all-out with a red lipstick. Cool toned pinks can vary between baby-pink shades or brighter, neon pinks which will give a whiter appearance to your teeth than warm, coral pinks.

Other tricks to make your teeth appear whiter

To really create the illusion of whiter teeth, choosing darker colours in general will create more contrast with your teeth and make them seem lighter, while light shades will have the opposite effect.

Always keep your lips hydrated by keeping your favourite lip balm on hand at all times, as dry lips can draw attention to plaque build-up on your teeth. Matte lipsticks can accentuate dryness, so go with glossier lipstick shades or add some gloss on top, to help reflect some light off your teeth and get them sparkling.

If these tricks aren’t enough to make your teeth appear as white as you’d like, or you really just don’t want to give up your favourite warm-toned lipstick, teeth whitening may be your best solution! It’s the best way to remove teeth stains and give you a smile you’re proud to show off!

Gold Coast Teeth Whitening

At Oasis Dental Studio, we have several teeth whitening options available at all three of our Gold Coast dental clinics. Take-home teeth whitening kits are the perfect option for patients who prefer to create and maintain a whiter smile at home to suit their own schedule. We also offer ZOOM! in-chair teeth whitening with our Palm Beach, Chirn Park and Broadbeach dentists for those that want instantly whiter teeth in one visit, safely and effectively. This dental treatment combined with eating foods that naturally whiten your teeth will encourage you to smile with the confidence you deserve!

Contact us today to achieve a brighter smile:


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