How Lipstick Affects Teeth Whiteness

12 Mar 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Who knew that the shade of your lipstick could make or break your smile? Follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be beaming in no time

As the saying goes, you learn something new every day. And this week, we’ve discovered that certain shades of lipstick can appear to whiten your teeth – or, unfortunately, make them look yellow.

So if you’ve not had time to visit the dentist lately, then perhaps ditching that lipstick with orange undertones or coral highlights may buy you a little more time in the whitening stakes.

“Lip colour can make all the difference in the appearance of your tooth colour,” dentist Todd Pizzi says in his blog at

“Even though corals and orange-based shades are popular during the summertime, they can make teeth appear yellow or even tan – not a good look.”

So what are the worst colours of lipstick that can put a dampener on our smiles? According to the experts, any colour resembling peach or the aforementioned orange-based shades can make our teeth look yellower or browner than they actually are.

Of course, getting your teeth professionally whitened means that you won’t be restricted to certain shades of lip colours. But not all of us can afford this route.

“When you’re confident in your pearly whites, you are no longer restricted to certain shades, so you can choose colours that flatter your skin tone,” Pizzi adds.

So what are the best colours?

Make-up experts recommend lip colours with blue or violet undertones, such as berry, pink or even bright red. These hues can make teeth discolouration appear subtler – and go a long way in boosting your confidence.

And at the end of the day, confidence – and a bright smile – are winners in our book.

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Here’s our top five favourite lipstick hues that will help to brighten your smile:


Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour

Nothing beats a classic Chanel lipstick in red. It might be pricey, but it’s well worth the investment.


Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Lip Colour 

It’s lightweight, packs a colour punch in teeth-friendly “crystal pink” and gives your lips a nourishing shine. What more could you want?


Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick 

Another classic brand, this Elizabeth Arden rouge-coloured lipstick kills two birds with one stone. Its hue helps brighten teeth, but it also plumps your lips for that much vaunted bee-sting look.


Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick 

The colour is “Midnight Mauve” and the blue undertones will definitely help to make your teeth look whiter. Max Factor is a great option for those on a budget.


Bourjois Paris Shine Edition Lipstick

Not only does it add shine with its mango butter extract, but your pearly whites will also benefit from the eye-popping pink.

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