It’s no secret that some lipsticks don’t do justice to your pearly whites – making your teeth appear dull or yellow, even if you’ve just whitened them. And avoiding this has just about nothing to do with your actual whitening tools, but with the undertones in the lipstick you’re applying. Below, we’ve rounded up the best lipsticks to make your teeth look whiter without the wave of a whitening wand.


NYX Matte Lip Cream In Amsterdam or Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Rapid
To avoid red lipstick from making your teeth look darker or yellow, look for a red with a piercing blue undertone. This NYX matte lip cream in Amsterdam, or Vice Lipstick in Rapid have just the right subtle blue tint that will cancel out any yellow cast that could mess with the look of your teeth.


L’Oréal Infallible Lip Paint in Cool Coral or YSL Vinyl Lip Stain in Rave Orange
Orange can be a bit tricky when it comes to making your teeth appear white – as it can sometimes look too yellow itself. That’s why choosing an orange with a red-to-blue undertone and hue can bring out your pearly features. These picks have cool coral or orange tones.


Urban Decay Liquid Lipstick in Psycho or Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Hideaway

Searching for the proper pink to make your teeth look white has the same rule of thumb as your red shades: Find a pink or magenta with a blue-to-mauve undertone. The mauvey purple hue of Hideaway is an excellent addition to your everyday makeup look, while Psycho will have you covered when you want to pack more of a punch, thanks to its iridescent blue specks.