UPDATED June 17th, 2017
There’s nothing like the evidence of a girls’ night out on Instagram to force us to confront the reality that the glamorous coral lipstick we were sporting makes our teeth look totally yellow. Already occupied with finding shades that compliment our skin tone and other makeup choices, it’s hard to also think about lipsticks that make teeth look whiter too. Makeup artist Tina Turnbow tells Elle that choosing the right lipstick shades can make all the difference in how white—or how yellow—your teeth look. She generally advises anyone with less-than-perfectly-white teeth to stick to more “Blue-based pink or red,” and avoid brown-based colors.
Fortunately, there some classic hues for both day and night that can help teeth look their brightest. Depending on the underlying color and some other effects, such the ability to deflect light, most any shade can work for your smile.
Here are 10 lipsticks that make teeth look whiter and brighter: