Which Lip Colors Make Teeth Look Whiter?

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Reader question of the day: “… what shades of lipgloss make teeth look whiter? I’ve heard mixed things.” — prettygirl

Answer: I agree that there are varying opinions on what shades of lipstick and gloss make teeth look whiter, which is why I asked makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, author of Style Eyes to weigh in.

In general, she recommends “look[ing] for shades in cooler tones.” Think “pinks [and] blue reds,” but “avoid[ing] anything in browns or dark peaches that would pull up the yellow and browns in teeth,” she adds. And when it comes to formula, “I like darker colors in matte formulas,” she says, but suggests going with a gloss if you opt for mauve or more natural-hued colors because they will “reflect well with bright whites,” and “draw positive attention” to your teeth, she says.

A couple of cool-toned lip products to try:
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, $14.50

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss in Nude Touch or Saucy Mauve, $5.99

And, if you’re looking for a new way to maintain your pearly whites, Chang-Babaian is “obsessed with [Supersmile Professional Whitening System, $36] by Dr. Smigel. It [has] two pastes that you put together on the brush. … It makes teeth feel super clean and [look] shades brighter — especially if you’re an avid tea drinker like myself,” she says.
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