Sure, teeth whitening strips are a great concept in theory, but the sensitivity in the weeks that follow? Pretty brutal, if we do say so ourselves. When you're not eager to buy an LED tooth-whitening device on your Instagram feed, or make that dreaded dentist's appointment, a "fake it til you make it" mindset always prevails.
Certain lipsticks on the cooler end of the spectrum can actually make your teeth look brighter—no downtime or sensitivity involved. The secret lies in the super-subtle blue or violet hints in each color, which cancel out any yellowness from coffee or wine consumption, and make your teeth appear whiter than they actually are. Here, we put together a list of lipsticks that hold the perfect balance of blue to impart a whiter smile. Scroll down to shop each one now.
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1. Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Psycho
The infusion of iridescent blue glitters in this candy apple hue adds dimension to the matte finish, as well as your smile.
Urban Decay | $18
2. Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lip Gloss
Though it starts out as a shimmery denim, warmth from your body and your natural PH levels cause the color to shift toward a flattering plum tone.
Lipstick Queen | $25
3. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick in Jawbreaker
Perfect for any volcano girl, this shade is so sweet, even she-devils like Courtney Shane won't be able to resist flashing a smile.
Too Faced | $21
5. Hourglass Confession High Intensity Lipstick in I Can't Live Without
It's the same shade as the most glorious glass of Malbec, sans the wine stains on your teeth.
Hourglass | $34
6. MAC Lipstick in Mehr
Searching for a tone that errs more toward the nude and pink end of the color wheel? Take this dusty rose out on a spin—the subtle blue hints contrast nicely against your pearly whites.
MAC | $18
7. Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick in Pomegranate
Sure, the true hot pink may seem shocking at first glance, but the buildable coverage allows you to go as subtle as a stain, or strong as the hue worn by your childhood Barbie.
Shiseido | $22
8. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Candied
The violet undercurrent in this vivid pink is subtle, but strong enough to basically have you looking like a walking Colgate ad.
Bite | $24