Who doesn’t want a brighter looking smile? And we’re not talking about charcoal toothpaste and whitening systems you see your favorite influencers advertising! If you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker you’re more susceptible to staining and those chompers just aren’t so white. So we think we can help! Think of it as color correcting for your teeth but with lipstick, know what lipstick shades make your teeth look brighter and whiter (or more yellow, grr).
Warm-toned lipsticks will counteract cool-tones in teeth bringing out the unwanted yellow shade (a warm tone) while choosing a more cool-toned shade of lipstick will make your teeth appear whiter by counteracting the warm tones in your teeth. Pretty simple right?
When opting for a brown, orange or vampy shade, even neon colors, we can't help you there, these tones will generally make your teeth slightly more yellow. But in pinks, purples nudes and reds? We’ve got you covered with what to look for when choosing your shade.
(@ashleyklaty wearing our newest shade unzipped)
Likewise with pinks you want to find the most cool-toned (blue-based) undertone in the lipstick as opposed to yellow. Now shades will vary with your skin tone so pinks can be a bit tricky if cool tones don’t suit your skin, however, you can always opt for a more berry pink with more purple undertones that usually look good on all skin tones and will make your teeth look whiter than normal.
We recommend: Unzipped, Cancun, St. Tropez
(@jamescharles is rocking Purple Rain)
Darker shades will naturally have a more yellowing effect, but if you opt for a darker, vampy-purple that carries more pink than its usual brown undertone, it will help make your teeth look whiter.
We recommend: New Orleans, Purple Rain & Bordeaux
(@angeschka looks gorgeous in Sao Paulo)
Although most nudes tend to have a more peachy or brown undertone, you’re going to want to look for a more pinky-nude that is not too warm. Finding a whitening-nude can be a bit challenging but this will be your best bet for selecting your nude lippie.
We recommend: Sao Paulo, Nude Potion & Angeles
(@aicalatay used Atlantic City on this beauty)
Typically reds carry a more blue, pink or orange base. We’re definitely staying away from the orange based lippies because those will give you the most yellowing effect (not what we’re going for here). A more pink base will keep you fairly neutral but a blue-based red lipstick will provide the best whitening effect- yasss.
We recommend: Atlantic City & Milan
It’s National Dentist Day and even if you don’t have those Hollywood pearly whites (let’s be honest, is that even real natural?) we want to see your best smile wearing your favorite OFRA lippie! Tag us using the hashtag #ofra or #ofracosmetics for a chance to be featured on our social media pages!
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