How Does Orange Lipstick Give Your Smile a Yellow Appearance?

Lipstick is something that so many wear. It can help you smile wider and feel prettier. However, is the lipstick shade that you choose making your teeth appear yellower than they should? 

This is a common question that many wearing lipstick ask. You don’t want to choose a shade that is going to cause your smile to dim down. You want a shade that is actually going to make your teeth appear brighter and whiter than they are. 

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The Hues in Lipstick Bring Out the Color in Your Teeth

The hues in lipstick are what causes the hues in your teeth to either stand out in a good way or a bad way. Those colors that have a yellow undertone to them, such as orange, yellows, pinks, corals and frosty colored pinks can all bring out the yellow in the teeth, making them appear even more yellow than they are, even. 

The colors that have blue hues to them, such as blue-based reds, violets, dark plums and hot pinks are going to make the white in your teeth really stand out. This makes your smile brighter and whiter without having to whiten, just by choosing the right shade of lip color to go with.

Another great thing to remember is that if you choose a lipstick, adding a gloss over it can actually help your teeth appear whiter without whitening them. This is because the reflection of the light off of the gloss gives them a whiter appearance when you smile. Add in some darker plum colored lipstick and you have a great look without worrying about yellowing in your teeth.


Whitening procedures can be done if you cannot let go of that orange lipstick, though. If you want whiter teeth when you smile, give our office a call. We can help you whiten and brighten with the best procedure.