Lipsticks come in every colour imaginable. Yet, do you know that not all shades are flattering? In fact, warm-tone lipsticks tend to emphasise and make your teeth look more yellow, while cool-tone lipsticks will make your teeth look pearly white.
Cool-toned lipsticks make your teeth look whiter
To better understand cool and warm tones, take a look at the colour wheel above. Warm tones consists of yellow, orange, and red, while cool tones are green, blue, and purple. However in the wonderful world of makeup, this definition is not as clear-cut.
Reds can be both warm-toned and cool-toned. A red colour with orange and yellow tones is a warm red, such as Kat Von D’s Everlasting Lipstick in Outlaw and Mac Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Dangerous. These warm tones will emphasise any yellowness of the teeth and may not be the most flattering when you want to flash a toothy smile for a photo.
Blue and yellow are complementary (or opposite) colours. As a pair, these two colours would cancel out each other to produce a grayscale colour, such as white or black. Cool-tone lipsticks containing blue tones will thus counteract the yellow of the teeth, making it look whiter and cleaner. Just think of it as a colour-corrector.
“What about matching my skin undertone?” you may ask. While that may be an important consideration when you’re shopping for foundation or even eye shadows, it’s not that big a concern with lip colours.
In fact, picking a lip colour the opposite of your undertone (like a cool-toned red for your warm-toned skin) may help to make your lips really pop and stand out.
In a nutshell: cool-toned red lipsticks are universally flattering and will make those pearlies look whiter than ever.
Where do you get started shopping for cool-toned red lipsticks now? We rounded up 18 colours to get you started. This list is not exhaustive so if you have any recommendations on your favourite cool-toned red, drop us a comment for our beauty community to learn!
1. Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red
Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red retails for SGD45 at Sephora and Burberry counters islandwide.
2. By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick in Mystic Red
By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick in Mystic Red retails for SGD47 at Sephora.
3. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red retails for USD34 (about SGD45) on Beautylish (shipping fees apply).
4. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Creeper
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Creeper retails for USD6.50 (about SGD8.60) on Colourpop (shipping fees apply).
5. Dose Of Colors Matte Lipstick in Merlot
Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Merlot retails for USD18 (about SGD23.70) on Dose of Colors (shipping fees apply).
6. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Paint-On Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Controversial
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Paint-On Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Controversial for SGD50 at Sephora and Estée Lauder counters islandwide.
7. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored retails for SGD36 at Sephora.
8. Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in My Icon Is
Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in My Icon Is retails for SGD56 at Sephora.
9. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Underage Red
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Underage Red retails for SGD31 at Sephora.
10. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Mary Jo K
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Mary Jo K retails for USD29 (about SGD38.20) on Kylie Cosmetics (shipping fees apply).
11. Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in Red’y in 5
Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in Red’y in 5 retails for SGD38 at Sephora and Lancôme counters islandwide.
12. M.A.C. Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
M.A.C. Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo retails for SGD33 at Sephora and M.A.C. counters and shops islandwide.
13. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Oh Miley
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Oh Miley retails for SGD44 at Sephora.
14. NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red
NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red retails for SGD40 at Sephora and Nars counters and shops islandwide.
15. Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red retails for SGD13 at Sephora.
16. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary retails for SGD39 at Sephora.
17. Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush
Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush retails for SGD76 at Sephora and counters islandwide.
18. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Rouge Tatouage
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Rouge Tatouage retails for SGD55 at Tangs, YSL counters and stores islandwide.