Teeth carry the same weight as shoes on a first date – they can be a deal-maker, or a total deal-breaker.

Unfortunately, all the good things in life (i.e. coffee, red wine and the occasional ‘social’ cigarette) eventually take their toll on your teeth… just like your skin, your waistline and your bank account.

We’re not here to burst your booze-filled bubble – everything in moderation (including moderation) are our favourite words to live by.

But, as always, we want to have our cake and eat it too, so we put a bunch of lipsticks to the test to determine which ones will put the high-beams on your pearly whites.

Sure, laser treatments or an at-home bleaching kit is the obvious solution, but when time is of the essence, a blue-based lipstick works wonders.

We’ve narrowed it down to six of our favourite shades – from the bold and bright to the sheer and shiny.

Click through to see the ones that made the cut.

By Carmen Hamilton.