Necessary Nudes + Neutrals

Necessary Nudes + Neutrals

Buongiorno e buon anno!!

I hope everyone had a lovely new year’s and is ready to bring in some great things this year. 🙂 For my first post of the new year I have something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a while.  After searching for many years for the best nudes/neutral lip colors, I have my stash narrowed down to a few products that I love!

If you are in need of a great neutral lip color (or the best nude nail polish ever 😉 ) you are in the right place!


Here’s a swatch of all the colors  in this list side by side. From left to right: Bow N’ Arrow, Caramellow by Stila, Nude by Gerard Cosmetics, Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo, Caramellow by Mac, Etcetera by Mac, and Oak by Mac.


1. “Oak” lip liner by Mac Cosmetics

This is my favorite lip liner pencil.  Oak is a great nude with cooler tones so it can appear almost grayish/brownish.  I often line and fill in my lips with Oak and it’s a super fast and easy way to get a nice natural color on your lips for a day-to-day or dressier look.

Oak is also a great base for just about any nude lipstick or liquid lipstick color.



This is from an older post in which I also wore just Oak.

2.Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No. 4 Pink Beige Nude

This Hourglass lip color was the answer to my prayers of a light but pigmented lip stick. It’s really more of a lip sheen, without being too shiny like a gloss.  You can wear this without lining your lips too because it’s just a natural color that looks effortless.


I lined my lips with Oak and put Hourglass over it.


3.”Etcetera” Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

Etcetera is another very versatile nude but with some orangey/browney undertones.  So for warmer nudes it makes a great liner, and like Oak, it works great by itself as well.  I often use it underneath “Nude” by Gerard Cosmetics, which is up next!


4.Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Nude

An awesome base color nude for use by itself or for mixing with other colors.  “Nude” is creamy and not drying at all. I usually put chapstick over everything and I don’t need to with this warmer-toned lipstick.



This is a photo from an older post in which I used Nude by Gerard Cosmetics and I did a layer of my Hourglass lip color over it.

6. “Caramellow” liquid lipstick by Stila

This Caramellow liquid lipstick is definitely a more pigmented option than the previous nudes of the list and is very long lasting.  My only issue with it is that it does make a visible demarkation line on the inner part of your lips after just a short time.  So if you can kind of keep tabs on it and make sure that that line doesn’t creep up on you, it’s a great shade.


I lined my lips here with Caramellow lip liner by Mac Cosmetics (just a coincidence that they have the same name). But I just found out that this shade of lip liner is not currently available, but it is a warmer tone similar to Etcetera.


This is another photo (taken a while ago) in which I used Caramellow.

7. “Bow N’ Arrow” liquid lipstick by Kat Von D

My favorite favorite favorite nude lip color is Bow N’ Arrow.  It looks amazing with more olive skin tones and is a darker, cool tone with hints of almost purpley-brown.  Bow N’ Arrow pairs perfectly with Oak as a liner.  I wear this color with every kind of look, dressy or casual and it always looks great.


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8. Samoan Sand nail polish by OPI

On the topic of nudes, I couldn’t resist including my all time favorite nail color: Samoan Sand.  This color matches all skin tones and is a PERFECT shade. It’s opaque and not sheer or transparent and matches with everything.


I hope you guys got some good info out of this post and please let me know what you think of my suggestions!

A presto!

Amanda <3


  1. January 3, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Big fan of the nude colours – espicially loving the samoan sand nail vanish!

    Great post! 🙂 x

    • January 3, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Thank you! Yeah that’s just the best color to wear in any season for any occasion.

  2. January 3, 2017 / 9:50 am

    Love love love this!! Nude colours are still so gorgeous! Can’t get enough of them 😍

    • January 3, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you!! After much trial and error these are my go-tos 🙂

  3. January 3, 2017 / 10:14 am

    The colors are lovely and I have some of things you have shown.

  4. January 3, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!!! Happy New Year!

  5. ciarralorren
    January 3, 2017 / 10:39 am


  6. January 3, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Love this! I’m always on the search for great nude lip colors. I want that Jessica Simpson circa 2004 look!

  7. January 3, 2017 / 11:14 am

    My favorite is the nail color! I am always looking for a perfect nuetral shade for my nails. Most of them are too transparent. thanks for this! Your photos are lovely.

    • January 3, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Samoan Sand is awesome — very pigmented and a perfect shade. Thank you 🙂

  8. January 3, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Oh girl I am obsessed with nudes!!! I love the GC lipstick:) Peachstock from MAC is another great one:)

  9. Michelina
    January 3, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Awesome post ~ thanks for all the great recommendations!!!

  10. January 3, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Gorgeous post & the colours are amazing! X

  11. January 3, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Ah so beautiful! I feel ‘too safe’ sometimes going for nudes, but let’s be honest, they’re the best! 😉 <3

    • January 3, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      haha! They go with everything and can be slapped on. Can’t resist! 🙂

  12. January 4, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Having a hard time choosing between the shades! As a fan of nude/neutrals, all of these products look lovely to me. Especially those lippies! Gahhhh, so beautiful! 😍

    • January 4, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you!! The hourglass one is perfect for just about any skin tone for a super neutral option and the bow n arrow is a little more dramatic but my favorite 😊

  13. January 6, 2017 / 3:42 am

    YAS! It’s all about the nudes. Kat Von D’s nude colours are gorgeous and look great on you! <3

  14. January 8, 2017 / 4:48 am

    I love nudes! Your suggestions look beautiful, definitely going to try them out x

  15. January 22, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Yassss! I love these nudes so much. Just posted 5 Neutral eye makeup looks on my blog. I’m yet to find the perfect nude Lipstick though.

    • January 22, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you! I’ll definitely be checking out your post! 😊

      • January 22, 2017 / 7:01 pm

        Thank you so much 🙂

  16. January 31, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Might actually invest in the Oak lipliner by Mac! Really love nudes at the moment and I’m trying to branch out my make-up skills a little hahah

    • January 31, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Oak is awesome it’s the one I reach for first. I think it goes with a lot of lipsticks and looks great on its own.

      • January 31, 2017 / 5:47 pm

        Thanks! I’m going in store to swatch tomorrow hehe

      • January 31, 2017 / 5:50 pm

        Ooh let me know if you decide to get it! 😊😊

  17. February 26, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    so georgeus..natural and simple..

  18. March 7, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I LOVE that Stila shade and the nail polish. You should definitely try the Soft Mattes and Liquid Suede’s from NYX. They have so many nude shades and the forums are amazing.

    • March 9, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes I keep seeing those NYX products around I should give them a go. Thank you! 🙂

  19. March 21, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    I love this!!!

  20. May 5, 2017 / 7:53 am

    You’re so beautiful and all the nudes look amazing on you <3

    • The Bellezza Corner
      May 5, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Aww thank you so much! <3

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