In the Nude

Nicole Parise wearing a minimal make up look with Bite Beauty's Honeycomb

I have never been shy about my lipstick colors; a bold red is just as empowering as an extra shot of espresso in the morning! However, the last few years I have embraced my other, simpler side, and I now consider myself just as fond of nude lipsticks. I would love to do another of these posts in the red category, but, let’s leave those sexy hues for another day and have a look at a few neutrals that I simply can’t live without!

Summers are my chance to wear slightly less makeup and let my skin enjoy the sunshine from time to time. Of course, I always layer SPF underneath my foundation, but lighter foundations without powder are easier to manage when the sun wears down on my makeup. The simpler, the better. To stay au natural, I always reach for one of my trusty nude lip shades, and I have these four selections in a slight rotation depending on the undertone and sheen that I am lusting for.

Firstly, I can not write this post without mentioning my newest love, which is the Bare Minerals Gen Nude lipgloss in ‘Groovy’. I am aware that this is not a lipstick, but I am generally not a fan of lipglosses and this one is a complete exception. Absolutely not sticky, smells great, and the perfect amount of pigmentation. It is literally my one and only lip gloss formula, and I suppose I will have to buy the whole range!

A very affordable love of mine is Milani in the shade Bahama Beige. A favorite both last year and this year, it works so well with a bit of a tan and has a lovely yellow-brown hue for an ultra-chic look.  On the other end of the price spectrum, also with a nice yellow undertone, is Charlotte Tilbury ‘Hepburn Honey” in that irresistible rose gold packaging. Although pricey, the formula is excellent and I am always reaching for it.

My all-time favorite and the shade I am wearing in this post is the mother of all nudes; the most divine mix of warm and neutral cream shades, and a dream for fair-skinned girls like me: Bite Beauty’s ‘Honeycomb’. When I purchased this in Sephora, an associate said that it was her most favorite shade of all time. I thought that was quite bold, but as of now, I do not have any other nude lipsticks that top the ease of use, excellent formula, shade, and price point. It is faintly lemon scented, and I generally do not like that ‘flavor’ so to speak, but in this formula, it somehow enhances the experience. It is so lovely in the summer, and I am sure it can work with skin tones deeper than mine since there is a dash of pink mixed in with the brown tones.

Let me know what your must-have neutral shades are, and what your summer go-to shades have been in the comments! I am always looking to expand my already-overflowing collection. Here’s to too many lipsticks!

xx nicole

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Jacket : Topshop

Jeans : Levis

Shoes : & Other Stories

Top : Zara (Similar)

Lipstick : Bite Beauty


  1. July 3, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Anyone can do a bold color but it takes intelligence to pick a nude shade. I’m moving there but haven’t reached the destination yet. Kudos to you for wearing these.

    • Nicole Parise
      July 3, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      That is very true, it takes time to find the ones that work for you! Thanks!

  2. Velvet Blush
    July 3, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    I’ll have to take a look at the Milani shade! I actually don’t have a favourite nude as I really struggle finding the right shade 🙂 x

    Velvet Blush

    • Nicole Parise
      July 3, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      The Milani shade is great, also check out “Matte Naked” 🙂

  3. July 3, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I love this trend bc I hate reapplying bold lipstick all the time. NYX has a really great line with tons of pinky shades

    • Nicole Parise
      July 3, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      I have lots of NYX shades as well! I wear “Abu Dhabi” quite often 🙂

  4. July 3, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Nude shades are colours that many people tend to wear less often, as bold colours tend to be an easier wear,but you’ve given a very good insight into this and have been able to convince me otherwise.

    • Nicole Parise
      July 3, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Oh thank you! They can be easier to wear, you have to find the right nudes for your skin color 🙂 Thanks, Mary!

    • Nicole Parise
      July 4, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      I’ll have to give that a try! I’ve never tried their lingerie liquid lippies 🙂

  5. July 4, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Interesting, I have been thinking to try nudes for some time, as red it’s a bit too eccentric for the work environment.

  6. July 5, 2017 / 2:24 am

    This lip color looks so wonderful. Love the nude, especially with your skin tone!


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