Actress Karen Gillan arrives at the screening of Relativity Media's <em>Oculus</em> on April 3, 2014 in Hollywood, California

Can pale skinned girls wear nude makeup?

Simple, polished, and sexy, the nude makeup look has become a huge trend in recent years, from the runway to the red carpet. While we often associate this glamorous beauty look with olive and dark complected celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele , and Kerry Washington, Oculus star Karen Gillan proves it can totally work for fair-skinned gals as well!

Going nude

As is the case with foundation and red lipstick, getting the nude beauty look right depends largely on finding your perfect shade of "nude" (two shades darker than your natural skin tone). A lipstick color that's too light or has the wrong undertones for your skin tone will wash you out. Nude shades with brown undertones look great on darker skin, while pale skinned beauties should opt instead for a nude shade that carries pink undertones.

It's also important to keep in mind that what you wear with your nude lipstick is just as important as the lipstick itself. The ultra-bronzed, shimmery sun goddess look pairs well with a brown-based nude because they share the same undertones. So, if you opt for a pink-nude lipstick, a pink blush in a similar shade will suit you best.

Top tips

Now that you know what to look for when selecting your nude beauty products, here are a few of our top tips for a flawless finish!

- A nude lip looks best with a dramatic eye, so go crazy! A dark and heavy smoky eye, XXL lashes, or graphic eyeliner look will be the perfect foil for your minimalist mouth!

- If your lips are naturally dark, apply a thin layer of concealer first so they lighten up and create a colorless base for your lipstick.

Thanks for the inspiration, Karen!

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