Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM
When Nicki Minaj launched her second fragrance, Minajesty, last October, we talked to her about her new-at-the-time less-is-more approach to beauty. Less than a year later, the rapper is launching another new scent. As she gets ready to launch Minajesty Exotic Edition live on HSN (catch her July 11 at 12:01 A.M. ET), we thought we'd check in with her on her beauty evolution, makeup tips, and, of course, what makes her new scent so special.
Lipstick: First, you've done so many different beauty looks. Where do you find your inspiration?
Nicki Minaj: I experiment a lot with my own hair and makeup when I'm on downtime. I'm inspired by anything and anyone I see. I follow magazines and designers on social media to keep my eye on things, and my stylists bring me what they think is hot in the market place.
Lipstick: A few months ago you told us you felt sexier with pared down hair and makeup. Do you think understated beauty is a direction you'll continue with?
Nicki Minaj: Not sure if I'll continue with it. In fact, I'm sure I won't. I'll mix it up. It’s just how I feel at the moment.
Lipstick: So, when you want to feel your best, what makeup look do you wear?
Nicki Minaj: Lashes tend to make me feel prettier. In my downtime, I don't use them, but for shoots, when I put them on, they definitely add a boost of confidence.
Lipstick:Speaking of shoots, what has been the most helpful beauty tip you've learned from a hairstylist or makeup artist?
Nicki Minaj: I learned how to do brows and eye liner by watching one of my makeup artists. I think every woman should at least be able to do that. It adds a pop of glamour to a fresh face.
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Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM
Lil Wayne confirmed to MTV that both Nicki and Drake will appear on his upcoming Tha Carter V album, because they “would not be albums without them”.
Watch the interview below:
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:16 AM
Usher joins forces with Nicki Minaj once again on ‘She Came To Give It To You’ with production supplied by Pharrell. The uptempo, disco flavored song premiered on Chicago’s WGCI station this morning.
Listen below and let us know what you think!
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM
We’re getting closer to the debut of Nicki Minaj’s new fragrance Minajesty - Exotic Edition on Friday, July 11th! In this video, the hip hop sensation and style icon speaks about her fans and why they mean so much to her.
“I wouldn’t be here without my fans. They mean everything to me. They’re supportive, they’re loving, they’re kind, they’re perfect, they’re unique. They’re everything that I wanna be when I grow up.” – Nicki Minaj
Nicki’s fans, or “Barbz” as she endearingly refers to them, had the chance to ask her questions about her life, fragrance, and inspirations, and the answers are finally here! If you’re a lucky fan, she may have answered one of your questions in our special Q&A below!
What direction would you like for your career to take in the next 5-10 years?
A few more albums, a few movies, an official scholarship program, more business ventures like my Moscato (Myx Fusions) that I recently introduced to the market place. Of course, more fragrances and beauty products.
(From Valerie M. on Facebook)
Are you excited for the release of your new album?
I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming release of The Pink Print. Just knowing that my fans will have it in their hands this year makes me so happy. Every night in the studio I play the songs and I think what their favorites will be and how many new memories we will make with these songs on tour.
What was your thought process for picking the next scent of your new fragrance?
I just go through fragrances and see which ones make me come alive. I need more than just a pretty smell, I need some sort of aromatherapy, I guess. I want the smell to translate to your attitude and make you feel good inside.
(From @LOOKINFORAMINAJ on Twitter)
What made you want to go into the music industry?
I wanted to take care of my family, and music was always the thing I drowned my fears in. I figured I could support my family and do what I loved at the same time.
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