Nicki Minaj is Allure magazine’s “Face” this month. The mag asked the pink-lipped, oft-wigged rapper all about beauty, wigs and icons.
How many wigs do you have? A hundred? Right before I walk out the door, I grab one. Today, I wore a beige jacket and brown boots and I wanted to keep the whole earth-tone color scheme, so I did blonde. But it all depends on my mood. I just like to feel euphoric and free—so I’m going for more of the pink and the crazy, weird stuff now.
Do you have any beauty icons? I love Cyndi Lauper’s style. I remember watching her as a kid and thinking, I don’t know who this is, but I want to hang out with her. Her style looked like a piece of art to me.
What beauty products are in your purse? My M.A.C. lipstick [Pink for Friday]; an amazing Chanel lip balm, some sponges to constantly blot my face, and a full bottle of Chloé. I’m really obsessed with it. It’s my airport duty-free purchase whenever I’m flying.
What beauty task do you hate? You know what’s so messed up? I used to love getting my nails done; it was a time of relaxation. Now, I want to choke myself because I can’t pause my life. In L.A. the nail technicians take 18 hours for a freakin’ fill-in [for acrylics]. My phone goes off a billion times.