Which Beauty Product Would Nicki Minaj Feel ‘Useless’ Without?

Nicki Minaj Hair and Makeup
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It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, wig-loving, lyric-spitting, makeup maven Nicki Minaj was afraid of change.

“I can’t believe I used to wear the same hairstyle every day of the year,” she tells ELLE of her toned-down look (left). “I was always inspired by people who did wild stuff but didn’t always have the [guts] to do it myself. Now I can’t leave it alone.” Since meeting hairdresser Terrence Davidson, the singer’s hair imagination has known no bounds. “I could literally tell him to put a jukebox on my head, and he would figure it out,” she jokes.

But with creative convictions come an arsenal of professionals. “My makeup artist has to do my brows and lids and lashes,” the M.A.C spokesperson says, highlighting lashes as a key element of her trademark look. ”I don’t have the patience, my hands shake, and I mess everything up,” she explains of her tepid technique.

“Everyone knows I’m a lash girl by now,” she continues. “When I don’t have my lashes, I feel naked.” Same goes for her pink lipstick. “I can go without it for a couple days,” she says, “but if there was no more pink lipstick in the world, I’d be useless.”

Justine Harman