Now I don't know about you but I don't know much about Nicki Minaj. She's in will.i.am's new video 'Check It Out' with our Cheryl (see 'Beauty Blunder of the Week' for the video) - and that's the extent of my knowledge. So I'm quite surprised that Mac have chosen Nicki to launch her own Limited Edition lippie. Perhaps she's a bigger star in America, that's all I can say. Anyways, the lipstick itself is pretty lush. I predict sugary, candyfloss pinks will be big news next season. The satin finish lipstick, £12.50 (maccosmetics.co.uk) will be available for the next 4 Fridays only (what a clever tactic to boost its exclusivity).
Mac interviewed the up and coming pop star about her Mac must-haves, style icons and the inspiration behind her new lipstick shade?
Tell us about the inspiration for your new M·A·C Lipstick shade, Pink Friday?
How did you end up collaborating with M·A·C? What about the brand appeals to you?
I've been wearing M·A·C products since my High School prom. I actually got it done at a M·A·C counter. From that day on, I've been hooked! I've always felt like M·A·C represents women of all colors and shades. The make-up always feels like it was custom made for your skin, your shade, your beauty regimen. The day I sat down with them I was very nervous. This had been my dream for a very long time. Surprisingly, they made me feel right at home. They had researched my pictures, my music, my fans! The staff seemed more like family than co-workers. It was a great experience.
What are some of your favorite M·A·C products?
I love the Studio Tech line for the basics. Once the foundation is on, I add Dolly Mix blush. I don't go anywhere without the M·A·C make-up wipes. Nothing removes make-up better!
You love experimenting with your look. What are your top beauty must-haves?
A Pink Wig, Pink Lips, lots of eye lashes, a great pump, and a pink push up bra!
Who are some of your style icons?
Iman, Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson.
Any beauty or style advice for your fans?
Never fall asleep with your make-up on! Always wash your face before you go to bed, keep your face moisturized and drink lots of water!
How did you come up with the name “Pink Friday”?
I was talking to management about a promotional campaign to launch the album on the week of Black Friday. We were throwing out words and ideas and he said Pink Friday. I loved it right away but we still didn't have a name for the album. About a week later in the airport I was talking about the album again and I shouted Pink Friday! That's not just a campaign! That's the name of this album! It represents change. The day has been called Black Friday all my life. I wanted to make a splash that week similar to how I've made a splash in Hip Hop which has always been male dominated.