Whenever we have a glimpse into what lies beneath with our favorite celebrities, invariably we are pleasantly surprised. Such was the case with Nicki Minaj’s April 2013 Elle cover and the accompanying editorial. Known for her Barbie pink lips, Nicki undergoes a major make-under on the cover of Elle —and it’s really quite beautiful.
Miss Minaj forgoes her signature pink lipstick in lieu of a nude lip that blends almost seamlessly into the background of her flawless skin. Her less-is-more editorial is refreshing and worth emulating. What stands out most is the absence of bright colored makeup—the usually green or yellow eyeshadow and pink lips—creating a soft monochromatic facial palette.
Knowing that even the most basic makeup for the pages of a major glossy photoshoot involves many layers, we won’t delve into her face makeup on this shoot, but rather, we are focusing on the outspoken American Idol judge’s nude semi-matte lips.
Check out our picks for achieving a soft, pretty, understated nude lip, worthy of even the loudest mouth…