For a very bold (and very pink) cheek and lip, I patted on YSL Crème de Blush in Fuschia Temptation and Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Fuchsia Fever. As a finishing touch, I popped on Mattesee Elite #1357 Lashes. Because who doesn’t want to bat hot pink feather fringe on a Friday night out and about in Manhattan, which is where we put the results of the makeover to the test? Here is Carly with the full Minaj treatment: Of course I wanted to know what Carly thought of her transformation: I’ve known you since 2006. If I had to describe your typical beauty look, I’d probably say something like "neutral palette, light hand." Which, of course, makes you the perfect candidate for this type of extreme makeover! How would you label your everyday look? I usually go for a barely-there makeup look. What are your go-to products? Change by Celeste Randall Hydra Cell Bronze Spray gives my complexion a natural glow and contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate my skin. Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer covers any dark circles or pesky blemishes. I love Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Espiègle. I also don’t leave the house without applying waterproof eyeliner on my inner upper waterline—a bunch of different kinds—and Benefit They're Real Mascara. You’ve worn and liked fake lashes before, right? I've worn fake lashes to special occasions, like weddings, in the past. I also had lash extensions for a while, as well. But I've never worn feather lashes or candy-colored ones, unless Halloween counts! How about bubblegum pink lips? No, I haven’t tried bubblegum pink lips before. You’re obviously stunning so this may not be new to you. But when we went to the lounge at the Thompson Hotel LES, you definitely got attention. Did you feel the makeup made you more daring and intriguing? Or more self-conscious? I was more self-conscious than anything because people were looking at me and not necessarily in a good way. Not one girl commented on my look, but a few definitely gave the "oh-no-she-didn't" stare. A few good friends came to meet us out. How did they feel about your transformation? They actually thought it was cool—if I were wearing it for a photo shoot, but not for a night out. At our midway point, you LOVED the makeup. You wanted me to stop there. The look consisted of a bronze shadow stick, black liner rimming the full eye, lacquered lashes and flawless skin that was highlighted and contoured. What I liked best was how perfect my skin looked and the intensity of my rimmed eyes midway through the process. Do you think the Nicki Minaj basic face is actually very wearable? 100 percent! I would totally wear that look the next time I go out. It was definitely very different than the normal way I wear my makeup, but I loved it—way more than I thought I would.
Photos: Getty Images (Minaj); all others courtesy of Lauren Cosenza
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