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Nicki Minaj’s makeup isn’t probably something you’d wear to the supermarket. Between her collection of brightly-colored wigs, massive false, and bold makeup, the Starships singer is now as known for her stand-out beauty and fashion choices as she is for her chart-topping hits. But in a world of smokey eyes and red lips are amongst the most popular makeup choices, Nicki Minaj certainly makes the world brighter like anime blue hair girl. I love the fact that she always looks like she’s having fun with her look. Yes, it might not be what you’d wear on an everyday basis, but if you have the chance, then why not.

This weekend sees Nicki take to the stage for a Scottish music festival, T In The Park, and I’m hoping she manages to incorporate a Scottish angle to her look – tartan wig anyone? And although the Scottish weather will probably damp and cloudy, here’s hoping Nicki will brighten things up. For the cover of recently-released tune, Starships, Nicki opted for some full-on color with yellow and green eye shadow and pink lips. It was bold and eye-catching and perfect for Nicki. So in honor of Nicki’s T In The Park appearance, I asked MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist, and fellow Scot, Lynsey Alexander, below, to put together a Nicki Minaj makeup tutorial on how to get the Starships to look.

Lynsey says, “Start with a full coverage base applying with a sponge to build a smooth but even finish. Define the brows in a pencil such as the one being used here – Lingering from M. A. C.

“Then apply M. A. C Chromaline in Yellow on the inner corners and M. A. C Chromaline in Green on the outer edges. Wing the color out at the edges with a soft blending brush #217. Liquid liner is applied along the top lash line and a big set of lashes such as M. A. C no. 3 have been applied.

“Cheeks have been colored in a bright pink such as M. A. C Dollymix and the lips finished in a cool blue-pink such as M. A. C Snob Lipstick”.

So once you’ve got the products, by the sounds of things, the look is fairly easy; there are not any super complicated techniques for this bright look. I reckon Nicki is going to be amazing; she recently performed at the Hackney Weekend and was brilliant, just what you need to brighten up your day.

Aside from MAC’s amazing product selection, which is perfect for copying Nicki’s makeup, the brand also has close ties to the star. MAC and Nicki joined forces this summer to release, MAC Viva Glam which included two lip products. Nicki’s bright yellow pink lipstick called VIVA GLAM NICKI Lipstick is in keeping with the star’s own makeup choices. And what’s even better about this particular product is that the full amount from the sale of these products, less the VAT, goes toward helping women, men and children around the world affected by HIV and Aids.