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THE REAL NICKI
The new American Idol judge dishes her off-duty style (sweatsuits!) and why she’ll never ditch the wigs
• What did you look like growing up?
I played dress up, and I thought I knew best when it came to my hair. I cut, permed and dyed it. I never thought to wear wigs.
• How do you care for your real hair?
I don’t neglect it, I take care of it the same way a normal woman would. I use all Mizani, their stuff makes my hair really soft.
• When’s the last time you went unnoticed in public?
I always think I’m under the radar until I see an eyeball following me. But it comes with the territory.
• What does low-key Nicki look like?
I try to be comfortable. I’ll do liner and lipstick, that’s it. As far as clothes, I’m in jeans and flat boots, or maybe a sweat suit.
• How long does it take to get stage-ready?
About an hour and a half.
• Do you find anything about the process annoying?
I find every bit of it annoying, actually. I don’t love sitting there and getting makeup done, but afterwards it’s like, “Yay, we created a new doll today.”
WILL YOU EVER GIVE UP THE COSTUMES?
“I get tired of things quickly and then I need a new fix. Maybe next year I’ll just walk around in a space suit and call it a day. It’s like a high to me. Unless I no longer need that high, I can’t foresee myself being regular,” says Minaj.
Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj EDP, $59 (for 3.4 oz); Macy’s stores nationwide
M.A.C Fix+, $20; maccosmetics.com
HER NEW SCENT!
The rapper, 29, nixed “probably 100” bottles before choosing a bust of herself for her first fragrance.
M.A.C Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick, $15; maccosmetics.com
Mizani Supreme Oil Sulfate-Free Moisturizing Shampoo, $16.99; mizani-usa .com for salons
Dior Style Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner, $34; dior.com