Nicki Minaj in Tom Ford on the cover of Elle.
Photo: Courtesy of Elle
It's wild that seeing an incredibly recognizable, super famous woman without makeup could be described as anything close to shocking, but we have to admit, it sometimes is. We're used to seeing Nicki Minaj done up with the bright pink lipstick, full lashes and flawless hair. Sure, she's been simplifying her style in the new year, but it's still nothing close to the no-makeup look she's rocking on the April cover of Elle. With her long blonde hair loose, damp and wavy and not a single dab of color anywhere on her face, Nicki looks like she could have just (flawlessly) gotten out of the shower. Photographed by Thomas Whiteside and (of course) styled by Joe Zee, Nicki is wearing a Tom Ford leather jacket on the cover, and very little else, save for a pair of American Apparel leggings.
Snooki's XOVain Make-under.
Happy Friday everyone! To celebrate the end of the week, and the fact that it's March 1st and we're therefore one step closer to freedom from this dreaded, depressing winter garbage, we bring you the Snooki make-under! The amazing folks over at xoJane have been blowing our minds with their gorgeous make-unders for awhile now (remember Sammi's?), but they really knocked it out of the park with this one. It's also the first for their brand new beauty site xoVain! It makes sense that they would start with our favorite fashion-obsessed meatball, as making-under Snooki, a lover of tanning and bronzer and all things LEOPARD, is an obvious coup, but she's such a good sport, and so glowy and beautiful, that we're not surprised she agreed to show off her natural beauty for the site. Posing with her red hair both down and in a low bun, Snooki looks refined and demure in very little more than just some concealer, blush, shadow and mascara. While this may sound like a full face of makeup to many of us, for Snooki, this was a majorly understated look. xoVain's editors have some things to say about Snooki's bare faced look, and let's just say they have us feeling pretty jealous. Of the TV personality, they said, "Snooki has really great skin, and she’s young, with high cheekbones and built-in bronzer." A human with build in bronzer? Ah-may-zing. They go on to add "We didn’t need to do much concealing other than this, and no trickery like contouring."