Billboard Music Awards Beauty: Nicki Minaj's Muted Makeup

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On the BBMAs carpet on Sunday, the always colorful rapper traded her eyelashes and flash for something a bit more quiet. And the new Nicki continues.

There’s hardly a time we can remember Nicki Minaj without her rainbow-hued wigs and equally vivid makeup -- crazed eyelashes included. But as of late, the 31-year-old rapper has taken her iconic candy-colored look au natural, as seen on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

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“I felt like it was a natural transition,” explained Minaj during and Samsung's red carpet show. “I always wanted to do it by the third album. It’s getting a great reaction, so I am not going to stop now,” she said. Minaj donned a floor-length black Alexander Wang gown with cutouts that put her stomach and, uh, other assets front and center. She also opted for a neutral lip shade and a clean complexion, with a pop of glitter swept across her eyelids.

And although the songstress’ wigs seem to be retired -- if only temporarily, her friends are making the most of them. Last week, Rihanna snapped a shot of herself wearing a pink pixie wig and tweeted, “We raided Nicki’s wig closet for the summer. Bad gals just wanna have fun!”

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And lest you think her Minajesty has ditched her color-loving ways entirely, look no further than her upcoming album, aptly titled, The Pink Print.