But don’t expect red lipstick.
“Here’s the thing,” Carey said during a phone interview with WWD, speaking of All I Want, the lipstick which will be available in December online. “Most people would have expected me to have created a bright red lip for the holidays, but one thing most people don’t know about me is that’s something I never wear and that I hate on myself. I love it on other people, but I just can’t do a red lip. It just doesn’t work on me. So, we were talking about doing something for the holidays, and I said, ‘Let’s do a Champagne shimmer.’ It’s kind of a throwback color, but I think it’s really beautiful. We called it ‘All I Want’ because that’s my most popular Christmas song and one of my most popular songs ever. It’s definitely a party lipstick. Wear it with your winter white.”
This isn’t Carey’s first time at the beauty rodeo. “I’m actually a beauty school dropout,” she said with a laugh. The star attended, but did not graduate from, beauty school — a backup plan in case the singing didn’t work out, she said.
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In 2006, she inked a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden that resulted in 2007’s M by Mariah Carey, 2008’s Luscious Pink and 2009’s Forever scents, as well as 2010’s Lollipop Bling trio of fragrances. She also has worked with OPI on nail colors in the past.
“I’ve been a huge fan of MAC forever — they’re my go-to makeup brand, both onstage and off,” Carey said. “I always carry at least a few MAC products everywhere. When we sat down to discuss this deal, it was something that was just natural.”
Carey’s creative process for songwriting and cosmetics creation are similar, she said. “Creating makeup is only different from songwriting because you’re looking at a product, rather than writing something and recording it,” Carey said. “But this is similar, because you’re using creative energy, channeling it into what you like. Everything from the packaging to the colors — it’s been such a great experience for me. It’s a labor of love.”
Of the forthcoming Icon collection, Carey noted, “I’m not supposed to talk too much about it, but it definitely won’t disappoint. I think it will be both commercially successful and an accurate representation of who I am.” Past MAC icons have included Brooke Shields and Catherine Deneuve.
Carey was also recently named an icon by Harper’s Bazaar. “I’m not sure I have specific icons, but I’ve always admired Marilyn Monroe,” Carey said. “She’s been my favorite since I was a little girl. I have her white piano from when she was a little girl, and I collect all things Marilyn.”
Added James Gager, senior vice president and group creative director of MAC Cosmetics, “Mariah is the over-the-top pop and beauty icon. Throughout the years we’ve all watched her with admiration and feel right now she is at her ultimate best. She exudes elegance, glamor, sophistication or sense of fun.”
Carey noted that she’ll be back in Las Vegas in February. “People have been coming from all over the world,” she said. “It hasn’t been the typical Las Vegas moment. It’s really a lovefest with a bunch of great fans.” She’ll also make her directorial debut later this year for a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. “I’m starting prep for that very soon,” she said. “That’s going to be exciting, because I love all things holiday. I’m also going to do some shows at the Beacon Theatre before I go back to Las Vegas — so I’m going to be pretty busy.”