The Makeup Test

Lil Mama's 'Lip Gloss' boosts both her self-esteem and her burgeoning rap career

Photograph by Howard Huang; styling by Jill Topol; assistant styling by Cathy Mallebranche; hair and makeup by Shalea Walker for Walker's Apothecary; jacket by Paul Frank; shirt and skirt by Urban Outfitters; shoes by Miss Sixty.
Photograph by Howard Huang; styling by Jill Topol; assistant styling by Cathy Mallebranche; hair and makeup by Shalea Walker for Walker's Apothecary; jacket by Paul Frank; shirt and skirt by Urban Outfitters; shoes by Miss Sixty.

She still lives with her father in an East New York housing project, and she recently caught an early flight back home from an Atlanta performance so that she could skate at Brooklyn's Empire Roller Skating Center on the last night before it closed permanently. "Usually every Saturday I go skating if I don't have anything going on," she says. "But these weekends that's coming up in the future are going to be so busy that I may not have a Saturday."

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