Katy Perry, who is an October birthday girl celebrating her 27th on Oct. 25., graces the Oct. 2011 issue of InStyle.

She follows Beyonce -- a September birthday girl who celebrated her 30th on Sept. 4 and with an Sept. 2011 InStyle cover. We're sure it was a print publishing world coincidence, but still, it's worth a mention. On her cover, Perry's sporting cotton candy pink locks and magenta lips, so she's certainly pretty in pink, above the neck, at least.

Perry is celebrating those famous curves in a black lace Emanuel Ungaro dress that covers her in all the right places yet still maintains that aura of patented Perry sexiness. The thick black belt is Louis Vuitton, and both that and the shiny silver cuff are doing it for us, accessories-wise. Perry was wise to keep the rest of her ensemble simple, since her hair and makeup made quite the statement.

In her cover feature, Perry revealed that she relies on her inner dial when it comes to fashion, saying, "Either I turn it up or down." She also hinted that kids are in her future with husband of a year Russell Brand, just not yet, candidly admitting, "I think if you’re married, it’s often in your future!"

The 'Firework' singer also dished on her makeup secret which is six shades of impressive. She has it applied by her beauty squad while she naps and in cool chair, to boot. She revealed, "I ordered a special chair from the dentist so I can lie back and wake up looking like a million bucks -- I call it my Sleeping Beauty makeup."

Perhaps the best quote to tumble from Perry's pink painted mouth in the pages of InStyle? "I am full of unicorns and Care Bears 99 percent of the time, but don’t open Pandora’s Box of that other one percent — because it’s there!" Consider that a warning. Don't mess with Katy Perry or the Care Bears will fall by the wayside in favor of something fierce.

The issue lands on stands this coming Friday, and will share shelf space with the singer's current red hot Cosmo cover. Usually, mags do their best to avoid the same cover star in a single month, so Perry has achieved a publishing coup here!