Brooklyn born R&B sensation Aaliyah was the creme-de-la-creme of performers. The 90's star could sing, dance and act with the best of them, becoming one of the elite entertainers of her time. Sadly, the star perished in a tragic plane crash in 2001, aged 22, but she continues to remain a huge pop-culture icon. Her uber-chic aesthetic would go on to inspire a plethora of modern-day celebs, including the Kardashians, so it's no wonder that MAC has based a new collection on the late singer.
#MACAaliyah #aaliyah #AaliyahForMAC • Excerpt: “My sister’s fans are so lovely and respectful,” says Rashad Haughton, Aaliyah’s older brother and longtime collaborator and confidant—an obvious stand-in to cocreate this limited-edition line in her honor. “But if they see something that is not approved by [the family], they attack it. They are very protective of my sister, which is heartwarming.” Of course, the fans, or “‘the special ones’ as my mom calls them,” adds Haughton, are the reason this collaboration is here in the first place, thanks to an online petition that publicly pleaded for MAC to consider creating one. #ConsciousKingdom DROP A 💄 in the comments if you plan to purchase !! 🤗
With long, super-smooth silky hair and smoky-eyed vibes that were completed with a perfect nude lip, Aaliyah would look just as of-the-moment now as she did then. The Aaliyah Houghton collection oozes 90's/00's glam, with sultry dark purple shades that will have you dancing to Try Again in a heartbeat. The line was co-created with Aaliyah's brother, Rashad, who wanted to be involved so the fans would feel that his sister was respected. Unofficial lines not backed by the family often face the backlash of many. According to Rashad, his family is so fond of his sister's fans that his mom even calls them "the special ones".
Now, with one of the biggest brands in beauty history collaborating with Aaliyah's relatives to bring forward a collection that is true to the star, the fans can rest easy. The eyeshadow palette, "Age Ain't Nothing", has a plethora of golden brown shimmery shades as well as muted brown shadows that are so reminiscent of the late star's aesthetic, it's as if she created them herself. Rashad says that his mother keeps storage units full of Aaliyah's possessions, even her makeup. When designing the range he was able to take her lipsticks to MAC to show them exactly the kind of thing his sister wore on the daily.
Aaliyah provided fans with many iconic looks through her short career, from the Try Again video to the beautiful glow in More Than a Woman. Since the singer dreamed of one day having her own makeup line, it only makes sense that one has been created in her memory.