This summer season will mark 17 years for the reason that tragic lack of Aaliyah. Even in spite of everything this time, tributes to the beloved singer and actor have not stopped, because of devoted followers, a lot of whom have been ready for one tribute particularly: the M.A.C. Aaliyah make-up assortment. And subsequent month, it lastly arrives, letting “numerous followers rejoice their devotion to the music and elegance trailblazer of a technology,” the model says. It isn’t simply followers who’ve been eagerly anticipated this long-requested line, nevertheless; it is also Aaliyah’s household that was able to see these commemorative merchandise develop into a actuality.

“It’s undoubtedly magical how the followers got here out and type of — as they do with every part — ask my mom and me, ‘Is it OK? We actually need this to occur,'” Rashad Haughton, Aaliyah’s older brother, tells Attract. “And it was a no brainer due to how a lot my sister liked M.A.C. and the way she used it in her on a regular basis life and her profession, so we mentioned, ‘Go for it.'”

That love of M.A.C. make-up was well-known amongst her most devoted followers. “My mother calls them ‘the particular ones’ — they know completely every part that she liked,” Haughton says fondly. “They knew that M.A.C. was her line, they usually knew that each one the appears to be like, the groundbreaking issues that she did with eyebrows and eye shadows and highlights and lips. The lip gloss was one thing she had on a regular basis!” He has vivid reminiscences of driving with Aaliyah in limos on the way in which to venues as she touched up her Lip Glass.


Naturally, Lip Glass performs a significant position within the M.A.C. Aaliyah assortment, displaying up in 4 shades: a sheer, pearly nude known as Brooklyn Born, a shimmery coral known as Li Li’s Motor Metropolis, a heat berry known as At Your Finest You Are, and a deep purple known as 1 In A Million. The shades — of Lip Glass and every part else within the assortment — had been impressed by each Aaliyah’s most iconic appears to be like and her household’s makeup-related reminiscences of her.

“My mom retains every part — she’s unbelievable. She nonetheless has child albums and books, so she really had a number of my sister’s M.A.C. merchandise, so we actually began from that daring lip that Aaliyah’s identified for.” To assist followers recreate that daring lip for themselves, the gathering will embody 4 Lipstick shades: a heat crimson known as Scorching Like, a cool crimson known as Extra Than a Lady, a shimmering black known as Avenue Factor, and least intense of the line-up, a matte beige known as Strive Once more, named for her largest hit. Two pencils — a real black known as Nevermore and an intense violet known as Observe Your Coronary heart — full the gathering’s lip merchandise.

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“[The fans] knew that if we had a M.A.C. line that actually focuses on bringing a few of these archived appears to be like again whereas fascinated with the long run, it could be unbelievable,” says Haughton, who helped M.A.C. identify the merchandise and shades, together with a Bronzing Powder known as Child Lady and a nine-color eye shadow palette named Age Ain’t Nothing. “All we needed to do was characterize her illustrious profession, so we needed to have appears to be like and merchandise that actually represented her songs, represented actually vital moments in her life. Each pencil, each lip gloss, lipstick, or powder has a reputation that represents the colour, in fact, but in addition represents part of her character or tune.”

Haughton says he believes that can join with the followers as a result of magnificence is about expressing oneself, which is one thing Aaliyah excelled at. It is one of many many causes she’s retained such a loyal fanbase — followers who she handled like an extension of her household.

“I imply, you noticed this one that was capable of have this edge and be groundbreaking, however when followers had been round, she was so heat and he or she made you snicker and he or she hugged you — she actually made you’re feeling you had been a part of the household, too,” he tells Attract. And M.A.C. has created a set not solely worthy of Aaliyah’s reminiscence, but in addition of her fast and fan household. “Serendipity was undoubtedly part of it, but it surely’s additionally the facility of the followers and M.A.C., which at all times actually needed to do it. It was simply time, and the time was now.”

Extra reporting by Jessica Chia.

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