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Sum­mer’s new and note­wor­thy must-haves.


Power to the hash­tag. Sev­en­teen years af­ter the sud­den, tragic death of ’90s R&B phe­nom Aaliyah, a mas­sive fan-driven on­line cam­paign for a M.A.C Cos­met­ics collection in­spired by the singer/ac­tress has borne fruit. Rashad Haughton, Aaliyah’s older brother, was on board from the start. “M.A.C was her brand of makeup—she loved it. She never left home with­out it,” says Haughton—and he means that quite lit­er­ally. When Haughton sat down with M.A.C to start work­ing on the collection, they took in­spi­ra­tion from the plas­tic bag­gie of M.A.C prod­ucts (in­clud­ing nude lip­gloss and red and black lip­sticks) that Aaliyah car­ried around with her and that her mother had kept in stor­age. While the in­flu­ence of her makeup in mu­sic videos like “Are You That Some­body” and “We Need a Res­o­lu­tion” is ev­i­dent in the collection, it was also im­por­tant to con­sider what Aaliyah’s style would have been like to­day, says Haughton. “One of the most im­por­tant things was her abil­ity to have so much be­lief in her­self,” he says of his sis­ter’s en­dur­ing ap­peal. “A lot of her quotes that are shared on so­cial me­dia to­day are about tak­ing risks and break­ing bound­aries and mak­ing it seem ef­fort­less. To have this line would be a day she would never for­get. I be­lieve she is look­ing down and she’s see­ing that and smil­ing.”

From top: M.A.C Aaliyah Bronz­ing Pow­der in Baby Girl ($33); Lip­glass in Li Li’s Mo­tor City ($21); Lip Pen­cil in Fol­low Your Heart ($22); Age Ain’t Noth­ing Eye­shadow Pal­ette ($42); Lip­stick in Hot Like... ($23); Lip­stick in Street Thing ($23). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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