SUMMER’S NEW & NOTEWORTHY MUST- HAVES
Summer’s new and noteworthy must-haves.
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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.