In August of 2001, the beautiful Aaliyah Dana Haughton died in a tragic plane crash. The singer/actor was known for her crazy, cool outfits and her humble personality often seen in interviews. While it’s been several years since Haughton passed away, her legacy remains intact in the music industry. Everything from her vocal style to her iconic sexy, tomboy looks have been replicated in typical Aaliyah fashion, so it was only right that MAC honoured the woman fans affectionately call “baby girl.”
In 2015, supporters of the late singer lobbied for a MAC collection via. Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/mac-cosmetics-estee-lauder-to-release-a-aaliyah-for-mac-limited-edition-collection-aaliyahformac) in hopes that the company would create a Aaliyah-inspired makeup collection. In the petition endorsed by Missy Elliot, her MUA Eric Ferrell and by her brother, Rashad Haughton, the statement reads: “As a huge MAC fan & consumer of their permanent line & limited edition collections, we want MAC to be the first brand to reintroduce Aaliyah's legacy to the world in a format that it has never been given before. Aaliyah's brother Rashad Haughton says that Aaliyah was a big fan of MAC.”
Late last year, MAC teased the highly anticipated collaboration on Instagram for fans and makeup lovers alike with “Summer 2018” as the caption. Well the wait is almost over and on June 20th (online) and June 21(in stores) the Aaliyah collection will be available worldwide.
The legendary makeup brand recently unveiled the packaging and details for several products on their Instagram page and the collection is reflective of Aaliyah’s subtle yet striking makeup looks. On the petition, fans of the “Rock The Boat” singer note that Aaliyah loved MAC and her favourite products were reportedly the lipsticks: Chelsea, Cherish, the Chestnut lipliner and Espresso eyeshadow. It appears that M.A.C took note and offers similar shades and hues in the upcoming collection. So far the brand has released (https://instagram.com/p/BjdcZ8mHGzq/) a stunning shimmery eyeshadow palette, three lipstick shades (blood orange, burgundy and nude-brown) with a bronzer and lipgloss for fans anticipating the iconic launch.
The MAC website allows fans to sign up for notifications about the Aaliyah collab here. (https://m.maccosmetics.com/email-sign-page-aaliyah).