Aaliyah's Brother Worked on Her New Makeup Line With MAC-And It Shows

MAC Makeup Sets Cheap She hated dresses but oozed sex appeal by pairing baggy streetwear with bandeau tops that showed off her taut stomach. She was an R&B girl with ties to Gladys Knight, but had a distinct goth side she revealed through shoutouts to Nine Inch Nails, black ensembles, brooding makeup, and her trademark bangs over one eye.

MAC Makeup kit Wholesale www.maccosmeticsprowholesale.com But her eponymous final album, released the month before she died, showed a different side of Aaliyah. She appeared on the cover with voluminous waves instead of her signature flat-ironed look. And rather than the oversize black coat and dark lip she sported on the cover of her previous album, One in a Million, Aaliyah wore a flimsy gold top and makeup similar to her natural skin tone.

Because we know you've seen it, rewatch the beloved music video for "Try Again," Aaliyah's chart-topping song that soundtracked her first feature film, Romeo Must Die. Within the video's first frames, it becomes clear why the late triple threat was the inspiration for a new cosmetics collection with MAC, launching later this month. With her rock-solid abs and finely sculpted arms, the R&B star, then just 21, showcases major '90s and early-aughts beauty codes: long and silky straight hair; smoky, wide-eyed lids; glossy nude lips; a chunky diamond choker that perfectly matches her bralette. In the roomful of mirrors that adorns the award-winning short, even Aaliyah can't help but check herself out. After all, it's the look that launched countless copycats, most recently, and controversially, Kim Kardashian West.

The MAC collection Cheap MAC Makeup attempts to recognize Aaliyah's style evolution - from the streetwear-loving teen who rose to fame with 1994's "Back & Forth" to the sophisticated young woman she'd become when her life was cut short seven years later.

Her older brother Rashad Haughton partnered with MAC on the collection, which includes a bronzer, nine shades of eyeshadow, two lip liners, and three lipsticks and tubes of LipGlass apiece. The price range for the products is $17.50 to $32, and the colors of each item resemble what Aaliyah typically wore in her videos and photo shoots, and on the red carpet.

The eyeshadow palette contains neutrals, metallics, and purples, and the lip colors range in tone from neutral to red to near black. With names like "One in a Million," "Hot Like Fire," and "That Somebody," the products pay tribute to Aaliyah's hits. Detroit, where she grew up, gets a shoutout, as does Brooklyn, where the singer was born.

One product that's left some fans underwhelmed is the bronzer. Aaliyah had a golden brown complexion, and the bronzer is so light it's unclear if she would've been able to wear it well. It's definitely clear, however, that the bronzer won't do much for her fans with dark complexions: It is simply too pale.

"That's going to be the only thing in the collection that I can do without," said makeup artist Christine Amor while doing an early review of the box set on YouTube. "Everything else besides the bronzer I absolutely love," she said.