5 Of Aaliyah’s Most Iconic Beauty Looks

On my first day of fifth grade, my teacher asked the class to share who their favorite famous person was — and my hand shot right up into the air. “Khalea, the one who loves Aaliyah ” was my identity for the beginning of the school year… and up until August 25, 2001, when the singer passed away in a fatal plane crash. Even though it’s been 16 years since her untimely death, it’s impossible to forget about the singer and actress (who would’ve turned 39 today). We all miss her, but thankfully, her legacy will live on forever.

Aaliyah’s sound was futuristic, and in turn, her glam was also ahead of its time. It’s impossible to choose a best look — she had too many to count, thanks to big budget music videos and numerous red carpet appearances. And hopefully, MAC Cosmetics does her justice this summer with their collection, which finally came into fruition after a Change.org petition racked up over 26,000 signatures.

Until then, we’ll hold on to the memories and marvel at the beauty of Baby Girl, as it will never, ever be duplicated. Check out some of our favorite looks ahead, and let us know what yours are in the comments below.

The Swoop Bang
You know you’re a ’90s baby if you tried to create fake fringe by combing the front of your hair to the back, then forward again. It was all in an effort to create Aaliyah’s most recognizable hairstyle, seen even towards the beginning of her career in ’97.

Photo: Chris Walter/WireImage.

The bang — and her long length — remained a mainstay throughout the years. It was sexy, mysterious, but still attainable enough to request at your local salon.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

As she got older, Aaliyah changed up her look by dyeing the ends of her long, jet black hair brunette. Some fans and beauty lovers argue that she was one of the first entertainers to try the ombré trend.

Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.

The Smoky Eye & Glossy Lip Combo
Kim Kardashian got some flack for her Halloween costume last year, but who wouldn’t want to copy this look? It’s one of Aaliyah’s most famous ones. Although she’s dressed head-to-toe in glimmering stones, we still can’t remove our gaze from her artfully-painted lids and lips.

Photo: Courtesy of YouTube.

“We Need A Resolution” Red
Hopefully, the powers that be at MAC Cosmetics are reading this, because we NEED this red lip in the collection this year. After all, it’s a transformative shade… and was a huge part of one of Aaliyah’s most mature makeup looks at the time (from “We Need a Resolution”). Honorable mention goes to her one dot, one lip moment and orange eyeshadow.

Photo: Courtesy of YouTube.

“Rock The Boat” Rhinestones
Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” video was her last, but it’s one that’s impossible to forget. Her makeup artist, Christopher Maldonado, (who also passed away on the plane ride from the Bahamas) made sure of it. Throughout multiple scenes of the music video, Baby Girl wore rhinestones around her eyes — partially because she shot scenes underwater, where false eyelashes would likely float away, but mostly because she looked stunning.

Photo: Courtesy of YouTube.

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