Aaliyah Rock the Boat Makeup

I am a huge fan of Aaliyah… I have been since she first came out back in the early 90s.  I rocked out my baggy pants, overalls and Timbalands as well as my dark burgundy lips (Revlon’s Black Cherry).  Back then I was a mere 125 lbs and could pull it off – now, well… let’s just say I won’t be exposing my tummy any time soon. lol  Since today is Friday and I have a love for older music, movies and more – I’m taking inspiration from some of my favorite Artists and Actresses and will be recreating some of their looks they have done in the past in a Series on my Blog and YouTube Channel I have named… “Flash Back Friday”.  While I won’t be doing this every Friday – I hope to have one look up at least once a month.  I hope you enjoy.  Check out my recreation and inspired look of the makeup from Aaliyah in Rock the Boat.

Aaliyah Rock the Boat

Aaliyah “baby girl” Haughton became an Angel in 2001 along with 8 others after a plane crash that no one expected.  I chose to recreate this look because not only is she one of my Favorite Artists, but it shows us that life is never guaranteed and tomorrow is never promised.  There are two looks that she sports in the Rock the Boat music video which was the last video she filmed prior to her untimely death and she was leaving the location while filming.  In the video she rocks out a gold look (the one on the beach) as well as a blue look.  I chose the gold.  Check out my tutorial below or watch it directly on YouTube and all the products used are listed below as well.  Thank you for watching!

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Aaliyah Rock the Boat

Products used:

Brows:  Chela Brow defining pencil in brown topped with Perfekt Beauty’s Brow Perfection Gel

Eye shadow base:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadows:  Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette – Naked (transition shade), MAC’s Gorgeous Gold (lid shade), Urban Decay’s Naked 1 Palette – Half Baked (crease shade), NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder – Brown shade (highlight), MAC’s Tempting (to add more contrast to the outer v and applied to lower lash line)

Eyeliner:  Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet (water line and tight line) and NYC HD Felt Tip liquid liner (wing and upper lash line)

Mascara/Lashes:  Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Waterproof Mascara and KISS Lashes in 03

Cheeks/Contour/Highlight:  Covergirl TruMagic Sunkisser Bronzer (applied as a contour base), Wet n Wild’s Goddess Bronzer (used to warm up and deepen contour), Milani’s Warm Petals Rose Blush (used as the base blush), MAC’s Sunbasque (used to apply directly on the applies of the cheeks to add warmth), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Radiant Light (used to add highlight as well as an overall face powder)

Lips:  Milani Colorstatement Lip Liner in All Natural, topped with Revlon’s Super Lustrous Nude Attitude lipstick and finished with Laura Mercia Lip Glace in Bare Naked

Aaliyah Rock the Boat Makeup

This makeup look is easy to recreate and offers you many choices as to when to wear it.  Since Summer is just around the corner, this gold look will be gorgeous to use and rock out at those awesome beach parties or out and about.  It’s sexy and sultry but still looks wearable so you can use it day or night.  You can also smoke out the lower lash line a little more and add a deeper brown shade to the crease or outer v to create a night time look if you are going for something a little more dramatic.

Aaliyah Rock the Boat

I hope you guys enjoyed my first installment of Flash Back Friday.  I always take inspiration from my past and the music and movies from  my childhood and my youth and 20s.  Stay tuned for more coming your way soon.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger. Mother of 3 and proud Wife. I love Food, whether it be eating it or cooking it and love to learn about new types of food from different cultures. I love making YouTube videos and meeting new friends and I have had a passion and love for photography since I was a little girl.


  1. I remember Aaliyah, it was so shocking to hear about her passing. She was so talented!

    • Definitely taken too soon. Thank you love – I swear, sometimes it likes me and sometimes not… crazy curly hair. lol

  2. Norah Salazar Reply

    I also loved Aaliyah, the makeup look is so pretty, you rock it as usual Honey 🙂

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