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Top 25 MAC Collaborations We'd Love To See!

MAC has curated some of the most coveted limited edition collections known to beauty junkies by aligning themselves with girl empowering brands and renowned icons in entertainment & fashion. From Barbie, Hello Kitty, Wonder Woman and Lady Gaga to the current Marilyn Monroe, Azealia Banks and Carine Roitfeld collections, MAC’s collaborations with notable brands and personas keeps us coming back for more.

While reflecting on our favorite MAC Collaborations, we began thinking about partnerships we’d love to see the beauty brand bring to the forefront of our ever-budding make up collections in the future.

From Eartha Kitt to Joan Smalls to Scandal’s Olivia Pope played by Kerry Washington, take a look at the top 25 list of MAC collections we’d love to see!

MAC Collabs Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls, Iman, Beverly Johnson

 

MODELS

25.  BEVERLY JOHNSON

As a woman of color in the modeling industry, Beverly paved the way for many and broke barriers becoming the first ever-Black model to cover the fashion bible known as Vogue. She’s proof the Black girls certainly do rock. After all, she is one of the most influential figures in fashion of the 21st century, as noted by the New York Times. A Beverly Johnson for MAC collection would be nothing less than iconic.

24.  IMAN

From Gianni Versace to Donna Karan to Yves Saint Laurent, Iman has been practically every designer’s muse with her exotic beauty, slender figure and humble spirit. While she may have a cosmetic line of her own we’d love to see a collection paying homage to all her work in the modeling world and philanthropy.

23. JOAN SMALLS

Straight from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris to the 2010 face of Gucci to the host of MTV’s revived House of Style, Joan has always been one Vixen to watch, especially after being recently dubbed the number one sought-after model in the world. A first class collab featuring signature lip shades allowing us to recreate the Latina beauty’s signature pout? We’ll take it!

22.  CHANEL IMAN

This Victoria’s Secret Angel is no stranger to the runway having started her career at the tender age of 13. Much like her predecessor Beverly Johnson, Chanel set records by becoming the youngest model to ever grace the cover of Vogue. As for a collection, think youthful and vibrant with a focus on blushes that highlight high cheekbones.

MAC Collabs Designers

 

FASHION DESIGNERS

21.  MARC JACOBS

Let’s face it: Marc, as our pick, really needs no explanation. Between being the creative director at Louis Vuitton, managing several of his own eponymous lines and wearing dresses better than any of us women could imagine, we’re sure he’d be more than ecstatic to create his own coveted beauty collection with vibrant pops of color.

20.  TRACY REESE

By far one of our top favorite fashion designers, Tracy never fails or hesitates to impress. Even the First Lady Michelle Obama,and Queen B have both made note of that. We’re thinking an ultra feminine, elegant collection of beauty products perfect for the modern woman that would be transitional from day to night would be more than suitable for a day at the office.

19.  RACHEL ROY

From the creative director of Rocawear to owning her highly successful eponymous fashion brand in only a short amount of time, Rachel knows just how to turn subtle into sexy without overdoing it. She creates show-stopping moments on the red carpet with her fashions and we are quite certain a beauty collection would sure follow suit.

18. VICTORIA BECKHAM

Victoria’s a force to be reckoned with. From being apart of one of the greatest girl groups of all time to owning her own fashion brand--all while managing life with a handsome husband and kids--this super woman certainly deserves her own beauty line. We’re thinking a whimsical and classic collection perfect for a day at the office or a night out with our girls.

17. DIANE VON FUSTENBURG

President of the CDFA, former Princess of Fürstenberg, Queen of design and a vocal voice of female empowerment--need we say more? An effortless, subtle palette of neutral colors with rose gold lip glasses (so we can all channel our inner Wonder Woman) is all we ask for.

MAC Collabs Hollywood Legends

 

HOLLYWOOD ICONS & LEGENDS

16. EARTHA KITT

Eartha has always been the purrrrfect Vixen. In her heyday, she was a triple threat and one of our favorite actresses who managed to channel the pure essence of Catwoman on screen. A fierce, feminine and refined collection would help us to channel the pure essence that is Eartha Kitt.

15. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

Dorothy was ahead of her time and quite frankly paved the way for so many black actresses in Hollywood by being the first to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She’s a legend. As for a collection, think timeless and refined.

14. LUCILLE BALL

This legendary red-headed iconic comedian won her way into the hearts of millions with her knack for trouble, hunger for stardom and her friendship with Ethel Mertz as Lucy Ricardo on I Love Lucy. And who can forget that crimson pout? Every woman needs a red shade of lipstick in her beauty collection that’ll make a man bow down at her feet.

13. ELIZABETH TAYLOR:

Elizabeth had the uncanny ability to capture millions of hearts on and off screen. Her style was the epitome of old Hollywood glamour. From her dramatic eyeliner to her ruby red lipstick, her beauty never went unnoticed. A beauty palette channeling Cleopatra would certainly be a head turner.

MAC Collabs Animated Vixens

 

ANIMATED VIXENS

12. STORM

Hell hath no fury like a woman named Storm. A force of nature to be reckoned with, X-Men’s leading lady is a triple threat. She’s a queen, one of the first black female superheros and has the ability to give Mother Nature a run for her money. A Fall/Winter collaboration filled with lots of metallic, silver, deep red and black hues would help us to create that icy cold look this shero has been rocking for decades.

11. JESSICA RABBIT

Jessica’s the hottest animated Vixen to ever appear in a cartoon with her voluptuous assets, crimson beauty and sashay that makes men weak. We’d love to recreate her well-defined high brow and her sultry red pout. Roger that!

10. PRINCESS TIANA

Sure, MAC has released a Venomous Villains collection with Disney but what about the Princesses? A haute collaboration featuring Disney’s first ever African American princess is something our heart desires. A signature eyeliner to create Princess Tiana’s effortless cat eye is a must-have in our beauty collection.

9. Daisy Duck

This feisty duck never misses a step. Between throwing parties with Minnie Mouse, keeping Donald hot on his toes and being a faithful participant in her favorite extreme sport of shopping, her style and beauty regime is always up to par. She’s the queen of batting lashes to get what she wants. We’re craving her voluminous lashes ourselves.

MAC Collabs TV

 

TV CHARACTERS

8. OLIVIA POPE OF SCANDAL

She’s powerful, fearless, stylish and has absolutely no filter when it comes to expressing her thoughts. Olivia’s ability to "fix" things intrigues us to say the least. Combine her wit and style with some beauty know-how and you have yet another force to be reckoned with.

7. BLAIR WALDORF & SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN OF GOSSIP GIRL

The Upper East Side just couldn’t any better than Serena and Blair’s rocky but ever-lasting, scandal-filled friendship. And with the popular series in its final season this year, we desire a B&S-inspired beauty collection to add to our GG vault of memories.

6. DIONNE & CHER OF CLUELESS

It’s been a little over a decade since the timeless high school film graced our TV screens, but Cher and Dionne’s influence on pop culture still reigns with their style and sassy one-liners. As if you weren’t aware! They were the original It girls of 90’s tween era. Reprising it in the form of 90's-inspired nail lacquers, lip-glosses and eye shadows will bring out the decade old It girl in us all.

5. KHADIJAH, SYNCLAIRE, MAXINE and REGINE OF LIVING SINGLE

In a 90’s kind of world, before Sex in the City, Single Ladies, Girlfriends and Friends, there was a group of women who were tight like glu and the epitome of the modern-day woman. The cultural influence of the half-hour series and the friendships that transcended into the forementioned shows and beyond deserves homage in the form of a beauty collection complete with natural hues and subtle shades perfect for the Millennial woman.

MAC Collabs Athletes

 

FEMALE ATHLETES

4. GABRIELLE DOUGLAS

At the age of 16, she’s accomplished more than some ever will in a lifetime by making history as the first African American woman and gymnast to win individual all-around champion in the Olympics. And she isn’t quite done yet. A gold Olympian-inspired collection highlighting this young hero’s accomplishments in the form of golden themed beauty products would be more than coveted.

3. VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS

These tennis Grand Slam phenoms are more than women--they’re wonder women. Just when we think they can’t get any better, they prove us wrong time and time again, defeat after defeat, on the courts and beyond. Serena’s fabulous Glam Slam Collection with OPI would be nothing compared to a haute duo collection with her sister for MAC with products named after championships each woman has under her belt.

2. LISA LESLIE

A pioneer of and one of the top players in the history of the WBNA, Lisa Leslie is proof that the girls are just as good as the boys. She’s paved the way for many women who love to dribble the ball. She also has a modeling career under her belt of accomplishments. A beauty collection paying homage to sports legend and motivational speaker’s accomplishments comes well deserved.

1. LAILA ALI

Being the daughter of a heavy weight champion of the world is one thing, but Laila Ali has paved her own path with an able to hold her weight as the light heavy weight star of her own limelight all on her own. A TKO collection filled with natural palettes is what we crave.

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