I was interested in the creative process of arts and makeup in particular from a very young age. I remember watching my mother put on her makeup and carefully observing all her colorful pencils and eyeshadows and impatiently waiting for the day I could get my hands on them. That said, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup til I was 17 but it never stopped me from drawing my creations on paper…these days on professional makeup terms we call them “face charts” :)
It wasn’t however, until I discovered the creative genius that was Kevyn Aucoin that I knew makeup was what I was meant to do on a professional level.
Kevyn Aucoin was a young makeup artist who literally transformed makeup as we know it today. Using techniques from old Hollywood film sets and combining them with edgy modern day looks, Kevyn Aucoin was a visionary way ahead of his time. He worked with supermodels of the 90s, singers from Janet Jackson to Diana Ross to Tina Turner, actresses from Julia Roberts to Gwyneth Paltrow and the list goes on.
Unfortunately (and I still say this with a heavy heart) Kevyn passed away from a rare brain tumor in 2002 at age 40.
He was and still is my mentor and inspiration for why I started in this industry and I still look through his books for ideas. The whole contouring and highlighting craze we’ve been seeing in the past couple of years is what Kevyn was famous for and if you’re interested in makeup, especially on a professional level, I highly recommend you add Kevyn’s books to your collection as they’re practically “makeup bibles”.
Below are some of Kevyn’s incredible work and most are featured in his books with step by step instructions on techniques he uses; *see if you can pick out the actual celebrity before reading the captions:
Lisa Marie Presley as Marilyn Monroe – Calista Flockhart as Audrey Hepburn – Winona Ryder as Elizabeth Taylor – Gina Gershon and Sophia Loren
Gwyneth Paltrow as James Dean – Gwyneth Paltrow – Kate Moss – Isabella Rosellini as Barbara Streisand
Amber Valetta – BOTH as Clark Gable and Carol Lombard
Before he passed away, Kevyn was working on releasing his own cosmetics line. Although I often wonder how much better the makeup industry would be today if he had lived on, I’m glad his legacy continued on by people close to him, who shared his vision. Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics is one of the most highly regarded cosmetics brands with every single product within their line to be of utmost quality. And I’m happy to announce the Kevyn Aucoin line is now available at Sephora, which makes it even easier for a wider audience of consumers to experience and enjoy.
Here are my must-have Kevyn Aucoin products and books which I know you will love too: *click on pictures to purchase…
Sensual Skin Enhancer / Contour Book Sculpting Kit / Bronzing Veil / Celestial Skin Lightning / Making Faces Book / Face Forward Book