Kevyn Aucoin: Awakening of Beauty

In the 1980s and 90s, Kevyn Aucoin was responsible for the history-making looks of celebrities such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Madonna, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell. Welcome to Artist Spotlight #1 series on my blog.

He published a number of books throughout his career, two of which are the most popular: Making Faces and Face Forward. These books are widely introduced to makeup artists as the basics for every step of makeup application; focusing on enhancing the natural beauty of individuals, as well as a lot of tips on sculpting, eyeshadow techniques, and more. Personally, I find myself reading through these books over and over again all the time – they’re very informative and the sketches and images are breathtaking.

Kevyn Aucoin had his first Vogue shoot opportunity in the 1980s, which skyrocketed his career exponentially in the next two decades. He started his own makeup line Kevyn Aucoin Beauty in 2001, which still exists and has many industry staple products. He focused on every detail possible in his products and wanted to deliver his passion for makeup and beauty to his audience. His legacy will continue to live on, after his death in 2002.

Many following makeup artists strived to achieve his level of success, but few came close. His dedication and an innovative mind were a force to be reckoned with, every time delivering jaw-dropping looks with unprecedented techniques. It’s safe to say he’s one of the few that shaped the beauty sphere we all know today.

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