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It is the weekend! Man did this week just fly by! I know I say that a lot, but think about it, we’re in the middle of July, middle of the year, and it seemed like yesterday that we were barely going into Summer. This iconic Makeup Artist was loved and admired by many, many, many people in the industry as well as out. A short lived life, but it was full of life. He left a legacy in which many of us now look up to and try to achieve the greatness that he was.
Of course I’m talking about none other than the late great Kevyn Aucoin
He began his career in Lafayette, Louisiana and in 1983 he decided to take a Greyhound bus to New York City with his portfolio and resume and nothing else that would give him an “in” in the industry other than his work. The stars were aligned for him and had an opportunity to meet with Vogue and his legacy started. Then he started working with Steven Meisel on sets for high fashion shoots and at couture shows.
By the end of the 80s he was already a makeup legend, doing makeup for magazine covers with models but also had the opportunity to work with Cher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Janet Jackson. He was responsible for Julia Robert’s brow, Gwyneth’s glow and Audrey’s eyes. He started playing with makeup with his little sister by the age of 11 when his sister was only 6 years old. At that age he was trying recreate the work of makeup artist Way Bandy
At age eleven, it was about controlling my environment. It was like ‘Let’s make pretend that everything is pretty, that everything is all right’
In 1988 he created The Nakeds, his line of natural-toned cosmetics for Ultima II and it becomes a huge success! By 1992 he’s fully booked for fashion week and is on the go! Then writes Face Forward and Making Faces and by 2001 launches kevynaucoin.com and his cosmetics line which sales reach $15,000 in only two hours.
In May of 2002 he passes away due to acetaminophen toxicity due to all of the pain killers that he was taking due to his pituitary tumor.
A media darling and loved by everyone, he left a legacy of art and beauty that was unprecedented. Inspired many makeup artists now, his work is just iconic. Ahead of his time, he’s an example of what real passion and hard work with determination can achieve. Truly missed, his work lives on through each of us as we’ve all been inspired by his work one way or another and we may not have been even aware of it. On his website you can buy all of his makeup and makeup brushes here and they are amazing as well!