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3 posts tagged "Kevyn Aucoin Beauty"

Now Showing: The Brilliant Mind and Makeup of Kevyn Aucoin



Though makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin passed away nearly twelve years ago, his lasting legacy in the beauty industry—not least of which includes his namesake cosmetics brand—remains untouched. To celebrate Aucoin’s enduring influence, Makeup Show (now in its sixth year in Los Angeles) is debuting the first ever Makeup Show Icon Gallery, providing a rare glimpse into the mind and makeup of Aucoin. The face painter’s professional hallmarks are vast (his ability to craft a flawless canvas and define his subject’s features is still marveled at today), but his body of work was far more robust than many ever imagined. “We try to find artists from different industries that [impact] the makeup industry, those who are known even outside the beauty [world],” show owner Shelly Taggar explained. “He was a person that was not only that talented in makeup, but he was a photographer, a poet, a painter.”

From handwritten notes to personal Polaroids to original color swatches for his line, the curated collection of nearly 65 pieces reveals never-before-seen glimpses into Aucoin’s personal and professional life. It also documents his work with famous faces including Janet Jackson, Cindy Crawford, Cher, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Makeup Show, March 1-2, California Market Center, 110 East Ninth Street, Los Angeles, CA;

Photo: Courtesy of Dusti Cunningham

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty’s Blood-Rose-Colored Glasses


Everyone has a nail-polish range these days. What was once a specialty market in a sea of cosmetics has become an essential line extension, not just for beauty companies but fashion companies as well (Kate Spade, Eres, and American Apparel are just a few clothing brands that have capitalized on the past three years of collective lacquer love). But Kevyn Aucoin Beauty has remained curiously polish-free, even as nail hysteria effectively sank in, and while the late makeup genius’ namesake range finally joins the varnish game this month, it includes just a single limited-edition product, in a refreshing change of pace. Introducing: Kevyn Aucoin The Nail Lacquer in Blood Roses. Inspired by the face painter’s favorite color, the sleek glass bottle encases a creamy deep berry plum polish with a black base. No kitschy texturizers, stickers, or 3-D appliqués here; just pure, beautiful—dare we say, timeless—nail color. Even in an increasingly saturated market, there’s surprisingly not enough of that to go around these days.

Photo: Courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

Freja Does Bare-Faced Beach Beauty


Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams swear by makeup artist and Stila founder Jeanine Lobell’s steady hand for their red-carpet cameos. But since it was announced last year that Lobell was to become the chief creative director of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, we’ve seen little of the famed face painter’s work in her new role. Enter Vogue Japan, which got Lobell to showcase a whole lot of it for a July beauty supplement starring a fresh-faced Freja Beha Erichsen and standouts from the Kevyn Aucoin line. True to her signature style, Lobell kept her focus mostly on the skin, buffing a totally flawless bronzed finish onto Erichsen’s complexion and doing little else, save for some smudged black mascara and a paled-out pout. Turns out you don’t need fluorescent lips and tips to do summer beauty right. We’re psyched to see what kind of compacts and skin finishers Lobell dreams up for her full-scale KAB debut—whenever that may be.

Photo: Alasdair McLellan for Vogue Japan, July 2011