The World of Kevyn Aucoin

His Work


The World of Kevyn Aucoin

His Work

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Unzipped. Dir. Douglas Keeve. Hachette Filipacchi FilmsMiramax Films, 1995.

“[Kevyn emerged] against the backdrop of all that ’80s glitz, all that glossy goop in fuchsia on the lips. In 1984, women were lining their eyes with blue pencil and coating their lashes with green mascara. Kevyn's gentle treatment… was positively outrageous at the time.”

–Linda WellsEditor-in-chief Allure
Photo of Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue
Photo of Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue

In 1986, Kevyn’s work caught the eye
of legendary photographer Richard Avedon.

Together they created this image for Vogue,
Cindy Crawford’s first cover for the magazine.

“It was such a big deal for both of us. We worked together a lot after that. If I worked five days in a week, three or four of them were with Kevyn.”

–Cindy Crawford
Cover of Vogue August 1986
Quote: Diamond, Kerry (2003). Kevyn Aucoin a beautiful life. New York: Atria Books. (pg. 76)
Photo by Richard Avedon. Vogue. August 1986.

From 1986 on, Kevyn was booked non-stop and created numerous
covers for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, and more.

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Mizrahi, Isaac. "Remembering Kevyn Aucoin." New York Magazine. Date Month Year Published. Web. 5/20/2002.

“[Kevyn] always did the makeup for my shows. He was painstaking and treated every face as a specific project. Even though he would have three or four assistants, the models would line up to wait for him personally. Naomi Campbell would not set one foot upon the catwalk until Kevyn had had his way with her.”

–Isaac Mizrahi

In 1994, Kevyn Aucoin won the prestigious CFDA Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

He is the only makeup artist to have received that honor.

in memory of

Kevyn Aucoin


Beautylish would like to thank
the Aucoin family

The information and imagery in this story were
primarily sourced from the following books:

Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin

(2000, Little, Brown and Company)

Making Faces, by Kevyn Aucoin

(1997, Little, Brown and Company)

The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin

(1996, HarperCollins/Callaway Editions)

Kevyn Aucoin: A Beautiful Life by Kerry Diamond

(2003, Atria)