Aucoin grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and was interested in makeup from the time he was a child. He explored his creativity by doing his sisters’ makeup then using a Polaroid to take pictures of the results.
He was frequently bullied at school, so dropped out and enrolled in beauty school. Hoping to learn more about makeup application, but instead he taught them.
In 1982, he to moved to New York City, and within a very short time was putting makup on test models for free to build up his protfolio - soon Vogue discovered him. Aucoin worked daily with Vogue photographer Steven Meisel, and within three years, his work was featured in the magazine 18 times.
In 1984, he collaborated on Revlon's Nakeds line, the first line based solely on skin tones. At the age of 21, Aucoin was named Creative Director Ultima II line of cosmetics. The New Nakeds resuscitated interest in the brand and help re-establish Ultima II as a viable competitor in the prestige arena. The New Nakeds embraced a radically different aesthetic than the norm. The producst were brown-based, neutral tones that were free of the pastel, vivid, or sparkly colors.
In 1986, his Vogue cover shoot with Cindy Crawford took his career in a new direction.
During 1987-89, he did nine Vogue covers in a row, and an seven Cosmopolitan covers. At his peak, he would often be booked months in advance and could command as much as $6,000 a makeup session.
Celebrity clients included: Cher, Liza Minnelli, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lisa Marie Presley, Courtney Love and Vanessa L. Williams.
He felt it was far more important to help a woman feel beautiful no matter what. Makeup was the tool he used to help women discover themselves. A proponent of the philosophy that every woman is beautiful within, he was one of the best-paid celebrity make-up artists in history.
In 2001, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty launched. He worked to design makeup for all skin tones. The idea was to empower a woman by revealing her natural beauty, and not to cover her up with layers of product.
Aucoin died on May 7, 2002 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York of kidney and liver failure.
Kevyn leaves behind a legacy of work featured in Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, “The Art of Makeup”, “All About Makeup”, “Making Faces” and “Face Forward”.
Each compact comes with five shades that allow you to highlight, contour, and define the eyes as never before.
Made-to-match shades for your lids. These gorgeous, enhancing eyeshadows are formulated to compliment each other and your face for eyes that wow. Five different shades are packaged together in a mirrored compact and come with three sponge tools and one brush for flawless application.
Provides maximum coverage to hide imperfections, compliment skin tone, and to create a flawless canvas. This versatile skin-perfecting enhancer gives you a youthful, dewy complexion. This is a multi-tasking product: concealer, highlighter or all-over foundation.
Apply with the fingers, or our concealer brush for any desired finish.
Great for all skin types
Uses crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver to give you a natural-looking glow.
Color: Tropical Day and Tropical Night
Multi-purpose powder bronzer that combines hints of gold, copper and warm pigments to create a boost of radiance.
Use to bronze, highlight and sculpt. Micro-milled crystal pigments highlight while deeper warm tones sculpt the face. The specially formulated shades allow for versatility for use on face or eyes. Nylon-enhanced formula allows for a flawless application.
Make lashes appear larger and fuller. Apply mascara, allow it to dry, then use The Eyelash Curler.
Red silicone pad contrasts eyelashes to see more easily. A few pumps transforms lashes into fuller sexier lashes.
Slim pencil with a smudge tip for blending and control. Achieve a classic, subtle look, line only the upper lid and blend. Added definition, line the entire eye. Use black for a dramatic look, brown for a softer appearance and makes blue eyes pop, and accentuates green and hazel.
Forms the lashes into a delicate curl with a uniquely styled brush that simplifies application. The groundbreaking formula shrinks to the lash, gently curling it. The slim brush reaches all lashes. No clumping or flaking.
Separates and defines each lash. Brush doesn't miss a lash. Does not clump or flake. Smudge resistant and long wearing; Adds length and volume; Unique brush makes application effortless.
Delivers glamorous lashes. Delivers the look of two coats of mascara in one easy application.
Defines, lengthens and curls
Reveals full, radiant color perfection for your lips in an ultra-moisturizing formula.
Stays bright and lasts for hours. Moisture-rich for softer, plumper lips; use alone for a fresh look or top with lip gloss for a playful look. Contains a "wild mango" fruit butter that has ultra-healing and moisturizing properties proven through tests to repair damaged lips.
A hybrid lip color that leaves lips baby soft with maximum color and an innovative satin finish. Amazing color payoff and long wearing. Semi-matte velvet finish.