Kevyn Aucoin | Keeping the Legendary Makeup Artist’s Spirit Alive

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The beloved Kevyn Aucoin still is the most influential makeup artist in the world, even though he has transitioned to the other side decades ago. Most beauty artists and makeup enthusiasts have a special place in their hearts that define what Kevyn means to their unique beauty journey.

Kevyn’s legendary book titled ‘Making Faces’ sparked an intrigue and a newfound dream as a teen in the 90’s, to one day become a celebrity and fashion beauty artist, not only for myself, but for many makeup and hair artists around the globe.

His life felt so glamorous as he painted the faces of the most profound celebrities and supermodels in the 20th century. His loyal high profile clientele included Cher, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, and Tina Turner. The connection and praise from his A-list clients earned him a well deserved industry icon status that is unmatched to this day.

Dive into our Kevyn Aucoin shopping guide, learn about his legacy with our fast facts and browse our ever-evolving Kevyn Aucoin mood board as we share intimate behind the scenes moments to keep his spirit alive. Explore so much more Kevyn Aucoin imagery on Documentary Beauty’s Pinterest Mood Board.

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Kevyn Aucoin Fast Facts

What is the documentary about Kevyn Aucoin?

Luckily for us, there are two documentaries to dive deep into the the life of industry icon Kevyn Aucoin. Check out the two trailers here.

Watch the official trailer for Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

Larger Than Life The Kevyn Aucoin Story Official Trailer

Watch the official trailer for Kevyn Aucoin Beauty and the Beast in Me

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty and the Beast in Me Official Trailer

Why was Kevyn Aucoin famous?

A-list celebrities, musicians and supermodels of his time were very loyal clients who loved Kevyn Aucoin because his makeup artistry skills were above average. His successful books helped to elevate him from makeup artist to industry icon.

What was Kevyn Aucoin’s philosophy?

Aucoin’s philosophy was that every woman is beautiful within, and makeup was simply his tool for helping her discover that beauty. Kevyn wrote about his philosophy in a regular column for Allure Magazine.

Who is the mother of Kevyn Aucoin?

Born to a teenage mother, Kevyn Aucoin was adopted as an infant by his mother, Thelma Aucoin and father Adrian. Aucoin eventually found his birth mother Nelda Mae Williams, though a healthy relationship didn’t manifest.

When and where was Kevyn Aucoin born?

American Kevyn James Aucoin was born on Valentine’s Day February 14th, 1962 in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana.

How do you pronounce the last name Aucoin?

Aucoin is pronounced (oak-wan).

When did Kevyn Aucoin move to New York City?

In 1983, Kevyn Aucoin and his boyfriend turned agent, Jed Root, sold their car and with very little money moved to New York CIty to pursue a career as a makeup artist. Shortly after, Aucoin’s makeup work was seen regularly on VOGUE covers as he teamed up with legendary fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

Who was Kevyn Aucoin’s husband?

Kevyn Aucoin and Jeremy Antunes married in 2000 in Hawaii, though the same-sex marriage was not legally recognized at that time. The unofficial ceremony took place after they dated for approximately 1 year.

How old was Kevyn Aucoin when he died?

Makeup icon Kevyn Aucoin died at age 40 on May 7, 2002.

How did Kevyn Aucoin pass away?

Kevyn Aucoin passed away due to acetaminophen toxicity caused by prescription painkillers which caused kidney and liver failure, which took place at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York on May 7th, 2002. Kevyn was diagnosed with a rare pituitary tumor in September 2001 causing severe headaches and back pain which was the cause of why he used the pain medication.

Who inherited the Kevyn Aucoin estate?

Aucoin’s estate went to his adoptive parents Adrian and Thelma Aucoin in Louisiana.

When did Kevyn Aucoin Beauty launch?

Kevyn Aucoin launched his own brand in 2001 called Kevyn Aucoin Beauty.

Is Kevyn Aucoin Beauty cruelty free?

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty states the following regarding cruelty free practices, “We can verify that we do not test our products on animals, nor do we commission any third parties to perform testing of our products or ingredients on animals”.

Who is Kevyn Aucoin Beauty owned by?

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty was bought out on Mar 14, 2015 Manzanita Capital.

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Kayla MiChele is a celebrity and fashion beauty artist who is interviewed in the pages of Vogue Italia featuring her as top talent in the world. Her work is in prestigious editorials from Harper’s Bazaar to W to Vogue with clients for fashion brands ranging from Tom Ford to Chanel. Kayla's beauty expert collaborations include indie clean beauty brands to leading cosmetic brands Estée Lauder to L'Oréal. She began her career assisting hair stylist Guido Palau backstage at fashion shows from Louis Vuitton to Marc Jacobs. Since then, she has worked with top models and iconic artists including Vanessa Hudgens, A$AP Rocky, Jared Leto, Joan Smalls, Hailey Bieber, and Gigi Hadid.

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