Kevyn Aucoin: Playing Dress Up With Makeup

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Kevyn Aucoin was Hollywood’s maestro of the painted face. He created a series of fantastic make-over-makeup jobs, transforming today’s celebrities into former screen idols. See the pictures above?  On the left is Gwyneth Paltrow and on the right is the real deal – Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde. Pretty good, right?

It may not be the traditional thing we think of as art – yet it is. Any woman (or drag queen)  out there, knows there is a real artistry to applying makeup and Kevyn had it down. Before his early death in 2002 (of an overdose) he produced two books full of his tips and expertise, Making Faces and Face Forward, along with many of his reinvented painted ladies.

Kevyn Aucoin books

Perfection is boring. If a face doesn’t have mistakes, it’s nothing.  - Kevyn Aucoin

“It was as if he could tap into your spirit and transform you into your dream.” - Model Amber Valletta

From Winona Ryder as Elizabeth Taylor – to Martha Stewart as Veronica Lake (yes, Martha Stewart! ),  the  flawless images below speak for themselves.

Martha Stewart as Veronica Lake


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Isabella Rosselini as Alla Nazimova



Calista Flockhart as Audrey Hepburn



Gena Rowlands as Ava Gardner



Courtney Love as Jean Harlow


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