Kevin Aucoin came onto the beauty scene, impacted it tremendously and then left unexpectedly…
Sixteen years after his death, a documentary has finally emerged on the makeup artist titled ‘Larger than Life’. Released yesterday July 31, 2018, the documentary aims to recognize the well-deserved influence Aucoin had on beauty in the Eighties and Nineties.
In the documentary, we get a first-hand account of the artist by some of the industry’s greatest influencers. As far-ranging as Cher, Naomi Campbell, Isaac Mizrahi and Isabella Rossellini all giving their two cents worth on working with Kevin Aucoin. What started off as mission impossible, with Aucoin growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana as a gay makeup artist turned into a short yet hugely impactful success story. In retrospect it may be said that the difficulties, abuse and struggles he faced in his native town forced him to move to NYC where he found true fame and fortune.
Since being discovered by Vogue in 1984, Kevin created more than 35 Vogue and Cosmopolitan covers. The most important of those was for Cindy Crawford in 1886. Kevin’s work with legendary makeup company Revlon was to many where the contouring revolution started. His skillful eye transforming all the rosy foundation shades, pastel shadows and lipsticks to more nude tones. In 2001 Kevin Aucoin created his eponymous makeup brand, only to pass of a prescription drug overdose a year late.
The artist who commanded more than $6000 per makeup session in the Nineties was never able to overcome his own demons despite his motto which he often shared. Kevin believed that it was far more important to help a woman feel beautiful no matter what, and that makeup was simply a tool for helping her discover herself. Unfortunately he was never able to convince himself of the same..
“That’s why I began doing makeup in the first place: I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me.”