I’ve been obsessed with makeup since I was a little Starlet.  I’ve always seen it as a beautiful artistic outlet.  So when I was in high school and I stumbled across The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin, I knew I needed it in my life….

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The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin Review

The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin Review

At the time, I had no idea who Kevyn Aucoin was, but when I opened the pages of The Art of Makeup I knew I had to know more.  I devoured this book.  Like Carrie Bradshaw once famously said about buying Vogue instead of dinner, “I found it feed me more.”… side note, I believe that was the Sex and the City episode where Kevyn Aucoin made a cameo.

The Art of Makeup was Kevyn’s first book.  I have all of them, and I’ll be reviewing each, but I wanted to start at the beginning with his first.

First of all, this book only comes in paperback, which can be a bummer for some hard core collectors.  It’s the size of a coffee table book, with gorgeous images to boot, but I know some would prefer decorative books in hard cover.

This book gives an glimpse into the mind of a legendary makeup artist who was gone too soon.  It’s more like a brief intro than a full on biography.

This goes for the makeup as well.  Each type of makeup has a chance to shine, but there is no in depth information… just amazing images.

We also get a few makeup application tips, some makeup looks by era, and a quick glimpse at Kevyn’s legendary makeovers.  But nothing to involved.

Then comes the portraits.  These are pure inspiration.  Its a collection of famous faces that Kevyn has made up.  I can’t tell you how many times I tried to recreate the look he gave Naomi Campbell, which is Bombshell all the way.

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This book is was inspirational to me in so many ways.  However, it’s not his best book.  The two books that followed were much more detailed and informative.  I think of this book as the appetizer to his 3 course meal of makeup inspiration.

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re a makeup junkie like me, or you’re into 90s supermodels and style, and you can get your hands on a copy, then HELL YES!

If you’re looking for more of a book of makeup tutorials, then I’d look for Kevyn’s other books…which I’ll be reviewing soon, so stay tuned.

Have you read The Art of Makeup by Kevyn Aucoin?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If there are any makeup/beauty related books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

…and speaking of gorgeous models, here’s a video from Mode Media with tips for model off duty hair…

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  • Eloise Maoudj-Riley

    I have a Cindy Crawford make up book that I bought in the mid 90’s when I started wearing a little make up for high school dances… they always provide great tips so you don’t go out in the world looking like a crazy clown. I’ll have to see about this book you’re talking about : )

    • Yes, these kind of books are life changing when you’re first learning how to do makeup!!

  • Shauna C

    This looks like a super fun book! Love the photos!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Shauna C

    This looks like a super fun book! Love the photos!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Pastors Wife

    Beautiful book. Thanks Sarah. I’ve learned so much from you.