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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (Sept. 2 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316286850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316286855
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 1.5 x 30.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The faces that Kevyn Aucoin has made are stellar and luminous: Cher, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, and Julia Roberts are but a few of the stars in Aucoin's galaxy of clientele. More than making do, making up is the art of achieving your own special look, and Aucoin insists that there are no hard and fast rules--except for the obvious ones, such as "Don't put lipstick in your eye."

The first section offers, in his own words, Aucoin's favorite ideas, tricks, and techniques for enhancing, defining, and altering facial features with makeup. You'll learn how to care for your skin, what foundation to use with your skin type, and transformational magic for that central player in the drama of beauty: eyes. Through his gallery of noncelebrity before-and-afters, Aucoin shows clearly how to use his fundamentals to achieve dozens of different looks.

The gorgeous final chapter reads like a list of exotic characters in a play--the Vamp, the Siren, the Diva.... In fact, such celebrities as Isabella Rosselini, Demi Moore, and Nicole Kidman pose as these dramatic, splendidly made-up characters. These sumptuous photographs are accompanied by full-page illustrations listing the "ingredients" required to create these looks as well as simple directions for achieving them. The introduction by the author, at once amusing and endearing ("...trying to conceal the fact that I was a gay, effeminate, hyperactive, adopted child with a serious lisp in southern Louisiana would have been like trying to hide Dolly Parton in a string bikini!"), and Aucoin's commentary throughout, makes Making Faces a unique reference book--beautiful, informative, and personal. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kevyn Aucoin's faces appeared in editorial features, fashion shows, music videos, and advertising campaigns as well as on the covers of virtually every major magazine. He was a guest on many television programs, including Oprah , the Today show, Good Morning America , VH-I's Fashion Television , MTV's House of Style and Entertainment Tonight . His client roster read like a Who's Who of the entertainment world's elite: this list included Sharon Stone, Whitney Houston, Linda Evangelista, Mary Tyler Moore, Cindy Crawford, Elizabeth Hurley and Bette Midler, among many, many others. Along with the numerous accolades he received is a special award from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), the first and only time such an honor was bestowed on a makeup artist. The author of the bestselling book The Art of Makeup , resided in New York City. Kevyn Aucoin passed away in May 2002.


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Format: Paperback
I love playing with new looks and colors and this book is the perfect tool on how to make it easy and fun while getting professional looking results. It will help you discover exciting new looks you never dreamed of and the full potential of every makeup tool you own. The instructions on how to accomplish every look in the book are clearly illustrated step-by-step, making them extremely easy to follow. The advice given by the author comes alive with his own funny anecdotes on discovering and experimenting with makeup.
This book is extremely well organized into three sections. The first one covers the basics of what you need to know about each part of your face, how to apply makeup to each, which tools to use and how to enhance and get the most benefit from your strongest features. The second one shows you makeovers done on ordinary people that look like you and me. It includes before and after pictures that show the impact of well-applied makeup on every kind of skin and color combination. The third section is the most impressive part of the book. It shows known celebrities made up like other celebrities that have established iconic looks over the years. (Look for Lisa Marie-Presley as Marilyn Monroe and Isabella Rosellini as Barbra Streisand).
This book also includes a few male makeup techniques, from the conservative (using concealer and powder) to the adventurous (using eyeliner and eyeshadow) to the extremist (using everything from powder and blush to lipstick and a wig).
Although there are three or four extreme looks in this book that I don't think I will ever try, all of the rest can be applied just as they are or with slight modifications.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of those books you buy on Amazon because of the high recommendations and appreciate for the amazing illustrations as well as the information within. The makeover transformations of celebrities is astounding, especially when you realize that it doesn't really matter how you look without makeup, but that you can look fabulous with the right application. Kevyn Aucion uses color and style, rather than specific cosmetics, to create whatever personna he sees for each woman. A great "picture book" and an excellent reference!
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Format: Paperback
I own this book and Face Forward and I love them both. Both books are filled with beautiful pictures of beautiful people - most are celebrities but some are regular folk, just like you and me - and the way he's able to transform these everyday people is inspiring. Having said that, I wouldn't recommend this book as a learning tool if you are unfamiliar with makeup. I find that in many of his descriptions of the look, he has missed steps. Also, much of the makeup in both his books is theatrical and not really for the every day look. That's not to say they can't be tweaked but I have found that over the years, the more I've learned about makeup, the more useful this book as been but I didn't find it particularly helpful in teaching me about makeup.
It is a beautiful coffee table book and it's fun to flip through the pages with friends and talk about the looks (and dream of achieving them). There are better 'teaching' books out there but there are few more inspiring than Aucoin's.
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Format: Hardcover
Kevyn Aucoin is a genius. He's inspired me so much with his unique talent and amazing artwork. He is able to glam up anyone, turn men into women, turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, bring back faces from the past, as fresh and young as they once were, and add shadow, texture, and non-existent features. There has never been anyone in makeup more dedicated, driven and talented than Aucoin. The books he wrote immortalize his work, and even if you are not into makeup, this book is more than worth a look, because of the sheer artistic approach that Aucoin has to makeup.
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Format: Paperback
I got this book as a gift some years ago and it has helped me out in all my HOW TO beauty needs so far. I sure wish I had this guy in my closet just to pull him out on those days when I wanted to totally chage my look. What he can do is amazing.
Sadly to say he passed away but his talent lives on in this book. If your new to makeup you may want to start with a simpler book.
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Très bon livre, une bonne référence à avoir! C'est des trucs indémodable, par contre j'aurais aimé en savoir plus sur les maquillages pour les films HD et ce livre est malheureusement trop vieux.
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This is THE essential guide to make-up. It includes all the basics and then demonstrates how you combine these into the most amazing faces. From beginner to expert you need this book. I have owned this book for years and it is well loved. So much so that this year I bought a copy for my niece and she loves it too.
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By A Customer on May 25 2004
Format: Paperback
out of all of Kevyn's make up books I consider this one his best because it is the most basic. it gives the reader lots of background about his childhood and his close relationship with his sister. Kevyn passed away a year ago suddenly... but through this book we are all able to see what a caring, creative and generous man he was. Not only is it an ennjoyable read, (his stories are always heartwarming) but also a very useful and easy to read guide on the complex world of beauty.
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