Cindy Crawford. Linda Evangelista. Naomi Campbell. These aren't just the names of iconic '90s supermodels; they're the women makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin prepped for the runways and also called friends. We have Aucoin to thank for the decade's most quintessential beauty techniques, many of which have come back around over the past few years, like contouring, overdrawn lips, and highlighter.
But the legendary maquillage master's work went beyond the fashion industry. Aucoin published three books—The Art of Makeup ($66), Making Faces ($16), and Face Forward ($17)—and worked with Hollywood's A-list women including Janet Jackson, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though Aucoin passed away in 2002, at 40, his legacy and impact in the beauty industry continue to live on through his namesake line. Now, actress and former makeup artist Tiffany Bartok is slated to direct a documentary about the outspoken makeup artist's life and career as well, titled Larger Than Life, the Kevyn Aucoin Story.
"I began my career in film as a makeup artist, and I met Kevyn while he was filming an episode of Sex and the City," Bartok tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I was a fan, and his work greatly inspired my own. As a filmmaker, researching his personal and professional life, I became fascinated by its layers and complexities. And how strongly those around him were affected by the loss of him."
The film will chronicle his life from a childhood in Louisiana to a booming career in the '90s and his crossover to Hollywood. Linda Wells once said he could transform anything with the brushes in his large, clever hands, and with the documentary, we'll all be able to see just how celebrated Aucoin was and still is.
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