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The Art of Makeup Hardcover – November, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060171863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060171865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11.5 x 14.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kevyn Aucoin came to New York in 1983 and less than a year later was booked with Steven Meisel for his first Vogue cover. He has more covers to his credit than any other makeup artist, and is the recipient of the first-ever CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Award for makeup artistry. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This book is amazing I highly recommend it to everyone who loves makeup!
Blane11
If you are a professional makeup artist, beauty/fashion photographer, model, or makeup maven, this is definitely the book to own.
MDiva
As a practical matter, there are application techniques ranging from basic to advanced covered in the book.
Joan Reynlds

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

139 of 150 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is really the Art of make up. It doesn't give you step-by-step instructions for applications. It has great pictures of celebrities and autobiographical text by Aucoin. I thought it would help me learn more about make- up applications. I guess I wanted a face map. The pictures are great and he is an artist, but I didn't learn much from the book, other than some history on Kevin Aucoin...
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I HIGHLY recommend this book. It has been on my make-up table since it first came out. The instructions are clear, the discussions about color,texture and application are down-to-earth and easily understood. Lots of fun to read,too. Kevin comes across as a really nice person who is passionate about his art. Cured me of my make-up phobia permanently.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Thompson-Minor on December 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
If Picasso had written a book ÒThe art of paintingÓ would anyone buy the book and think they could paint like Picasso, or would you have purchased the book to read about how a genius learned and practiced his craft? KevynÕs first book ÒThe Art of MakeupÓ is about the art of the craft had how Kevyn (and his mentors and predecessors) elevated putting on facepaint to an artform. As a freelance makeup artist I appreciated the book as a celebration of makeup and not a how to manual. Fortunately, KevynÕs second book ÒMaking FacesÓ is more of a makeup 101
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to get good ideas for doing make-overs, and I was a bit disappointed. I recommend Kevin's other book, "Making Faces" if you're looking for real cosmetic help. It's much more thorough in guiding you through your make-up application. This one only proved to be useful if you're interested in Kevin's relationships and experiences with the celebrities he's worked on. Large, beautiful pictures though!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MDiva on September 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I have followed Aucoin's work very closely, and as a professional makeup artist, I can say that he has picked up the brush where Way Bandy put it down. If you are a professional makeup artist, beauty/fashion photographer, model, or makeup maven, this is definitely the book to own. It has page after page of some of the industry's most sought-after faces, captured wearing some of Aucoin's best artwork. The makeup styles transcend time, yet he does manage to associate certain "looks" with specific decades. Besides supermodels, actresses and other famous faces, the book also includes faces that represent the "real" woman--including an astonishing makeover for his mother. Laid out in traditional coffee-table book style, the book is also a tremendous resource. There are a few step-by-step makeups, as well as a generous helping of tips, tricks and pointers. In addition to the stunning photography, the book is also pleasant to read. There is his wonderful "how I made it" story, as well as personal stories about encounters with his rich and famous "canvases". There is a down-to-earth quality that emanates from the words, and this was confirmed when I got the chance to meet Kevyn personally during a book signing. He's not only a tremendously talented makeup artist, but a fantastic person as well
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on June 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
More for the aspiring makeup artist than the layperson. Good, but not a lot of everyday, practical information for the career woman. More for special occasions or specialized techniques. Lots of beautiful pictures featuring famous people made up in different styles.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bea Schmier on April 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kevyn Aucoin is truly THE MASTER of make up. I have learned so many techniques, do's and don't s that it is truly unbelievable. Once you open this book you are summerged into his wonderful world of creativity and art. You see how he is able to transform the looks of wonderful women and make the best of them by applying makeup correctly, taking you step by step, teaching you this and how to create different looks and styles for different occasions.
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53 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Does not show you techniques rather it just shows pictures! After buying this book- I was very disappointed since I thought it will show me makeup tips and tricks, rather it just shows displays of women's faces. You will waste your money on purchasing this book.
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More 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 NewYork City. Kevyn Aucoin passed away in May 2002.


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