November 2002

Making Faces

Little, Brown & Company

  • 1271 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York , NY

An Extraordinary Makeup Designer...

Kevyn Aucoin"s abc Making Faces xyz is not one of those books that can easily be judged by the standard of other makeup books. One may expect to find a run of the mill "how-to" on applying makeup, but this is not the case with Aucoin"s book. If you are familiar with the artist — and he is an artist — you will know that his attitude towards makeup is to beautify, not to cover up. It is this attitude of accentuating and highlighting a person"s features that makes his book an interesting read. He is never demanding nor does he try to set beauty standards. Aucoin continuously assures his readers that there are no rules when it comes to beauty and that your imagination is the only limit.

The book is worth picking up if only to browse through the amazing photos. It is divided into three sections that are all wonderfully illustrated with color photos of celebrities, Aucoin"s family, and people from the street. abc Making Faces xyz covers skin preparation, shaping facial features, shading and contouring and different looks from neutral to glamorous. "A Gathering" showcases Aucoin"s magic touch when it comes to transforming individuals from plain or pretty into extraordinary and striking. His final section, "Great Looks," is an avant-garde make-up artists dream: beautiful looks that include The Vamp, Flapper, Bombshell, Diva, Anarchist, Exotique, Minimalist and everything in between.

Unfortunately, Aucoin passed away earlier this year, but we are fortunate that he left behind a series of books that changed the faces of men and women into works of art. Faces were his canvas and through his work we learn that inner beauty shines through everything we do. His life is a story of inspiration to create and appreciate the beauty that is in all of us.

Reviewer: Diana Valdez, FIDM Library Staff Member, O.C.