Afraid to buy makeup, he would shoplift it. The guilt of stealing and fear of getting caught made him stop. He enrolled in beauty school and had hoped to learn more about applying makeup, but ended up teaching the class instead. But the women were uncomfortable with a man doing their makeup. Aucoin and his friends opted for the security office, where they were beaten by security personnel. Fearing for his life, he decided to move to New York City with his then-boyfriend Jed Root who sometimes posed as his manager to begin his career.
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I was home from school, sick or probably pretending to be sick and this amazingly tall, smiley man was on the Oprah show, doing makeovers. His name stuck in my head because it was so unusual - I wrote it down and kept coming across it for years after.
When I saw his name on makeup products a few years ago, I remembered him, and wanted to find out what he had been doing. Sadly, I discovered that he had passed away in This book, written after his tragically early death, contains stories and anecdotes from people who worked with him and loved him. It has hundreds of beautiful pictures of Kevyn and all the actresses and models he made up.
Everyone who worked with him loved him - some of the stories made me cry. It has a strong message - be yourself. Gwyneth, pink dress, Oscars - Kevyn. Britney Spears first album cover - Kevyn. His makeup has been described as "bulletproof", he had only one goal when doing makeup - not to transform, but to make you feel beautiful.
His message was "seeing the beautiful in everyone and everything". If you are, however, interested in makeup or cosmetics and want to read about one of the people who took it from a cover-up to an art form, then this is the book for you.