Review | Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin


In Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin presents the reader with the transformative power of makeup not with rules. Aucoin's philosophy - wear makeup that makes you feel good about yourself - is one of the most rewarding elements of the book.

The personal themes elevate Making Faces to much more than a picture book (although it certainly qualifies, with 200 colour photos and sketches). I particularly enjoyed the makeovers of his two sisters - the passion and understanding that Aucoin brings to his work is only heightened by his gratitude for their roles in his life.

Kevyn Aucoin was perhaps best known for his contouring (I still want to try his sculpting powder). He also focuses on each part of the face - lips, eyes, and so on.


The final chapter is my favourite - it's a collection of celebrities transformed into iconic characters such as the Chanteuse, the Bombshell, the Siren, and many more, including the following...

Nicole Kidman as the Ingenue. 


Lisa Marie Presley as the Bombshell.


Gwyneth Paltrow as the Enigma.


This book probably isn't ideal for makeup beginners because not every look has detailed step-by-step photos. Truthfully, some finesse is needed to recreate the more exotic looks (masking your eyebrow for the very thin arch with the Vamp look, for example).

The personal stories, empowering philosophy and simply stunning photos in Making Faces are so inspiring that I haven't tired of flipping through the pages, studying each of the looks. I hope to purchase his two other books, Face Forward and The Art of Makeup, in the future.

Making Faces is available on Amazon. Read my reviews of beauty books by Sali Hughes and Bobbi Brown - I've been having lots of fun learning about the ideas and opinions of different makeup artists.


Have you read Making Faces
Do you use any makeup by Kevyn Aucoin?