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Unless you live in a cave (no offense to cave dwellers intended), you have probably heard of Kevyn Aucoin. He was one of the most talented makeup artists to have ever lived. I know, that sounds like a grandiose statement, but it’s true. The man was truly a legend in the industry. His ability to take a woman’s own beauty and enhance it (sometimes even transform it), rather than mask it, is what made him stand out. To quote the man himself:
I want people to say; she looks beautiful, not her makeup looks beautiful.
With a career spanning twenty years, Kevyn Aucoin was sought after by magazines, celebrities, and even other brands for his input and expertise. He was truly gifted in his craft. If you doubt that statement, I highly suggest you take a gander at one of his best-selling books Making Faces, where he takes today’s celebrities and transforms them into the glamorous women of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Check out this compilation of some of the best. And take a guess who is shown here as Veronica Lake!
In Sept. 2001, less than a year before his untimely death, he debuted his eponymous line, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty. There was quite a bit of buzz about Aucoin’s legacy continuing in his own luxury beauty brand. Today, we’re exploring two of his fabulous lipstick formulas. The Expert Lip Tint was Aucoin’s first lipstick collection; very light in texture, yet richly pigmented and long-lasting, with a faint scent of roses. And The Rouge Hommage line; more sheer and shimmery formulations with a consistency closely resembling a balm, a slight mint-scent and a natural plumping ingredient.
I looked to The Expert Lip Tint in my quest for a sheer, everyday red. I discovered Dantique, a very wearable, sheer red that manages to flatter every skintone and any coloring. It was love at first swipe. This is probably one of the most recommended shades I give my friends, especially those who are afraid of red. It has a great impact, yet somehow remains subtle.
Soon after, I added Bloodroses, a vampy, blood red that can be applied lightly for everyday wear as a stain or with a heavier hand for instant drama. I’ll usually apply this with a lip brush and then blot it down and the color lasts from morning until bedtime. This shade is not for the faint of heart! (And it’s also hard to find these days. So if you see it, I suggest you snatch it up while you can! ~Stef)
Wanting a pinker red, I then fell for Enchantaberry, a deep berry shade that wears like a lovely “just bitten” stain that lasts all day. With a rosy blush (I’d recommend Kevyn Aucoin’s cream blush in Bliss), this creates a really lovely, romantic look. (Again, hard to find…we’re getting nervous here ~wht)
From there, I’ve added Leaharia, a pink beige that is probably the most gorgeous pink nude I’ve ever worn. I’m very pale and most nudes make me look washed out, but this one is so pigmented and rich, I find myself wearing it more than I imagined. It is the perfect neutral.
My all-time favorite Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Expert Tint lipstick is Sucara, a multi-dimensional, shimmering bronze-pink shade that is so different and lovely, I have yet to find a duplicate or equal in any other brand. It’s one of my top 5, “Can’t do without” lipsticks. In fact, if I was only allowed to keep one of my lipsticks, this would be the winner. This is high praise, folks!
Out of The Rouge Hommage lipsticks, I only have one shade out of the available eight, Heartbreaker, which is a sheer, shimmery copper pink shade. Thanks to the ingredient sodium hyaluronate, this lipstick plumps up my lips and makes them look fuller without giving me the allergic reaction that many plumping ingredients produce on me. The color is very natural, a “my lips but SO much better” shade that I reach for when I want just a hint of color to brighten my face. I’m already clamoring to add more Rouge Hommage shades to my collection.
Is anybody else out there a fan of Kevyn Aucoin? Does anyone share my mild-to-moderate obsession with his lipsticks? And does anyone know why these were on clearance at Sephora and are becoming harder and harder to find? Please tell us their not shutting their beauty doors!
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