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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
The bestselling author of Making Faces and everybody's best friend returns with another lavish makeup book. In Face Forward, Kevyn Aucoin employs all of his pals to show how makeup can give everyone a variety of different "faces."
This extravagant book stars talents such as Amy Sedaris and Mary J. Blige; glamour divas Elizabeth Hurley, Sharon Stone, and Madonna; as well as strivers Winona Ryder and Jewel. The "Everywoman" isn't neglected either. Aucoin's lush pages give attention to a Bergdorf's sales associate and his colleague's mother, proving beauty is not just for Hollywood.
Most fun in this book is the section entitled "Dimensions," wherein familiar faces are transformed into memorable visages from the past. There are quite a few extraordinary ones, and upon even closer inspection of these pages, one is still bewildered by Aucoin's dexterity with his makeup brush. Most notable of those transformations are: Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis; Amber Valetta as both Clark Gable and Carole Lombard; Martha Stewart as Veronica Lake; Gena Rowlands as Ava Gardner; Gwyneth Paltrow as James Dean; Gina Gershon as Sophia Loren; Hilary Swank as Raquel Welch; Sedaris as Angie Dickinson; and Alex Peruzzi as Linda Evangelista.