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Face Forward

Face Forward

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by Kevyn Aucoin

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Once again Kevyn Aucoin astonishes with his incredible transformations of famous and ordinary people alike. In this new book, he demonstrates how anyone can have a variety of different "faces." Working with a whole new cast of famous faces, he turns Celine Dion, Julianne Moore, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez, and many others into their most beautiful,


Once again Kevyn Aucoin astonishes with his incredible transformations of famous and ordinary people alike. In this new book, he demonstrates how anyone can have a variety of different "faces." Working with a whole new cast of famous faces, he turns Celine Dion, Julianne Moore, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez, and many others into their most beautiful, glamorous, and intriguing selves. For each and every face, he provides step-by-step instructions and illustrations that will make them easy to reproduce at home. With this gorgeous and practical book, anyone can face forward to the new millennium with confidence and style.* Making Faces has sold 350,000 copies in hardcover and 83,000 copies in paperback. * Kevyn Aucoin is indisputably the best-known makeup artist today. He writes a monthly column for Allure. * Just like Making Faces, Face Forward will be a gorgeously produced book with jaw-dropping photographs by Kevyn Aucoin himself.

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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.

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Face Forward

By Kevyn Aucoin

Back Bay Books

Copyright © 2000 Kevyn Aucoin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-28705-9


I have a confession to make: My entire mission in life is to help women take over the world. Not by force (the route so many men have taken since the beginning of time), but with compassion, perseverance, and love. Don't get me wrong, there are some men in power who regard emotion not as a weakness but as a strength, and who view prejudice in any form as unacceptable. Nor do I fault men alone for the generally unhealthy state of our society. Both sexes have contributed equally. However, I do believe women have a greater capacity for championing diversity, and an unlimited threshold for understanding the human condition.

When I first moved to New York City in the early 1980s, the popular political ideology at the time was based on a fifties fantasy world that conservative elitists often refer to as the "good old days." Remember, this period was a time when blacks had no civil rights, women were expected to be housewives or mistresses, and other racial and religious minorities-including lesbians and gays-were completely invisible. The eighties conservative movement echoed the McCarthyist ideal of "us against them." Even beauty "authorities" got into the game of upholding separatism in the name of unity. Regardless of the intention, terms like "ethnic," "Latino," or "global" beauty (which were in reality just ways to categorize someone as third world) still only amounted to mere labels. In the nineties, the first heroic attempt at true inclusion began, but we still had to deal with individuals obsessed with keeping the system in place. Desperate souls, afraid of sharing power, used gossip, innuendo, meddling, and dishonesty to create an atmosphere of negativity and fear. Fear is the most debilitating emotion in the world, and it can keep you from ever truly knowing yourself and others-its adverse effects can no longer be overlooked or underestimated. Fear breeds hatred, and hatred has the power to destroy everything in its path.

While traveling around the world, I've had the opportunity to work, with every living beauty icon. I've learned to appreciate idiosyncrasy. The fact is, there is really no such thing as "normal"-everybody's, different, and that is the essence of their beauty. To forgive yourself your differences and cherish them instead is incredibly liberating. I Appreciating (even highlighting) individuality is one of the great things about makeup. However politically correct we've become, so much of our culture-whether it's the politicians, the media, or our own ethnic group-either overtly or covertly perpetuates the idea that different is bad, and that otherness is something to be feared. That fear breeds alienation and self-loathing, which isn't good for anyone. So if you cannot embrace the inevitability and beauty of a unified world, you may have to live out the remainder of your life in a cave atop some remote mountain. Remember, conservative means withholding and liberal means generosity. It's pretty self-explanatory.

To me, beauty is beauty, no matter to whom you are referring. In Face Forward, while I do address specific (and general) issues relating to facial structure, skin color, and skin texture, you will not see any single group of people separated and placed together under one banner. There are no segregated sections on Asians, blacks, Latinos, whites, seniors, teens, straights, or gays. (For that matter, you won't see any exclusive chapters on right-or left-wing beauty either!) The point is for anyone, no matter who, to be able to use every page in this book as a source of information and inspiration. No more class systems, no more types, no more barriers.

In this book I wanted to explore the entire range of beauty, including its past, present, and future. Tori Amos examines her Cherokee heritage as well as her Scottish roots; Lucy Liu goes from earth to wind to fire; Amber Valetta reveals her feminine and masculine sides; and Mary J. Bilge exposes her vulnerability first before taking off into outer space. The fun continues with Gwyneth Paltrow playing a glam gun moll and an unexpected fifties screen icon, while Julianne Moore's perfect facial symmetry melts seamlessly into an incarnation of sixties mod, then does a startling about-face that leads into the next horizon. From the cover, which represents the disintegration of racial lines, to its appreciation of all ages, races, sizes, and sexualities, to the concept that individuals have the right to alter their own bodies in any manner they see fit-whether in skin tone, facial features, or sexual identity-Face Forward is my idealized vision of a world of beauty that knows no boundaries and follows no rules.

They say that normally only 10 percent of the human brain is ever used. I believe this is often true of our hearts and spirits as well. Yet it is the free-spirited women and men whom we most admire and often envy-those individuals who dare to be themselves. As you read through this book get ready to hear a lot of praise. Everyone was chosen because of their hearts and souls, as well as their exteriors. These are people who are helping to change our social and emotional landscape. I believe that we are here on this planet to make the most of what we've got and who we are, and contribute to the world so it's a little bit better when we leave it. I'm not saying that putting on makeup will change the world or even your life, but it can be a first step in learning things about yourself you may never have discovered otherwise. At worst, you could make a big mess and have a good laugh. Well, as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Take a chance, have some fun, and enjoy the rest of the book.


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Face Forward 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevyn Aucoin *is* Make-Up. The transformations are amazing, the steps easy to follow, & his spirit runs rampant all throughout. I have nothing but enormous amounts of respect for this man. He is missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The pictures are beautiful and explanations are very easy to follow. The book inspired me to try some of the looks on myself and friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevyn Aucoin is my idol. The directions in all of his books are simple to follow and the looks are easy to achieve. He also gives a wide variety of looks, and doesn't just concentrate on models. You definitely NEED this book.
InannaJ More than 1 year ago
Inspiring, Beautiful, Fun, Original, Simply Amazing. A must have for both makeup artists and for those who dabble. 
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Janee_Luvz_Books More than 1 year ago
This book is so0o0o informative! This make up artist knew exactly what to do with skin. No matter what race or skin color you are he has, the solution. He said that each look would go well on anyone, as it did! I regret to inform you of his passing. He is missed by many, but I hope he is an angel in Paradise as he was here on Earth!!! He also had a cameo on Sex and the City. (The covergirls are a splitscreen of Supermodels Amber Valetta and Kiara Kabukuri! Amazing how they look the same right?) Yes, he embraced diversity! That's what made him so0o successful in his field. It's packed with his favorite celebrities and transformations that only Kevyn could've pulled off. The book itself is kinda long in physical length. Place this on your coffee table to entertain guests or in your library whenever you need inspiration!
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this book is great for anyone who wants to know anything about make-up. It's wildly entertaining and easy to follow. major props to Mr. Aucoin.
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this magazine shows you a fun and atractive way to wear your make up and show you how hte stars wear their. so if your looking to atract someone special or if you just want to look hot read the magazine and you'll never look dull again.
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I received Face Forward as a Christmas gift last year. It is a fascinatng book. I love makeup and I had always wanted to know how the stars got their makeup to look so original and flattering. This book is full of pictures of stars including the type of makeup usd on each. I especially enjoyed the makeovers done to ordinary people. They ended up looking so beautiful. I really highly recommend this book if you are interested in how the stars look the way they do or how to create a new you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has actually changed my life... I love it.. Kevin Aucoin is truely an artist.. I love putting on make-up anyway but he believes in the same thing I do, MAKE-UP IS GOOD!!! All women need this book, well maybe not because then we would all be beautiful, LOL... It is on my coffee table now and will be till his next one comes out, then I'll put it with his first one.. close by in the bookshelf for helpful tips...;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book but only for the true makeup addict. If you don't wear much makeup or have any experience you won't be able to recreate the looks. This book was perfect for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Kevyn is a very talented man. I could only dream of him doing my makeup. He shows you that everyone is beautiful no matter the makeup.
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This book is awsome for people like me who want a ton of different looks for going out. With the step-by-step procedures anyone can do the different faces. TIP: sometimes you can mix features from the different faces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the book was really great and gave me some really neat tricks that I can really use!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 16 and someday hope to be a make-up artist and for me, this book is perfect! Kevin Aucoin, in both this and his other book, give the reader and easy-to-follow guide to flawless make-up along with some witty and touching stories of the people he works with. He is an inspiration and a role model. (I was so happy to see him on an episode of Sex and the City). This book is a must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all three of Kevins books and I am amazed. I Signed a modeling contract and can only pray that someday I get to work with such a talented man. Each book gets better and more interseting. I cant wait for another and I really do hope that some day I can work with kevin. He is amazing. I have never seen such magic worked on the canvas of a human face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tHE BEST BOOK EVER -I fell in love with Kevyn when his first book 'THE ART OF MAKE-UP' came out and then with ' MAKING FACES' his second masterpiece! FACE FORWARD is pure genius-Bobbi will never learn! More power to you Kevyn!! WE LOVE you !!!!!!!!!!!