If you are a professional in the makeup industry, you might already know quite a bit about Kevyn Aucoin, the inspiring trend-setter of the beauty world that tragically passed away in 2002.
Whether you’re a super fan or just getting introduced to the fascinating history of the makeup industry, Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story will change how you view your work.
Here are five ways that this new documentary will transform your next beauty conference, makeup workshop, or team meeting, through Kevyn Aucoin’s inspirational and meaningful journey to the top of the fashion world.
1). The film historicizes the surprising origin of many hot and current beauty trends.
Skinny eyebrows, contour, false eyelashes, and nude palettes. Believe it or not, all of these trends were cooked up in Kevyn’s mind or boldly brought back into style through his influence. Regardless of what anyone said about his work, Kevyn was constantly pushing the boundaries of what was “acceptable” in the industry. He worked outside of the box and was never afraid to be daring with his stylistic choices.
When Sandy Linter spoke about his use of nudes for Vogue, she said “The makeup was natural, but with a bit of a twist. I don’t know how he twisted it, that’s his secret.”
2). The film grants exclusive access into the personal life of your favorite makeup icon.
Not only do you get to witness Kevyn’s triumphs, but the film also dives into his many struggles and efforts to make it to the top of the beauty world. Sometimes tragic and other times endearing, Kevyn’s early years inform much of the rest of his life and show
an intimate portrayal of Kevyn’s life, from all angles and perspectives.
“It shows a side of Kevyn I never knew about, it shows the whole man and makes me love him even more," says Kate Moss
3). It will inspire you to achieve your dreams in the industry, just like Kevyn.
Kevyn was brave, colorful, and innovative in an industry that was just beginning to take off. His trends are still being modified and used to this day! If a young and lanky kid from Louisiana can create such a unique stamp on the makeup industry, his story will prove that you can too.
4). You get a first-hand look at the history and excitement of the initial makeup boom in the late 1970s.
According to Sandy Linter, in New York City in the late 1970s, “people were not makeup artists then. There was 5. I was one of 5.”
It’s interesting and useful to hear the vast perspectives of the makeup-artist pioneers considering just how much the industry has advanced since then. The film includes interviews from notorious professionals Linda Wells, Polly Mellen, and
Isaac Mizrahi to weigh in on this history.
5). Perhaps most importantly, Kevyn Aucoin will remind you that beauty is not singular; it is diverse and variable.
One of Kevyn’s most pressing dreams was to make it known that beauty should not be considered as one standard. Because of this commitment, he constantly challenged assumptions of gender, traditional methods of using cosmetics, and conceptions of who “should be” on magazine covers.
“By doing Liza (Minnelli), it was challenging an assumption about a big magazine and what the media considered beautiful… she was not in the typical assumption of age or beauty," says Linda Wells, founder of Allure Magazine
And, from Kevyn directly?
“I have been working towards acceptance of diversity in this business because I don’t believe that beauty is one person, you know, at Vogue magazine or any bit magazine.”
Kevyn’s remarkable legacy & story is essential for both beauty professionals and those interested in the industry. His contributions to the fashion world are insurmountable and his dedication to widening standards of beauty is inspirational, and still necessary in the world of beauty today.
If you are interested in showing Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story at your next cosmetology event or makeup conference, please click below to learn more about the film or feel free to give us a call at (732) 321-0711 for more information.
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