photoshoots: Kevyn Aucoin transformations

Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin (1962–2002) was a famous American makeup artist and photographer.

He was born in Louisiana and moved to New York where he was discovered by Vogue in the early 1980s. Between 1987 and 1989 he did nine Vogue covers in a row, and an additional seven Cosmopolitan covers At his peak he would often be booked months in advance and could command as much as $6000 for a makeup session, working with hundreds of A-list celebrities. In 1993 he was hired by Revlon as Creative Director for their prestige Ultima II line of cosmetics.

During the 1990s he published a series of books (The Art of Makeup, Making Faces, and Face Forward) in which he transformed models and celebrities to make them look like other celebrities or historical figures.

In 2001 he was diagnosed with a rare pituitary tumor and died in 2002.

The transformations

Andie MacDowell channels Anna May Wong.

Gena Rowlands channels Madame Butterfly.

Tori Amos: Kevyn Aucoin transformed Tori Amos into Ton’ingina, a cherokee with tan skin and long brown hair. This was one of two images of Tori Amos intended to ‘focus attention on her multi-ethnic background’ which included both Scots and Cherokee ancestry – the second image portrayed her as Mary, Queen of Scots.