When I was 16, I begged my mom to buy me Kevyn Aucoin’s “Making Faces” book. I don’t remember how I knew the book even existed … but I knew I wanted it badly. At $30 for the hardcover edition, it seemed like an absolute fortune for one single book. But, my mom gave in to my pleading eyes and got it for me.
If you’ve never read “Making Faces” or don’t know who Kevyn Aucoin is, here’s a quick debrief. Aucoin was an incredibly famous makeup artist who passed away in 2002. I won’t rehash his life (you can read about it on Wikipedia), but the bottom line is that this guy knew his stuff when it came to makeup. He authored a few books, but “Making Faces” is probably his most famous. It’s filled with instruction on how to create a variety of looks with makeup – from the most basic face to theatrical looks. His models include some incredibly famous women like Julia Roberts, Naomi Campbell, Janet Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Kate Moss, Tina Turner … basically it’s full of ridiculously beautiful women with amazing makeup.
I spent days pouring over that book, trying to replicate each and every look with my modest collection of makeup. I learned a lot about fundamentals during that time. In fact, it was the closest I’ve ever come to true makeup instruction … until just recently when I took my first real makeup instruction class.
The Career Academy of Beauty in Orange County offers free monthly makeup classes on a variety of topics. When I stumbled upon this information, I immediately got on their email list so I wouldn’t miss out on future classes. This month’s class – Concealing and Correcting – was a must.
Concealing is all about creating the illusion of flawless skin. If you already have flawless skin, lucky you! But I’d venture to guess that must of us have something we’d like to conceal on our face. My biggest issue is dark circles … and it’s getting worse the older I get. Apparently I’m not alone. Our instructor, Miss Jane, said that dark circles are usually the top concern of clients. And, as we age, our circulation gets worse around our eyes, which leads to darker circles. Given that this is a problem that plagues so many of us, I chose to focus this particular blog post on dark circles.Continue Reading…