We are so pleased to share the He’s So Violet: Kevyn Aucoin feature that just launched on The Violet Files today. This left us breathless. It is one of the best summaries we’ve seen of who Kevyn was, and what he stood for. He was loved by all those who worked with him! Here’s a sample of the article, with more after the jump.
Inciting conversation about the late, great makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin rustles emotions over a decade in the making. “I loved him as a person and a talent,” Barbra Streisand told VIOLET GREY. “He was a trailblazer,” adds Nicole Kidman. Amber Valletta shares the same sentiment: “I feel honored to have had his big, gentle hands on my face and be touched by his generous spirit,” she says about the warmhearted artist who, at 6 feet 4 inches, towered over even the lankiest supermodels.
One could argue that Kevyn was the most influential makeup artist to grace the glossy magazines, and the Hollywood personalities who filled their pages, with his wide range of talents. He had both an uncanny ability to capture his clients’ unique beauty, and the skills to transform them, dramatically, into someone else entirely. Once they discovered the genuine, caring personality behind his talents, each of his clients (Cindy Crawford, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, Julia Roberts, and Gwyneth Paltrow) became a lifelong friend.
Kevyn was born and raised in rural Louisiana, a particularly inhospitable place for a gay man in the 1960’s whose talent and passion for makeup became clear long before he entered middle school. It could be said that those years shaped his unwavering compassion, acceptance and kindness toward everyone he met, whether they were a star or not. “Kevyn gave me a place to belong. I think that’s what he did for everyone. He gave everyone a safe place to be their true selves,” says Troy Surratt, a now in-demand makeup artist who assisted Kevyn for three years before the artist’s untimely passing in 2002. His legacy lives on in the form of a namesake cosmetics line established in 2001, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, three iconic beauty books, and countless memories and photos.
Giving is better than receiving. Make a few donations in the ol’ Karma bucket and save few a bucks in your wallet. When you buy 2 or more Footbar products to gift a friend, you’ll receive 20% off your overall purchase! And, hey, since you’re such a good friend we’ll even wrap it for you and let you take all the credit.
Photographer Jessica Zais captured the beautiful and intimate wedding of Sarah & Brett at their backyard wedding, followed by a reception at Quail’s Gate Winery. Sarah’s hair and makeup was done by Krista at CREAM Cooper.
Kevyn Aucoin, The Creamy Glow Duo in Pravella/Janelle, is featured in “Packing the Perfect Summer Beauty Travel Case” on Vogue.com
It’s been a good week for Kevyn Aucoin makeup. This week we spotted:
- Nicole Richie wearing Kevyn Aucoin on the cover of Paper Magazine
- Musician Cher Lloyd wearing Kevyn Aucoin makeup on her new album cover
- Celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson posted a photo of the Volume Mascara on Instagram
There’s even been a few good makeup tips and tricks you can learn from!
After a number of years proudly serving the West Kelowna area, we regret to announce that we’ll be closing the doors to CREAM West Kelowna on May 31st, 2014.
With the William R. Bennett bridge in place placating traffic between Kelowna and the Westside and our Madison location located along the Cultural District in Downtown Kelowna, we know we’ll be able to serve all your CREAMy needs in the future, and more. All this will mean we can provide better service in our two locations and as we expand to introduce the Okanagan’s very first Footbar and the custom, natural product line we’ve developed to pair with it.
Looking to follow your favourite CREAM Team member as they transition? Here’s where you’ll be able to find them come June!
Find Katie Hantula at CREAM Madison
Chris Pihl at CREAM Cooper
Beauty award season is upon us, and we’re honored to see Oribe recognized with so many accolades. Take a look at some of their most recent award-winners.
InStyle, May 2014
“Best Beauty Buys”
Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color took home the 2014 Best Beauty Buys award for Color-Treated Hair for the second year in a row. The shampoo and conditioner duo help preserve high-maintenance hues and look pretty in the shower. The editors at InStyle also love how Volumista delivers swingy sheets of “lustrous glamour hair” and awarded our weightless mist the prize for Best Volumizer.
Marie Claire, May 2014
“Beauty Prix d’Excellence”
This year marks the 28th anniversary of Marie Claire’s best-beauty-products-in-the-world awards. Soft Dry Conditioner Spray was awarded a Beauty Prix D’Excellence for its power to refresh and protect locks and fight frizz “superhero-style.”
Essence, May 2014
“Best Curl Definer”
Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse’s ability to define locks and defy frizz earned it the 2014 Essence Best in Black Beauty award for Best Curl Definer. Done and done.
TotalBeauty.com, April 2014
After months of testing, the editors at TotalBeauty.com narrowed down their favorites. Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse was named an Editors’ Pick and “king of the new class of mousses that leaves hair full, soft and silky.”
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer is featured in InStyle’s “Best Beauty Buys.”
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Liquid Lighting in Candlelight as a winner of the TotalBeauty 2014 Beauty Awards. Candlelight is featured in “And The Official 5th Annual TotalBeauty Winners Are…”
New Beauty magazine helps “Find The Perfect Color For Your Skin” and features Kevyn Aucoin Lip Gloss in Tammabelle.