Kevyn Aucoin (1962-2002) was a trailblazing American make-up artist, photographer and author.
In the 1990s, he defined the “sculpted” look for celebrities like Whitney Houston, Madonna and Naomi Campbell.
Aucoin introduced mainstream techniques like facial contouring, previously limited to drag and stage makeup.
Recognized as a visionary in his field, he authored several groundbreaking makeup books.
Born in Louisiana, Aucoin was adopted and showed an early interest in makeup, photographing his work.
Facing challenges like theft and bullying, he acknowledged his sexuality at a young age. Persistent homophobia in Louisiana led to a violent incident, pushing him to relocate to New York City with boyfriend Jed Root.
Here are some of the famous quotes by Kevyn Aucoin.
Best Kevyn Aucoin Quotes
I understood early that beauty was power. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Perfection is boring. If a face doesn’t have mistakes, it’s nothing. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
I spent much of my life hiding. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
There are no rules when it comes to makeup! ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Makeup should be fun, not fascist. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
I never went wrong by being myself. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Glamour is not self-conscious; it’s not trying really hard. It’s just expressing your own truth. I think that’s what the essence of glamour really is – expressing your uniqueness. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Top Kevyn Aucoin Quotes
Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul, and sometimes even in myself. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Beauty has a lot to do with character. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
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. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
No amount of makeup can mask an ugly heart. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
If you want to look your best, be creative, try some new ideas, and have fun doing it. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
The future belongs to those with open minds and open hearts, who can appreciate beauty in all its forms. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Soon I realized that if beauty equaled forgiveness, I was never going to be forgiven. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
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. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Famous Kevyn Aucoin Quotes
Everyone is beautiful to someone. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
It’s our hearts and brains that we should exercise more often. You can put on all the makeup you want, but it won’t make your soul pretty. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Audrey had an angelic quality about her. She didn’t act like she was better than everyone, she just had a presence, an energy, a sort of light coming from within her that was overwhelming. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can’t put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you’re doing it from a position of correction. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Popular Kevyn Aucoin Quotes
Trying to conceal the fact that I was a gay, effeminate, hyperactive, adopted child with a serious lisp in southern Louisiana would have been like trying to hide Dolly Parton in a string bikini! ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
I don’t use ‘always do this,’ ‘never say that’ and I never give advice because I’m not the end-all, be-all authority. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
I’m very passionate about what I do. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
I think the responsibility lies with the fashion world as a collective. We have to demand more variety. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
The fact is, there really is no such thing as ‘normal’ – everybody’s different, and that is the essence of their beauty. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
It is the free spirited men and women that we most admire and often envy – those individuals who dare to be themselves. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. ~ Kevyn Aucoin.
So these were the 30+ top Kevyn Aucoin quotes on fashion, makeup and life.