If you’re in desperate need of a beauty lesson your best bet is to turn to this all-in-one makeup go-to, the Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book. This includes the brands “cult following” most sought after products and step by step beauty tips on how to achieve some of his most iconic looks.
This magnetic book comes housed in a sleek black book cover with a mirror.
Chapter One // Contour ::: The contouring products are really what made me love this brand. I have a really hard time finding both contouring AND bronzing powders that work well for me. A lot of contour powders can look muddy and just overpower your makeup and so many bronzers can appear too orange and just…not cute. Know what I mean? I do not contour regularly and don’t even wear bronzer daily but when I do, it’s more than likely a Kevyn Aucoin product I’m reaching for. The powders are so finely milled, apply really subtly and blend out so easily. There is nothing worse than spending all that time prepping your skin, priming, applying foundation, concealer, setting powder etc. then applying a crappy bronzer that takes over everything and ruins your makeup. Never happens with these, they’re amazing. Candlelight is also one of the best highlighters I have. I’ve mentioned before, while glowing disco ball highlights are cool, they’re definitely not my thing. I like a subtle “lit from within” glow that looks natural and wearable everyday, and thats exactly what you’ll get from this sheer opalescent highlighter.
Chapter Two // Blush & Define ::: Out of the three palettes, this is my least favorite. I am a blush lover and these two just aren’t two colors I reach for often. They’re bright and pigmented and just more than I’m looking for on a everyday basis. I’ve been really into “natural” makeup lately and have been reaching for my super light “nude” peachy blushes a lot. Something I do enjoy in this palette is the black shadow. I never wear eyeliner on my upper eyelid, I find it closes off my eyes even more so and just doesn’t flatter me. However, I do take a small angled brush and apply the lightest amount of black eyeshadow along the outer portion of my eyelids to make them appear larger and this black shadow works really well for that. The dark brown & navy shades are great at adding more depth to any eyeshadow look and layer great with the eyeshadows in chapter #3.
Chapter Three // EmphasEYES ::: Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed when I first saw this. It looked very basic and light and just like it wasn’t going to make for a number of different looks. While it’s not a bold, in-your-face, bright palette – it is great for everyday use. With the exception of Blue Steel, every shade is very smooth, soft and applies very easily. Blue Steel is a bit chalkier and just takes a little more work to get the optimum color payoff. And I love that this isn’t a warm-toned palette which I feel like is what we’re seeing a lot of these last few months. Side note – when I’m in a pinch for time, using bronzer as an all over lid shade adds dimension and takes just a few seconds. And these eyeshadows layer beautifully right overtop of the bronzer if you try this technique!
While this isn’t my favorite product I’ve tried from Kevyn Aucoin (I’m still obsessing over the ElectroPop palette), I do think it’s the well-known high quality we expect from the brand. It is pricey but it does contain SO many different products so it’s justified! 😉
FYI ** As always, my reviews are not paid and are based on my own opinion, personal use and results.