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"Larger Than Life" shines a light on influential makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin

April 15, 2018   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers


In the ’80s and ’90s, makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin amplified the beauty of glamorous celebrities, Hollywood actresses, and flawless supermodels. Sadly, he passed away in 2002 at the age of 40, leaving behind an undeniable legacy and legions of heartbroken fans.

These admirers include Tiffany Bartok. The actress and makeup artist considers Aucoin her “biggest inspiration,” which explains why she was a natural to direct a documentary on his life and work, “Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story.”

“Kevyn was an incredible makeup artist, without question,” she says. “But, more than that, he was an incredible man. And he was human: He had struggles, fears, and weaknesses that he strived to rise above every day. I think people are surprised to see that side of Kevyn, and strangely comforted by it.”

“Larger Than Life” features testimonials from famous clients—including Tori Amos, Kate Moss, Cher, and Naomi Campbell—spliced with footage of Aucoin’s life, including “hilarious” videos that Bartok says reveal him to be “a maverick creative force.”

Given the caliber of commentary, one of her biggest challenges involved choosing which stories and observations to include, and which ones needed to be left on the proverbial cutting-room floor.

“There is a lot more to Kevyn than just the ability to do great makeup,” Bartok says. “There are more levels to his personality, his struggle, his activism, and his humanity than one person could ever fit in 102 minutes.”

Above all, when people watch the film, Bartok wants Aucoin’s humanity and generosity to resonate.

“Kevyn thought everyone with a beautiful heart was beautiful,” she says. “His only job was to help everyone see their own true beauty. And he succeeded in [doing] that on a superior level.”

—Annie Zaleski

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Related Screenings:
04/13/18 @ 1:25 PM – Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story
04/14/18 @ 5:05 PM – Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story
04/15/18 @ 10:15 AM – Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

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