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Logo TV Premieres Documentary About Trailblazing Makeup Artist Kevyn Aucoin

"I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me."

In the 1980s and ’90s, the career of makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin followed the trajectory of the supermodels he worked with—Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell. He was the most in-demand artist of the time, revolutionizing the industry by focusing on revealing natural beauty, rather than burying women in layers of products.

And he democratized glamour with regular appearances on House of Style as well as his seminal book Making Faces.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 2nd:  American make-up artist and photographer Kevyn Aucoin (1962 - 2002), left, applies make-up to  Canadian born supermodel Linda Evangelista, right, backstage at an Isaac Mizrahi fashion show on November 2, 1995 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
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Premiering September 14, the Logo documentary film Kevyn Aucoin: Beauty & the Beast in Me explores his life, art and legacy with never-before-seen personal footage, archival videos, and interviews with the stars who knew him best.
 

 
Even as Kevyn’s career was taking off, he was still struggling with self-esteem issues, having grown up bullied and rejected. “That’s why I began doing makeup in the first place,” he once said. “I was hoping that through helping people see the beauty in themselves, I could try and find it in me.”

Sadly, Aucoin died at age 40 in 2002, the victim of an undiagnosed pituitary tumor and a dependence on painkillers to manage his illness.

Also announced for Logo’s documentary slate is Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America.

Forbidden- Undocumented & Queer in Rural America
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Premiering August 3, the film profile Moises Serrano, an undocumented gay man living in North Carolina, working as an intersectional voice for his communities while trying to forge a safe and free future for himself. Directed by Tiffany Rhynard, Forbidden received Outfest’s Freedom Award in 2016.
 

 
Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America premieres August 3 at 9/8c on Logo, followed by Kevyn Aucoin: Beauty & the Beast in Me on September 14 at 9/8c.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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