Beneath the Surface

Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin is a wizard with lipstick. Just don't get him started on the N.R.A.

Kevyn Aucoin has never wielded an implement more menacing than a wand of mascara, yet this past summer, the fashion world's pre-eminent makeup artist found himself dueling with some well-armed opponents. In his monthly column for the beauty magazine Allure, in which he typically dispenses a mixture of grooming tips and inspirational aphorisms, Aucoin took a swipe at the National Rifle Association: "Everyone knows me and sports are like the N.R.A. and intelligence--it's an oxymoron (and boy, are they morons)." The resulting volume of mail suggests there are a lot of people who subscribe to both a strict interpretation of the...

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