Make-up Artist and Long-time Oprah Friend Dies

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Of Oprah’s famed favorites, perhaps one of her most vital was key makeup artist, Ross Burton. Sadly, the Emmy-nominated cosmetics connoisseur passed away today. The Michigan native commenced his career with the goal of becoming an actor (the camera would have adored his chiseled cheekbones), but instead he established himself in another industry of dramatic flashing lights—the biz of makeup artistry.

Burton began his beauty career at the Lancôme fragrance counter in the Macy’s Herald Square store and rose rapidly within the company, becoming vice president of artistry programs and artistic director. There, he trained the brand’s makeup artists, as well. His initial intro to O came courtesy of Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King. She discovered Burton and asked him to work with her and the talk show titan. Since 2007, he traveled with Oprah to such far-flung exotic locales as Turkey, Australia, and South Africa, among others.

In addition to Winfrey’s winsome visage, Burton’s wielded his blush brush onto the celebrated contoured cheeks of such entertainment empresses as Natalie Cole, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, and Lauryn Hill. He had also recently headlined Nordstrom’s popular Beauty Trend show, where he introduced new products to the grooming-geared masses. His focus was on bringing beauty to women everywhere by teaching them about tools, tips, and tricks in his style forums, magazine contributions, and partnerships with brands such as YSL Beauté and Philosophy.

NaturallyMoi sends our thoughts to his friends, family, and those who were able to work with the supreme talent.




  1. Gia

    December 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    This is so sad to hear. Do you know what he passed away from? Was he sick? May he rest in peace.

  2. Carolyn

    December 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    So sorry to hear this news, too see black folk living there dreams means so much for me!

  3. Destitute American

    December 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    From complications to pneumonia, to answer some of your question…

  4. corbin56

    December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Oh please, you can look at him and pretty much guess at an 88 percentage what he died from.

  5. Ruby from NJ

    December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Why corbin56! You are a genius! A trained medical professional would not be able to state definitively why some one died simply by looking at a photo of the deceased. You are amazing!

  6. Barbara

    December 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Do you mean AIDS?

  7. Lorraine turner

    December 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    First, I offer my prayers and condolences to mr. Burton and family. Secondly, when we will ever learn not to be so insensitive to decease loved ones by ALWAYS stating negative comments. Lets show compassion and remember, one day you will be in those same shoes ….. God bless al

    • Sheila Hightower-Allen

      December 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Amen to that, Lorraine!

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