Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The makeup world and humanity at large has lost a great person  Ross Burton makeup artist to THE Star (Oprah) has passed away.  I didn't know him well, just passing conversations at the shows but I always got nothing but a warm geniune vibe from the man. Greeted so lovely with his booming bass voice and that 1000 watt smile you felt instantly at ease.  My prayers and condolences to his family and friends. To his endless amouts of friends and admirers, be so happy that you knew this lovely man and called him friend. When the pain passes just remember his smile and your times with him and smile


BTS Sparkle the movie
this beautiful photo was taken
by makeup artist Marietta Carter Narcisse on the set of Sparkle

Ross Burton

UPDATE: Here is a link to on an article on Ross

All the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace — arise from beyond the mind"
Eckhart Tolle

"Sometimes the things that make u different...are the same things that make u beautiful... (Be an Individual, Be Yourself)"

From Ross Burton  Favorites Quotes on Facebook


  1. My sincere condolences goes out to his nearest and dearest.

  2. I've known Ross since 1999 and this has come to be a shock greater than I can have ever imagined. My heart aches and my heart is heavy. I just got out of the hospital with a leg injury and the last thing he asked me was everything okay? I said yes and asked how he was doing? He said I'm great! Ross I love you and I will miss you God needed you with him I assume because your job here on earth was done. You touched a many hearts and made many people feel beautiful and thanks for the kind words. My pal/buddy/friend/confidant is gone..

  3. So sad. I had the pleasure of working with Ross while I was working at Lancome. RIP Ross! Your gone too soon, along with your beautiful talent.

    1. Ross and I were friends when I first moved to NYC in !991...He always had a smile on his face and a zest for life.My heart goes out to his family and friends, I would like to thank his parents for sharing their great creation with the world.Job well done! You will be missed alot , but never forgotten, RIP my friend...Warren Smith

  4. I sit here and read all of your testimonies and I well up w tears. Like I said I didn't know him well but I can see by the outpouring from all over Facebook, Tweeter,etc this was a very special man. Please feel free to leave your comments I'd love to hear more about this amazing man RIP Ross

  5. Ross and I were friends for many years in Harlem, NYC. I was so proud of his many accomplishments as a MAKE-UP ARTIST. He was always a humble and caring person,,,,, Hey Ross !!!! When I walk by Fields Court.....I will always think of you !!!!!!!! RIP ROSS......LOVE, DARREN HARPER-

  6. Quentella Ellerbee-Ray
    My heart broke when I heard of the passing of Ross Burton. I grew up with Roscoe Burton "Ross Burton" in Michigan.
    He was one of my best friends since before high school, Cooley High School Class of 1984. He had a smile the would light up any room. His love of artistry, make up, modeling and people, made "Ross Burton" the great man and make up artist he was, he will truly be missed. My condolences to his family.

  7. Vivian Ellerbee - Det. MI
    My condolences to Mr. ans Mrs. Roscoe Burton Sr..
    Ross was my daughters best friend for many, many years through school and they also modeled together I never missed a show.
    Ross had such a beautiful smile and kind spirit about him. I always new he would succeed in whatever he tryed in life. He
    was a go-getter!!! LOVE...Vivian

  8. I took this photo of Ross and Carmen Ejogo on the set of Ebony Magazine cover photo shoot. He took me to dinner after the shoot and then we went by his place where I spent the night before catching an early morning flight back to Florida. We had so much fun talking into the wee hours of the morning. He came to Florida shortly after that shoot. My husband, son and I met him in south Beach for dinner. We had such a great and memorable evening. That was our last meeting together.
    I think of him every day.


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