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Services held locally for Oprah’s makeup artist

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Services were held Monday morning in Guthrie for celebrity makeup artist Roscoe “Ross” Burton. The Emmy-nominated cosmetics connoisseur may have been best known as Oprah Winfrey’s key makeup artist.

Ross BurtonBurton, 46, passed away Dec. 2  at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City due to complications to pneumonia. The funeral was held at Faver High School under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home.

Although, Burton did not grow up in the Guthrie area, he had several family members in the area and would frequently visit them when his busy schedule would allow.

The Michigan native (born in Oklahoma City) began his beauty career with 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 Oprah came courtesy of Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King.

Burton began working with Oprah in  2007, he traveled all over the world with Oprah to places like Turkey, Australia, and South Africa, just to name a few.

Along with Oprah, Burton worked along the sides of Natalie Cole, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, and Lauryn Hill

Ross was born on February 7 to Roscoe and Beverly (Roper) Burton, Jr.

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  1. Shirley Chandler Anderson
    December 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I know the Ropers. What a terrible loss for this wonderful family. My prayers are with you.

    • Keith Hamlin
      December 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Roscoe and Beverly my prayers are with you and our entire family. Paula and I send our heart felt love.

  2. September 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

    My very sincere sympathy to the family. It was an honor to work with him as a freelancer for Lancome. Nancy Freedman

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