Belinda Moss Makeup

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Belinda Moss is the THE makeup artist everyone wants.  For over 20 years she has been the number one choice for A-list celebrities, musical superstars and management types. Belinda is based in the New York City, Nashville Tennessee and Tampa Florida areas.

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Interview for "Broadway to Vegas"





Make up artist Belinda Moss



It's not very often that a person's resume includes a President of the United State and a pope. The resume of veteran New York based make-up artist Belinda Moss contains just that. It also contains a list of celebrity names long enough to be turned into wallpaper.

While celebrities walk the red carpets and bask in the spotlight, make-up artists and hairstylists usually stay out of sight and out of print. Their semi-anonymity helps preserve the glamour of show business - or politics - which is a form of show business.

Moss has been using other people's faces as her canvas for over 20 years. In 2012 she did the make-up for the presidential candidates debating on television. Those debates can make or break a candidate's election bid. Sometimes it isn't what they say, but how they look. Remember the debate - the one with John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon? 

The lesson learned: Don't ever minimize the importance of lighting and make-up. 

It's long been stated that one of the reasons JFK won the debate over Nixon was because of the lighting and Kennedy used a make-up artist while Nixon did not, causing him, on camera, to look tired and sweat.

For Moss' 2012 stint of painting, patting and powdering those taking part in the presidential debates, she not only needed makeup and brushes - Moss needed the proper clearances and security checks. 

"President Obama suggested me to do the pope since I have done him and I already have clearance," Moss told Broadway To Vegas referring to the September 2015 visit of Pope Francis. 

One man recommending a make-up artist to another man - a high profile version of 'who's your barber?'

If somebody clueless comments - "A president and a pope, that's a couple of references - got any others?" She does.

Tony Awards, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Elton John, Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical - Live television special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come TV Special documentary, Grammy Awards, The Sports Illustrated Special 2016, Michael Buble's Christmas Special on NBC, and on and on. 

For instance, consider how she spent that last couple of weeks.

For over 11 years she's done the make up for Sir Paul McCartney, including a session on March 21, 2018. "I was showing Paul how to use Mad Hippie skin products and he loved the Amika hairspray. . . . Elizabeth Arden for Nancy," she posted referring to Paul's wife. "Then Meryl Streep arrives so I left some products with her," including the same one which had been provided to Lady McCartney with Moss quipping, "Don’t tell Nancy."

Last Sunday, April 1, the modern, edgy, gritty Jesus Christ Superstar Live! aired on NBC. That meant that for the two week prior to the air date none other than the famed, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber was schlepping around New York doing promotional interviews. Following in his footsteps was Moss with her trusty makeup bag.

On March 28 she posted: "It was an honor to work side by side with Andrew for several weeks. He had Glenn Close with him talking about her play with him Sunset Boulevard. The next day it was all about John Legend!!!," was her excited comment about the star who played Jesus on Jesus Christ Superstar.

Promotional tours are necessary but can be tiring and sometimes you don't know what you'll experience.

Bad lighting can ruin the best of everything else.  

What does she do if she takes her client into a set where she knows the lighting isn't up to par?

"For bad lighting I try kindly ask the lighting person to bring down their key light," she explained to Broadway To Vegas. "Being kind goes a long way. Most lighting people know me, so they know I’m only trying to give everyone what they want. “Keep the client happy”.

There are some universal skin care rules.

"My main concern either for a woman or man is healthy, clean skin!! I prep their face first with Vitamin C Serum. I love Mario Badescu," she explained, adding that she lets the product "soak in and start painting my canvas. I never have been big on a “beat” face so I’m very light handed and bring out a glow. The Vitamin C helps and a small about of highlighter on the top of your cheeks.

"For more mature skin I use Youth Oil from L'Occitane which makes an amazing glow," she continued. "Always wash your face and use a fine scrub to get all the grime from the day - Mario has a good one. Also your skin care and makeup go on so smooth. It's all about your skin. I baby everyone's because that is really what people see first."

It's long been said that how a woman applies make-up to her face when she was 30 is exactly how she'll apply it when she's 70 - a look which might not be the most flattering on the red carpet. Do celebrities tell Moss what they want, whether it's appropriate or not? 

"Most celebrities let me do my thing," she answered. "I make their skin  amazing first; then the rest is what color lips. I usually ask what they are wearing and go from there. My style is not over done but always chic and classy, I let their eyes talk and not the makeup."

Advice for the ordinary person who doesn't have a make-up artist on call is: "always wash your makeup off at night and follow with more vitamin C and a nourishing night cream." Moss recommends "Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream at night and your skin will be luminous in the morning."


"She Loves Me"

It was such an honor to work with these Tony award winning stars of the play "She Loves Me"

We filmed the play for 3 days & on the 3rd day we made history & shot it LIVE while streaming it.

It was an amazing experience & the actors couldn't be more sweet.

Jane Krakowski from 30 Rock was hysterical !!

Laura Benanti won the Tony this year for lead actress in a role.

Gavin Creel & Zachary Levi made the ladies scream :) Tom McGowan, Byron Jennings, Peter Bartlett & Nicholas Barasch were so pleasant to work with.

It is so cool that PBS is filming all these plays so the people that don't live in NYC can enjoy these amazing plays from their own living room.

I love the theather & all the people involved.  

There is so much dedication to these actors as they do 9 shows a week & are so happy to be right where they are.

Broadway ROCKS!!!!

Gavin Creel making me laugh & taking a pic without me knowing.

Gavin Creel making me laugh & taking a pic without me knowing.

2016 Tony Awards

Ahhh The Tony favorite award show of the year!

This is year was a bit crazier as it was held at the Beacon Theather. No backstage area and all the celebrities had to be held in the Green room across the ally at the Beacon Hotel.

This is my 18th year as Department Head and I couldn't be any prouder.

I have the best team and they all are on such good behavior and just honored to be there.

This year the biggest stars show up. Barbara Streisand presented to for BEST play which was Hamilton!  Oprah won for best Musical Revival so of course she was there to accept the award.

Hamilton swept the Tonys this year with 11 wins!

Meg Ryan came in for touch ups and we helped her with her hair & makeup. Marlee Matlin stayed with us for quite some time as we fussed over her & even fixed her gown.

Common even hung out for awhile & was as charming as ever.

Our director Glenn Weiss hit another one out of the park! He truly is the best director on the planet.

I LOVE this show & hope to continue as long as they run :)

Broadway is New York City!




Sam Shepard "Buried Child"

In true form Sam Shepard does not disappoint.

I was fortunate enough to be able to work on his play the final week it was on Broadway in NYC. 

This of course is not a "feel good" play but the acting was outstanding.

With Ed Harris as the lead how could it have not been spectacular ?

Taissa Farmiga from "American Horror" was one of the leads as well. She took the play to a whole new level.  Poor thing on the last day she got a cold.  She said her character took so much out of her.  You can totally see that she put her whole heart and soul into it.

The Cast:

Taissa Farmiga, Ed harris, Amy Madigan, Larry Pine, Rich Sommer, Paul Sparks, Nat Wolff

I love Broadway and everything about it.  You can shut off your brain and for 2 hours be taken away by the play.

This was thrilling!