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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Paul McCartney for his "Egypt Station" Tour

What a fabulous treat to be with Paul McCartney on tour!!

We started out on The Jimmy Fallon show where those two had so much fun playing tricks on people and just having a good old time.

Egypt Station has been number 1 for 2 weeks in a row now..

Go Team McCartney!!!!!

Heading to Canada then to Japan. Did I mention Paul is HUGE in Japan!

Nothing like kicking it Old School with a true Rock & Roll Star..

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Interview for "Broadway to Vegas"

 

 

WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES RECOMMENDS YOU TO THE POPE MAKE-UP ARTIST BELINDA MOSS LOOKS GOOD

 

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."

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Sir Paul McCartney & Meryl Streep

In the middle of the 4th blizzard in March I made it to Paul McCartney's home for an interview that turned out to be the most memorable day that I've had in years.

As I was getting Paul ready for his interview I was helping him read lines and just being present to help, not that Paul needs any help with interviews as he's a wealth of knowledge about any subject.

The interview will air all over social media on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.  With so much going on in the world it was refreshing to hear words of peace and hope.  Paul spoke of his duet with Stevie Wonder "Ebony & Ivory".  Perfect choice!

As Paul was wrapping up his interview I turned to find Meryl Streep standing behind me. I think Paul was even a bit star struck. 

Both Paul & Meryl nailed it in 2 takes ,  enough time for all of us to get home before the blizzard gained momentum.

Driving home in the storm I felt blessed in every way.  Life is so GRAND and I get to sit on the sidelines and watch it play out.

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Stevie Wonder "Dream Still lives"

I'm so very proud of this piece that I did for Stevie Wonder. I did most of the artists in New York City, so I am not claiming I did all of them as most were shot at their studios & in LA.

Please click on the link below.

The message is what matters!

“On April 4th, 1968 at 7:05 p.m. Central Time, Dr. King’s life was cut tragically short.  50 years later a need for his dream to be fulfilled is far greater than ever.  This is precisely why, the dream still lives. 

Please create and post your own Dream Still Lives video with #DreamStillLives.  Spread love...spread hope.

— STEVIE WONDER

https://www.dreamstilllives.com/

(IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)

STEVIE WONDER (OPENING)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND MRS. MICHELLE OBAMA

COMMON

MEGAN NICOLE

TYLER OAKLEY

THE CHAINSMOKERS

BTS

MARIAH CAREY

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

RYAN TEDDER

MICHAEL STRAHAN

JAMES CORDEN

BILLY CRYSTAL

DAVE MATTHEWS

SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS

SERENA WILLIAMS

DR. KEITH BLACK

LUPITA NYONG’O

NAOMI CAMPBELL

KATY PERRY

BILLIE JEAN KING

GLORIA ESTEFAN

SAMUEL L. JACKSON

SMOKEY ROBINSON

DEMI LOVATO

TIGER WOODS

NOAH SCHNAPP

THE HONORABLE CONDOLEEZZA RICE 

LILLY SINGH

EVA LONGORIA

BETTE MIDLER

RITA WILSON

THE HONORABLE SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES

SIR ELTON JOHN 

CONGRESSMAN CEDRIC RICHMOND

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

JANELLE MONÁE

GAYLE KING 

CHER

REVEREND JESSE JACKSON

ROBERT DE NIRO

LUIS FONSI 

JIMMY KIMMEL

JAMIE FOXX (1)

HOWARD STERN

KESHA

JAMIE FOXX (2)

CLIVE DAVIS 

CHARLIE PUTH

LECRAE

NICK JONAS

KIRK FRANKLIN

HARRY STYLES

GARTH BROOKS

ANDRA DAY

DAVE CHAPPELLE

TONY BENNETT

SZA

ARTURO SANDOVAL

CARMELO ANTHONY

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY

SADIQ KHAN, LORD MAYOR OF LONDON

TREVOR NOAH

DARIUS RUCKER

LIONEL RICHIE

MARC ANTHONY

YARA SHAHIDI

WARREN BUFFETT

MERYL STREEP

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

BON JOVI

TIM COOK

MARK RONSON

MARY J. BLIGE

BERRY GORDY

STEVIE WONDER (CLOSING)

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