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Monday, February 01, 2010

Clark Dark's Black History Month Entertainment Spotlight: Roxanna Floyd Make-up Artist To The Stars

It's true you've probably only heard of the late make-up artist Roxanna Floyd if you're a beauty professional or fashion photographer or your name is Halle Berry, Iyanla Vansant, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Mary J. or Whitney.

There is no doubt you've seen her work in magazines and videos. She is respected by her colleagues for her talent-putting new emphasis on the word artist in the phrase make-up artist; She is renowned as a person who appreciates beauty and sincerely cares for others in the industry.

Roxanna Floyd has reportedly died in her sleep at her home on January 28, 2010. Floyd's family has not released a statement regarding the unconfirmed reports of her demise.

Roxanna Floyd has provided highly respected make-up work for the entertainment world's best known celebrities. You can see her talent displayed on the January issue of Essence Magazine with Whitney Houston on its cover. In addition to the magazine cover, Roxanna Floyd was the artist who created Whitney's look for her album cover.

Roxanna Floyd honed her skills at the cosmetic counter of a famous department store, where she applied make-up to all skin types and races.

"At the cosmetic counter, I was able to practice and hone my art. As a makeup artist, you have the opportunity to work on every type of skin, face and eye shapes. Real women, not pretty models or good looking celebrities, so your skill can really develop under those conditions."


Later she studied her craft at the now defunct Robert Fiance Beauty Institute in New York.

Floyd's very first celebrity client was Yoko Ono, widow of the former Beatle John Lennon. Ono liked Floyd and as a result Floyd's career took off.

As a professional beauty expert Roxanna Floyd, in the role of head creative beauty director was leading the brand renovation of Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

"We are truly overwhelmed by the unfortunate news of Roxanna Floyd's untimely passing. Not only was Roxanna our creative beauty director, she was a friend...a sister...she was Fashion Fair Cosmetics family. She possessed a wonderful gift of creating, accentuating and transforming beauty. Her innovation, creativity and flair will be missed -- but her legacy and spirit will continue to live." Statement from the Chicago-based Fashion Fair Cosmetics


Roxanna Floyd is survived by her husband Rick E. Ramos and her mother Alberta "Bertha" Floyd.

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