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“The best foundation is education.” – Maurice Stein


Maurice Stein, renowned beauty and special effects makeup artist.


Burbank, California.

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While you may have heard Maurice Stein’s name with his impressive filmography credits and his academy award winning makeup for Planet of The Apes (1969) Maurice was also the first makeup artist to be enlisted in the California Cosmetology Association Hall of Fame as well as the National Cosmetology Association Hall of Renown. Along with these numerous accolades Maurice perfected his own line of cosmetics that would not only serve the entertainment industry, but help advance clinical applications for people suffering from various skin disorders, burns and even scarring. Maurice is widely known as an active humanitarian and often dedicates his time to several charities, such as the Look Good, Feel better foundation, the American Cancer Society and the John Hopkins Burn Centre among others.

Cult Classics:

Among the many products that Cinema Secrets has to offer, their Ultra Foundation is one of their most coveted products, which is internationally recognized by makeup artists, medical professionals and enthusiasts alike.  It is available individually in sizes Large .50oz (14g) and Small .25oz (7g). or in a convenient 5-in-1 palette. This foundation is light weight, yet has the ability to cover even the most troublesome acne scarring, discoloration and even tattoos. It is also sweat-proof and water resistant which makes it a great foundation choice for any season. Another product that has truly made a name for itself in the industry is their professional brush cleanser. It is safe to use with natural or synthetic hair brushes and can quickly dissolve all traces of wax, liquid, and powder residue from a number of tools. It’s the only makeup brush cleaner to remove 99.9% of all bacteria and extend the life of your brushes.


Maurice Stein made his mark early on as the owner of a hair salon in San Marino, California. With a talent for both hair and makeup he was convinced to join Columbia Studios in 1962. During his career, Maurice provided an array of revolutionary techniques that helped to establish a new caliber of standards among industry professionals. With his collective knowledge and natural talent, his work graced numerous films and television shows such as M*A*S*H, The original Star Trek series, The Love Boat,  Friday the 13th, as well as the hit TV show The Golden Girls. Maurice’s most notable work was his involvement among the team of make-up artists that worked on the original release of the Academy Award winning Plant of the Apes in 1969.

In 1984 Maurice decided to retire and combine his passion for education and makeup and created his own company called Cinema Secrets. With the assistance of his family, Maurice created a family owned business that catered to industry professionals as well as the general public and launched a line of props, wigs, prosthetics, costumes and other Halloween accessories under the brand name Woochie.

A veritable jack of all trades, Maurice eventually ventured into one of his other great passions as a humanitarian and lent his talents to various charities and clinics to assist people suffering from skin conditions. For over twenty years, Maurice perfected his own line of cosmetics, and created the Ultimate Foundation with its line of sister products that would cater to people with these specialized needs.

With the assistance of the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association, Maurice became one of the first make-up artists to provide his Corrective Make-Up Techniques and educational services to the National Look Good, Feel Better Program. This inspiring program helps those fighting cancer to look and feel their very best. Stein has also helped cancer patients at City of Hope and other leading charities.

My Top Picks:

Cinema Secrets 5-in-1 Ultra Foundation Palette in #5 (Light)

Moisture Setting Spray

5-in-1 Ultimate Lip Palette in #14 (Coral Reef) #12 (Bubbly Gum) #10 (Can Buy My Love)

Professional Brush Cleaner


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