Star in 2018
Jeffrey Lynn Steininger Jr.|
November 15, 1985
Orange County, California, U.S.
|Residence||Calabasas, California, U.S.|
|Nathan Schwandt (2015-present)|
Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger Jr.; November 15, 1985) is an American Internet celebrity, makeup artist, entrepreneur, and musician. He is the founder and owner of cosmetic company Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
By 2006, Star had become the most followed person on MySpace. He frequently used the platform to promote his music career. In 2009, Star released his first and only studio album, Beauty Killer (2009), which featured songs such as "Lollipop Luxury" featuring Nicki Minaj. He embarked on several world tours to promote his music. In 2010, he signed to Akon--who described Star as "the next Lady Gaga"--with plans to release a second album. However, it was never released and Star abruptly left the music industry in 2013 under unclear circumstances.
The following year, he founded cosmetics company Jeffree Star Cosmetics and later began promoting the brand on YouTube, where he has 9 million subscribers and over 1 billion views as of 2018.
Star was born in Orange County, California. His father committed suicide when Star was 6 years old and he subsequently was raised solely by his mother, a model who frequently went on assignments. As a child, Star began regularly experimenting with his mother's makeup and convinced her to let him wear it to school when he was in junior high. He moved to Los Angeles following his graduation from high school, supporting himself with various makeup, modeling, and music jobs. He later recalled spending his time on weekends "using a fake ID to attend Hollywood clubs dressed in mini dresses and nine inch high heels, where celebrities would contract [Star] for makeup work at their homes". Star reports that his weekend socializing at clubs and the makeup advice he offered eventually led to his modeling career.
Star used popular social networking website Myspace to further both his music as well as fashion design career. He also used Myspace for blogging about his life, while making social commentary on "self-image and confidence", fame, beauty, and life. Star had built up a fan base on several websites but convinced many to join him on Myspace, giving his profile a large number of followers from the beginning. His Myspace photoshoots would frequently get over 50,000 comments when posted. Star also gained fame as one of the most popular independent artists, with the daily rankings placing him in the top tier on Myspace.
Star's music career as an electronica and pop vocalist began when he befriended Peaches' drummer Samantha Maloney, who encouraged him to make music. During the summer of 2007, Star was advertised as a part of the True Colors Tour 2007, which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada. The tour, sponsored by the LGBT Logo channel, began on June 8, 2007 to coincide with Pride month.
Star released his first and only studio album Beauty Killer in 2009, which peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart. The album featured songs such as "Lollipop Luxury" featuring Nicki Minaj. He embarked on several world tours to promote his music. In 2010, he signed to Akon--who described Star as "the next Lady Gaga"--with plans to release a second album. However, it was never released and Star abruptly left the music industry in 2013 under unclear circumstances. He later described signing to Akon's record label as "the biggest mistake I've ever made."
He appeared in the second version of Kesha's music video "Take It Off" in 2010. Star has worked with several other musical performers, including Blood on the Dance Floor, Deuce,Millionaires, and Larry Tee.
In 2014, Star founded his e-commerce makeup brand Jeffree Star Cosmetics using his life savings. He started making videos promoting the brand on YouTube, where he subsequently became a popular YouTuber and gained 9 million subscribers and over 1 billion views as of 2018.Bustle magazine has described Star as "a musician and onetime Myspace celeb that reinvented himself in the YouTube makeup tutorial space." His first release was velour liquid lipsticks which were followed by highlighter palettes, lip scrubs, eye shadow palettes, clothing, and accessories, such as mirrors and make up bags. Star now focuses on his makeup line along with other business ventures.
Star resides in Calabasas, California with his boyfriend, Nathan Schwandt. In a video released in August 2018, he revealed that he and his mother had been having little to no contact with each other for at least 10 years prior to Christmas Day 2017 when they reconnected.