Your Favorite MUAs Before And After They Got Famous

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These days there are tons of famous makeup artists on YouTube, churning out video tutorials for all your makeup needs. But have you ever wondered what notable makeup artists looked like before they got famous? If so, then you've come to the right place. Here you'll find a series of famous MUAs before and after their launch to beauty guru stardom. 

Ever wondered what Jeffree Star looked like in high school or what Zoella looked like before she was one of the most followed beauty gurus online? These before and after photos of your favorite makeup artists will introduce you to the old-school looks of your favorite artists before they fell in love with makeup and became some of the most trusted names in the beauty industry today.


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    Born in Wageningen, Netherlands, Nikki De Jager first began making YouTube makeup tutorials in 2008 after being inspired by similar channels. In 2011, she signed with Colourfool Agency which connected her with projects such as The Face, Holland's and Benelux's Next Top Model, and the Dutch game show Miljoenenjacht. Since then, the professional hair/makeup artist has gained an international following with over 7 million subscribers on YouTube.

    2,961 votes
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    Before Jeffree Star began his makeup line and started amassing followers for his YouTube makeup tutorials, he was known on the club scene. As a gender-bending singer, DJ, and performer, he released an album called Beauty Killer in 2009. On his website, he shares that he's always had a love of makeup and "worked at makeup counters, freelanced, and worked on many celebrities, music videos, fashion editorials, and weddings" in his early days.

    3,230 votes
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    Patrick Starrr is a Filipino-American YouTube beauty expert from Orlando, Florida. After high school, Patrick got into photography, which later led to his love of makeup. He started his YouTube channel in 2013 and has amassed quite the following. With over 3 million YouTube subscribers, he won the Beauty award at the 2017 Streamy Awards.

    2,948 votes
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    Before becoming Manny MUA, Manny Gutierrez got Instagram famous where he amassed over 4 million followers, along with a healthy Twitter following of 850,000. He first began his YouTube channel, on which he reviews makeup products and gives tutorials, in July 2014, and has since gained over 3.7 million subscribers. In 2017, he became the first man to become a Maybelline makeup brand ambassador.

    2,953 votes
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    Before becoming a YouTube star, Tati Westbrook was a child actress who worked on shows such as Greek and Unsolved Mysteries. She launched her YouTube beauty review channel, GlamLifeGuru, in 2011, which boasts 3 million followers. She also appeared on Amazon's Style Code Live as a beauty correspondent in 2017. 

    2,577 votes
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    After graduating from beauty school, Kandee realized that while she loved doing makeup, she wasn't so into hair and decided to focus her talents purely on being a MUA. She booked her first job on VH1's I Love the 80s and after working as a MUA in film and television, she decided to produce her own YouTube channel. On her channel, she showcased her ability to use makeup to transform herself into everyone from Snow White to Edward Scissorhands. She has nearly 4 million subscribers.

    2,448 votes