Makeup is still considered a rather frivolous thing. But that conception is very much incorrect – done right, makeup is an art. And many YouTubers, both women and men, are currently challenging old perceptions with amazing makeup tutorials. One of these YouTubers is Filipino-American Patrick Starrr, whose transformations have to be seen to be believed.
Patrick Starr, whose real name is Patrick Simondac, was interested in the beauty world from a young age. As a kid, he watched reality shows such as America’s Next Top Model, finding the transformations featured on them absolutely fascinating. “I loved all those kind of shows,” he told People magazine in November 2016.
When he got older, he realized how much he wanted to pursue that interest. “In high school, I started doing photography and doing headshots for my friends doing theater,” he told People. “It was then that I realized I could Photoshop makeup on to the computer to eliminate blemishes, add blush, contour and shape brows. And that was basically the spark for my interest for makeup.”
After graduating, Patrick did some regular jobs for a bit, including a stint at MAC Cosmetics and one at Sephora. It wasn’t always great for him, and one time he was faced with a manager who told him he wasn’t allowed to wear makeup at work. He planned to become a nurse, but it turned out that life had other ideas for him.
“One day in February 2013, I woke up depressed because I hadn’t been assigned any hours at MAC,” Patrick told People. “Working gave me an excuse to wear makeup all the time and for it to be ripped away… I needed a reason. I needed some place, somewhere to wear my makeup, so my artistry wouldn’t deplete itself and my technique wouldn’t go away. So that’s when I started my YouTube channel.” It turned out to be a very good decision.
Slowly, Patrick became a famous face on YouTube. He formed friendships with other beauty bloggers and gained follower after follower. He began promoting makeup brands such as Benefit Cosmetics and even worked with huge names such as Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian. People were incredibly impressed at how much talent he had.
Gradually his YouTube channel gained a whopping 3,942,098 followers, while his Instagram gained a similarly large number. “I had no idea I was going to take off when I started my YouTube channel,” Patrick told Glamour magazine in May 2017. “I would never have been able to imagine this life for myself.”
“Every time I meet someone who tells me that I’ve encouraged them to keep pursuing their dream of being a makeup artist, or 50 people show up to a meet and greet because they want to talk to me, I’m always surprised,” Patrick continued to tell Glamour. “It never stops being unbelievable to see that I’m connecting with and inspiring people all over the globe.”
But he certainly was. In June 2017, Cosmopolitan teamed up with Patrick to show off his considerable skills. On a video featured on the magazine’s website and social media, Patrick demonstrated just how he transformed himself from an ordinary-looking guy into a flawlessly contoured queen.
Doing makeup properly can take a lot of work. First, Patrick used foundation on his face – Dior’s Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation in this case, blended in with a brush. Then he got to work on his eyebrows. With an eyebrow pencil from Benefit, he shaped his brows into an attractive arch. After that came the concealer.
“Squeeze a pump of Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in a shade that’s two to three complexions lighter than your skin tone onto a flat foundation brush,” Cosmopolitan recommended. “Apply the concealer underneath your eyes, on your T-zone area, below your chin, and on the sides of your mouth.”
Patrick blended everything with a sponge and then put on some setting powder to ensure the foundation and concealer stayed in place. After that came the complicated job of applying the eyeshadow. Patrick used orange and burgundy colors, as well as a hint of gold in the inner crease of his eyelids – and then eyeliner.
Then Patrick used some MAC products: MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Powder, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzer and MAC’s Mariah Carey Sweet Sweet Fantasy Blush. The transformation was almost complete. Patrick added highlighter on his cheeks and forehead and more eyeshadow on his bottom lashes.
“Curl those lashes, and swipe on mascara,” Cosmopolitan advised next. “Use Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler to curl your lashes. Then swipe on a bit of MAC’s Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara to your upper lashes.” After doing his eyes, Patrick did his lips, using Rimmel London’s Lip Liner. “Voilà! You’re ready to slay the day Patrick Starrr-style,” Cosmopolitan said of the finished result.
Patrick’s video racked up 25 million views, a truly impressive feat – and the comments were mostly positive too. “I wish I knew how to use makeup half as good as he does,” one person wrote. There were some trolls on the Facebook page who were snide about gender roles, but Patrick has always known how to deal with that.
In an interview with The Cut in December 2017, Patrick was asked about how he handled bullying. “Just ignore it,” he said. “I introduced banned words to Instagram… I spoke to the founder and the Product Development team. I explained, with YouTube, as a gay male, I have been able to filter out negative words. I have a social responsibility to control what people see.”
“It’s also my social responsibility to speak out about things like this,” Patrick went on. “For anyone getting bullied, use these tools and block those words. It’s one negative comment versus a hundred great comments. Make friends, delete comments.” So far, there’s no doubt that he is crushing any haters that show up.
Patrick’s Instagram speaks to how successful his work has been. As well as lots of regular modeling shots, there are pictures of him posing with Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian, pictures of him launching new collections and even pictures of him walking the red carpet at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
In March 2018, Patrick also appeared on America’s Next Top Model, the show that had entertained him so much throughout his childhood. He appeared alongside Tyra Banks, whose praises he later sang. “My favorite celebrity to work on TV with was Tyra,” he told Elle that month. “My chemistry with Tyra on camera was so raw, so it was awesome.”
Patrick also spoke to the magazine about his wonderful success. “It’s beyond surreal. It’s not just full circle, it’s like full circle and then a couple more Earth rotations, and then some,” he said. But there’s no doubt he deserves it. Although he’s already a familiar face in the beauty world, his career is really only just beginning.