Star was born in Orange County, California. His father, Jeffrey L. Steininger , committed suicide when Star was 6 years old and he subsequently was raised solely by his mother, Marra Shubyann Lindstrom Steininger . As a child, Star alleges he 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.