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Makeup Artist Paul Starr Dead at 48

Paul Starr was found dead in his apartment in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He was thought to be 48.

Makeup artist Paul Starr was found dead in his apartment in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He was thought to be 48.

This story first appeared in the August 20, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Few details of Starr’s death were available at press time. According to a friend of his, Starr hadn’t been seen or heard from in several days. After knocking repeatedly on his door, the door was broken down and his body found. The cause was unknown.

In his more than 20 years as a top makeup artist, Starr worked extensively in fashion and film, working as a key makeup artist at fashion shows for designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and Sass & Bide. He worked with a who’s who of top fashion photographers, including Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh and Ellen Von Unwerth, and with commercial, film and video directors such as Tim Burton, Spike Lee and Paul Hunter.

His celebrity clients were said to include Rosanna Arquette, Joni Mitchell, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner, Jada Pinkett Smith and Anjelica Huston.

In 2003, Starr also created the first national makeup artist team for Estée Lauder, training a group of artists who traveled for the brand.