Meet the first YouTube star to launch her own makeup line


Credit: Michelle Phan

If you needed any more proof that YouTube (S GOOG) stardom is real, consider this: Makeup artist turned YouTube celebrity Michelle Phan has officially launched her own makeup line. And Phan didn’t just team up with anyone to create the line of 250 products: Em Michelle Phan, as her brand of beauty products is officially called, is made by L’Oréal Luxe, whose other celebrity-driven makeup lines include Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Yves Saint Laurent.

Michelle Phan became a celebrity on YouTube after she began posting makeup tutorials on the site in 2007. Some of her most popular videos include tutorials to look like Barbie, Lady Gaga or Snow White. Altogether, Pham’s videos have been viewed more than 756 million times, and over 4.5 million people subscribing to her YouTube channel. Those fans inspired some of the products included in her makeup line, Phan said in a press release.

Think what you might about YouTube stars launching their own makeup lines, but success stories like this aren’t just a sign that some of the site’s most popular characters are crossing over into mainstream culture. They also show that, as YouTubers become celebrities, they start to look elsewhere to supplement their income.

There have been a lot of discussions in recent months about the money YouTube shares with its partners, with some claiming that popular video producers can really only be successful if they move their views off the site. Others have tried a more hybrid approach. Freddie Wong, for instance, reaches a huge audience on YouTube with his Video Game High School franchise, but he also distributes the videos on his own site to target hardcore fans and attract additional sponsors.

And then there are merchandise sales. YouTube officially allowed all of its partners to sell their own merchandise on the site starting last year, and producers can even link to merchandise from within their videos. Some YouTubers have started to take this even further with the launch of a kind of Pinterest for YouTube stars.



She isn’t the first michelle isn’t a makeup artist either she is just a youtube celebrity, who got to work with a big brand to make her a line makeup geek did everything from working in the lab physically making it, and you only mention her :S


I’m happy for her that she is no longer a struggling and obscure aspirant, but I think makeup is something girls need to overcome as weird as it sounds.

Ludwina Dautovic

Fantastic story and clear evidence of what self initiative and a very clear vision can create for anyone today. Congratulation to Michelle Phan for not only getting herself to this point, but for making it happen.

Mags Henley

That headline is completely wrong. I can name at least two YouTube gurus who launched their cosmetic lines years before Michelle Phan. Google ‘Makeup Geek’ or ‘Sugarpill Cosmetics’ and learn something. These women launched their own lines without the backing of a conglomerate that does animal testing. Besides, I don’t see Ms. Phan being successful in this venture. No one will pay $60 for a palette from some YouTube star.


No one will pay $60 for a palette from some YouTube star? Tell that to the 4.5 million people who subscribe to her channel! LOL


I think we will see more and more of this type of stuff. They will meet with varying level of successes but a platform like YouTube will defiantly be an important part of being able to make a new for yourself in the upcoming years

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