Nikkie de Jager is a Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger who is popular for her YouTube channel ‘NikkieTutorials.’ In 2015, she came into the spotlight with her YouTube video titled ‘The Power of Makeup’ which went viral and inspired many other people to show their faces with and without makeup.
Nikkie de Jager was born on Wednesday, March 2, 1994 (age 26 years; as of 2020), in Wageningen, Netherlands. She is a transgender woman. At the age of six, she began to grow long hair and dress up like a girl. At the age of fourteen, she started taking hormones and growth suppressors, and by the age of nineteen, she got fully transitioned into a woman. BBC Thereafter, she pursued a professional hair & makeup course from B Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Later, she also pursued a course at WE-R Agency’s Hair School. Internet Archive
Height (approx.): 6′ 2″
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Hazel Grey
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Her mother, Saskia Spee (or Saskia De Orchidee), is the owner of the Dutch cosmetics company Het Cosmeticahuis. Her brother’s name is Emile de Jager.
In 2010, Nikkie’s mother Saskia De Orchidee got married to Jeroen Spee who has two sons; Ravi Spee, and Mikai Spee (died in 2018 due to lymphatic cancer) from his previous marriage.
Relationships, Husband & Children
In August 2019, she got engaged to her boyfriend Dylan Drossaers who proposed to her while they were on vacation in Italy.
In an interview, Nikkie revealed that she started filming makeup tutorials after watching Sandy Gold’s ‘Wake Up and Makeup’ video in which she recreated the Lauren Conrad look. Nikkie De Jager was obsessed with Lauren Conrad’s eyeliner, and she spent a whole day watching MTV’s The Hills, an American pseudo-reality television series, and got inspired by the beauty of the American actress Lauren Conrad who was one of the protagonists of the show. In an interview, she said,
I saw Sandy Gold and she did “Wake Up and Make Up,” and she literally filmed herself getting out of bed to do her makeup to look like Lauren Conrad. I was obsessed…So I found this entire world of beauty gurus doing tutorials, which was really small back then. That’s when I started practicing, going to the drugstore, getting stuff — and that’s where it all began.”
In 2008, at age of fourteen, she uploaded her first YouTube video, “Makeup Tutorial; My first official Look for YT.”
Thereafter, she uploaded various makeup tutorial videos, and eventually, NikkieTutorials became one of the most subscribed and most-watched beauty channels in The Netherlands. Later, she got contacted by the makeup artist Pascale Tesser who taught professional makeup at B Academy, Amsterdam. In 2010, she enrolled herself in a makeup course by Pascale Tesser at B Academy. Later, she also pursued the Hair on the Set: Level 1 Course at B Academy. In 2011, she joined Pascale Tesser’s Colourfool Agency and worked as a make-up artist for various Dutch television series, like Hollands & Benelux’s Next Top Model, Miljoenenjacht, and The Face. She also worked for fashion magazines like Marie Claire, Linda, Talkies, and Fashionista. To master the art of hairstyling, in 2013, Nikkie pursued a course at WE-R Agency’s Hair School. Later, in the same year, she became the head-makeup artist for the fashion reality series,‘I Can Make You a Supermodel.’ In 2014, she quit working at Pascale Tesser’s Colourfool Agency and became a freelance hair & makeup artist. In 2015, she gained popularity with her YouTube video “The Power of Makeup” in which she painted her half face with makeup and left the other half bare. The YouTube beauty star put her reputation on the line in order to prove that makeup is just for fun, and that using it has nothing to do with hating your natural face or having low self-esteem.
In 2016, she collaborated with Too Faced Cosmetics and launched a range of products inspired by “The Power of Makeup” video which included a black stretch marker, a liquid liner, eye shadow palette etc. Later, she also collaborated with cosmetic brands like Ofra and Maybelline. In 2017, she made her television debut as a participant on the Dutch game show The Big Escape. In the show the participants had to compete with or against each other in order to get out of the so-called escape rooms.
Thereafter, she appeared as a participant on various reality TV shows, like Wie is de Mol? (2019), Weet Ik Veel (2019), Thank You For The Music (2019), etc. In January 2019, Nikkie de Jager became the first-ever global artistry adviser for Marc Jacobs Beauty, a high-end cosmetic brand. Later, in the same year, she uploaded a makeup tutorial video with the popular American singer Lady Gaga to promote Lady Gaga’s makeup brand Haus Laboratories, a vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics brand. In May 2020, she became co-host in the show Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light. In August 2020, Nikkie De Jager launched her own eyeshadow palette in collaboration with the cosmetic brand Beauty Bay. In 2020, she was the winner of the Dutch reality television game show Wie is de Mol? (2020).
- In 2017, Forbes magazine named Nikkie de Jager one of the top ten beauty influencers
- Winner at 9th Annual Shorty Awards (2017) in the category of Youtube Guru
- Winner at Teen Choice Awards (2017) in the category of Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty
- Nominated at E! People’s Choice Awards (2018) in the category of The Beauty Influencer of 2018
- Nominated WOWIE Awards (2020) in the category of Outstanding Twitter
- Nominated WOWIE Awards (2020) in the category of Outstanding YouTube
- In 2017, Jeffree Star, American make-up artist, accused Too Faced Cosmetics of underpaying NikkieTutorials for their collaboration. According to the Youtube channel, Here for the Tea, Nikkie de Jager was paid a flat rate of $50,000 for a collaboration that sold over 1,50,000 products of $56 each, equaling to about $8.4 million in revenue. Although, she was supposed to be paid after six months, during which she wasn’t allowed to work with other brands, reportedly, she was paid by Too Faced after nine months. In addition to being underpaid, Nikkie also revealed that the product’s poor quality almost cost her career. In October 2019, Nikkie De Jager spoke about the controversy for the first time on Twitter,
I signed my contract with TF back then because I was naive & didn’t know better. At the end of the day, I signed it, it’s my own fault — but what I’ll never forgive is that ‘allegedly’ they changed the palette’s quality behind my back. 1000’s of negative reviews & I was clueless.” Insider
- On January 13, 2020, De Jager uploaded a video on her YouTube channel titled “I’m Coming Out” in which she revealed that she is transgender.
In the video clip, Nikkie also told that she had been blackmailed by someone who threatened to make her assigned gender public. The video went viral on YouTube and received an overwhelmingly supportive response from fans, other YouTubers, and members of the LGBT community. BBC
- After her coming-out video became popular in January 2020, Nikkie De Jager appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she talked about her experience of coming out as transgender. Later, in an interview, she shared her experience of appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in which she stated that she was treated differently from other guests and that Ellen, the host of the show, was cold and distant. Nikkie de Jager told the Dutch outlet &C Magazine that she couldn’t use the nearest bathroom on the sets of The Ellen DeGeneres Show because it was reserved for the Jonas Brothers. Insider
Nikkie de Jager owns a house in Uden, Netherlands.
- In 2020, Nikkie de Jager announced in a video on her YouTube channel that she will be the Dutch ambassador of the United Nations (UN).
- On August 8, 2020, Nikkie and Dylan made healines as they were robbed at gunpoint in their house in Uden. Nikkie posted a story on her Instagram account stating that they were fine physically, but, emotionally they were shaken. The police reported that one resident had superficial injuries.