Stephen grew up in a narrow minded Airforce coal mining town by the name of Ipswich in Queensland, Australia. He ran away from home at the age of 15 and moved to Brisbane to be with his fellow freaks. He took up hairdressing in the midst of a crazy night life. Being heavily influenced by the likes of Visage & Culture Club, makeup took a main role in his identity although it took several years before he actually realized that makeup could actually be a career.
After many years of traveling around the world Stephen took home in New York at the age of 28 in 1997. And it has been a long and slow rise to his current place in the world of makeup artistry working for the likes of Italian Vogue and Numero. He is heavily influenced by the likes of Richard Sharah, Maria Belt, Val Garland, Way Bandy, Regis Kevyn Aucoin and Heidi Morawetz.