Huda Kattan

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Huda Kattan
Born (1983-10-02) October 2, 1983 (age 37)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan–Dearborn
  • Makeup artist
  • beauty blogger
  • entrepreneur
Years active2010–present
Net worth$1 billion (2021)

Huda Kattan (Arabic: هدى قطان‎; born October 2, 1983) is an American[1][2][3][4][5][6] makeup artist, beauty blogger, and entrepreneur.[7][8][9] She is the founder of the cosmetics line Huda Beauty.[7]

Early life[edit]

Huda was born on October 2, 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,[10] as one of four children.[11] Her parents are both from Iraq.[10] The family later moved to Cookeville, Tennessee, and then to Dartmouth, Massachusetts.[12] Huda attended the University of Michigan–Dearborn where she majored in finance.[10][11][13]


In 2006, Huda moved to Dubai with her father because he accepted a job opportunity as a teacher in the emirate.[11][12] A few years later, Huda moved to Los Angeles, where she studied makeup.[9][10][12][14] Among her clients were celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Nicole Richie.[10] Huda then returned to Dubai where she became employed by Revlon as a makeup artist.[9][11] In April 2010, upon the advice of one of her sisters, Huda started a beauty-related WordPress blog which she named "Huda Beauty" on which she would post makeup tutorials and tips.[10][11][12][13][15]

In 2013, Huda founded a cosmetics line which, like her blog, is also called "Huda Beauty."[7][11][12][13][16] Her first product, a series of false eyelashes,[11][12] was released through Sephora.[13][17] The Huda Beauty label achieved success with the sales of the false eyelashes, which were famously worn by Kim Kardashian.[13]

Huda's company, which is based out of Dubai, later began to offer other beauty products, including eye shadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, lip liners, highlighter palettes, foundations, concealers, baking powders and liquid eyeshadows.[9][11][12][14][16][17]

Huda achieved popularity on Instagram, attaining more than 47 million followers as of 2020.[7][8][11][14][17][18] Huda is ranked #1 on the "2017 Influencer Instagram Rich List", earning $18,000 for each post of sponsored content.[11][19] Huda has been described as "a Kim Kardashian West of the beauty influencer economy",[12] and was declared one of the "ten most powerful influencers in the world of beauty" by Forbes magazine.[20] She was chosen as one of "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet" by Time magazine in 2017.[11][18] In 2020, Huda was listed on Fortunes 40 under 40[21] In 2021, Huda was ranked number one on cosmetify Beauty Influencer Rich List.[22]

In 2018, Huda began starring in her own original Facebook Watch reality series entitled Huda Boss,[23] alongside her family.

In 2021, Huda participated in a campaign to provide food and donated one million meals through her cosmetics company Huda Beauty.[24]


Through her cosmetics brand, Huda Beauty, Kattan has participated in various philanthropic efforts.



  • March 2021: Huda Kattan & Huda Beauty starts petition for beauty brands to disclose when they've retouched or edited their images or videos. Encouraging women & men to love themselves, dismantling toxic social media beauty standards[26]
  • March 2021: Huda Kattan & Huda Beauty stands up against racism against the Asian community, donates to Stop AAPI Hate[27]
  • April 2021: Huda Beauty donated one million meals to the 100 Million Meals food drive initiative, which was launched by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to provide food parcels to disadvantaged communities across 20 countries in Asia and Africa.[28]
  • May 2021: Huda Kattan used her platforms to speak up about the forced evictions in Palestine [29] & donated $100,000 dollars to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) to support their efforts on the ground
  • May 2021: Huda Kattan & Huda Beauty donated $100,000 dollars to Help India Breathe, a COVID-19 relief fundraiser launched by former monk Jay Shetty and his wife, Radhika Devlukia-Shetty [30]

Personal life[edit]

In high school, Huda met her now-husband, Chris Gonçalo, who is of Colombian origin.[31] The couple moved to Dubai in 2006, got married in June 2009, and welcomed their first child, Nour Gisele, in 2011.[11] Huda is Muslim.[13] One of Huda's sisters is her business partner, Mona; while another sister manages Huda's social media, Alya.[12]


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  21. ^ "Fortune 40 under 40". Fortune. April 21, 2021.
  22. ^ "The Beauty Influencer Rich List". Cosmetify. April 21, 2021.
  23. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 30, 2018). "Instagram Star Huda Kattan Gets Her Own Reality Show on Facebook Watch". Variety. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "Beauty mogul Huda Kattan donates one million meals to new UAE campaign". Arab News. April 18, 2021. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  25. ^ "Huda Kattan donates $500,000 amid US protests". Arab News. June 3, 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  26. ^ "'Enough is enough': Huda Kattan's mission to stop 'toxic' beauty standards". Emirates Woman. April 6, 2021. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  27. ^ "Huda Kattan Stands in Solidarity with Asian Americans in the Protest of Racism". Vogue Arabia. March 2, 2021. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  28. ^ "Huda Kattan Donates One Million Meals to the Region's Largest Ramadan Food Drive". Vogue Arabia. April 19, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  29. ^ "Beauty mogul Huda Kattan condemns 'unjust' situation in Palestine". Arab News. May 18, 2021. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  30. ^ "Beauty mogul Huda Kattan donates to Indian COVID-19 relief efforts". Arab News. May 19, 2021. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  31. ^ "Sister Act: Huda and Mona Kattan Share on Building Their Billion Dollar Empire as a Family". Vogue Arabia. May 16, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2021. and her American-Colombian husband, Christopher Goncalo