Huda Kattan

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Huda Kattan
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Born (1983-10-02) October 2, 1983 (age 38)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan–Dearborn
  • Makeup artist
  • beauty blogger
  • entrepreneur
Years active2010–present

Huda Kattan (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 Kattan 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] Kattan attended the University of Michigan–Dearborn where she majored in finance.[10][11][13]


In 2006, Kattan moved to Dubai with her father because he accepted a job opportunity as a teacher in the emirate.[11][12] A few years later, Kattan 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] Kattan 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, Kattan 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, Kattan 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 in 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]

Kattan achieved popularity on Instagram, attaining more than 47 million followers as of 2020.[7][8][11][14][17][18] Kattan is ranked #1 on the "2017 Influencer Instagram Rich List", earning $18,000 for each post of sponsored content.[11][19] Kattan 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, Kattan was listed on Fortunes 40 under 40[21] In 2021, Kattan was ranked number one on cosmetify Beauty Influencer Rich List.[22]

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

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

Philanthropy and activism[edit]

Through her cosmetics brand, Huda Beauty, Kattan has participated in various philanthropic efforts. In June 2020, Kattan announced that Huda Beauty will donate $500,000 dollars to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund[25]

In 2021, Kattan and Huda Beauty started a petition for beauty brands to disclose when they've retouched or edited their images or videos, to help dismantle "toxic" social media beauty standards.[26] Through her beauty brand, she has also supported the Asian American community,[27] Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and food drive initiatives such as 100 Million Meals.[28] Kattan has also used her social media platforms to speak up about the forced evictions in Palestine [29] In May 2021, Kattan and her company, 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, Kattan met her husband, Christopher Goncalo, who is of Colombian heritage.[31] The couple moved to Dubai in 2006, got married in June 2009, and had their first child, Nour Gisele, in 2011.[11] Kattan is Muslim.[13] One of Kattan's sisters is her business partner, Mona; while another sister manages Kattan'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.
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  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