|Faces| Huda Kattan

Like most successful people, Huda Kattan started small.  While holding down a job in finance that she hated, she launched a beauty blog in 2010, soon after which she quit her finance job. Kattan then started her Instagram account in 2012, followed by a beauty business selling false eyelashes in 2013.

Luck seemed to be on her side and in her case small got huge very quickly. The Dubai-based Kattan is now unchallenged in the makeup world. She has a breathtaking 20.7 million Instagram followers and has smartly leveraged that social media following to grow her business. She now offers liquid lipsticks, lip strobes, highlighter palette and eye shadows in addition to her lashes, which are available through her online shop and Sephora, which has 11.9 million followers on Instagram.

Kattan was born to Iraqi parents. She attended college in Michigan where she studied finance, a career she quickly gave up to become a makeup artist. Kattan met her husband at college and they moved to Dubai in 2008, where she now happily resides with him and their daughter.

When asked about the way beauty is perceived in Dubai she said  “Beauty in Dubai is on another level. I grew up in Tennessee. I loved to wear full glam. I used to want to wear flash lashes every single day. I remember wearing them once and someone was like, “Are you wearing false lashes?” I felt embarrassed. In the U.S., it’s perceived as though you’re trying too hard.

In Dubai, people respect you if you wear lashes to the grocery store. I’ve been at the gym at 5 in the morning and seen full glam, which, I think working out with your full makeup is just crazy. But it’s more over the top here. Middle Eastern women have very strong features, and makeup tends to accentuate those features really well without looking like too much.”

She says “I took beauty so seriously before, and I do still, but not in a way where I can’t have fun with it. I’m passionate to learn more, passionate to know how we can change people’s lives by giving them one tip. But when it comes to the look, it should be fun. You should just be like, “Yeah, I’m a cake face — so what?”

It is said that she makes an astonishing AED 66,000 with each instagram post.  Huda Kattan has changed a lot over the years and that simply proves that you CAN be the best version of yourself. She never feels shy to talk about her surgeries, fillers etc. unlike other public figures.  She is extremely humble, down to earth and truly inspirational. She is on the Internet’s most fascinating people’s list

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A Product A Day! Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette

One of those days when you can’t wait to get a new post off your chest..you can’t wait to get it all out..your feet are restless and your fingers are tingly lol. Yes, you guessed it right! That’s the day you have Huda Beauty on your mind 😀 With the Diva’s new palette launch at Sephora with all those luscious shades to choose from, its hard not to write a review. So let’s begin!

As they say when Huda Kattan creates new products, the world notices. Raising the bar with her unique Textured Shadows, she’s created a palette of highly saturated mattes, chrome pressed pearls, and 3D metal shadows. The best thing is that you can build these colors up. No matter what the occasion, believe me this palette has you covered!

What’s in the palette and what is each of those gorgeous shades all about:

Dubai – a smoky bronze

Fling – a shimmering cranberry

24K – an extravagant gold

Rose Gold – a lust worthy rose gold

Trust Fund – a copper (interesting name for an eye shadow)

Blessed – a vintage gold

Angelic – pink with gold reflections

Moon Dust – a stellar gold illumination

Bossy – a maroonish clay

Flamingo – notice-me pink

Shy – a subtle dusty shade of pink

BAE – a cream-colored base shadow

Black Truffle – a very very dark wicked black

Suede – a smooth gray

Coco – a dark brown

Maneater – a callous, brutal shade of mulberry

Henna – a warm traditional reddish-brown

Sandalwood – an earthy tone

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(Image courtesy: google.com) (Too precious to waste on swatches 😛 so i decided to pick an image that caters to different skin tones).

The shades are beautiful. Each shade is enough to last you many many occasions which is what we all want considering the amount we’ve spent on this one, I know many of you have been saving for this beauty. Also in some of her videos she has shown how you can create different nail colors using the palette and toping it off with a transparent nail paint to seal and lock in the color. This seems rather interesting and I would love to try it out. The best thing is that you don’t need two different palettes to create a certain look. I do believe Huda’s next one will bring in hues and shades of blue, green, purple etc. and they are going to be as pigmented as this one. Can’t wait!!!

Let me know how many of you got your hands on Huda’s debut palette.

Signing off

W & S