Make-up-artist-turned-beauty-blogger-and-entrepreneur Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty reveals all about her make-up evolution, her can’t-live-without products, plus shares her exclusive lashes how-to video...
By the age of nine, I kind of knew that beauty was something that I wanted to have in my life. I didn’t know that it would actually be my job or my career, or even a lifestyle or business that I could get into. But I knew that I had a strong attraction towards it, and I knew that I was good at it.
When I was 14, I was doing my sister’s friends’ brows and they were all in college and I wasn’t even in high school at that moment - I was just in junior high. So I definitely knew there was something there. When I got into make-up - when my parents finally allowed me to - I was 26 or 27 and things just took off; I finally was doing what I was supposed to do and it felt like I wasn’t being someone I wasn’t. Everything was sitting in the right place and everything was going the right way. So by the time I was in my late 20s and I knew that was what I was doing, boom, everything just took off so fast.
My make-up has changed a lot. I feel like it changes almost monthly. I’m always trying new products, always learning new techniques. I think as a make-up artist, a beauty blogger and a creator of make-up, I am influenced heavily by content that I see everywhere so my make-up is always changing - I’m always learning new tricks.
I’m one of those people who believes that no matter at what stage you are, no matter how much you know, you can always learn something new. So I’m constantly learning from people that I interact with, people who we meet and people who we see.
My make-up has probably changed most dramatically over the last 18 months as I learned how to make the skin really look airbrushed, and I definitely now wear more than I used to. It’s definitely cakey, I don’t have a problem admitting it but it’s something that I also understand not a lot of people want to do. So when we’re making products, we also take into mind that not everyone wants that look, so I try to adapt it according to what other people would like.
"It's really important to have fun with make-up, feel good about it and let it encourage you to do more..."
I would say it’s made me a bit pickier about beauty. I’ve always been detail-orientated, but I think I’ve become more detail-orientated over the last three years that I’ve been working in beauty. It’s definitely taught me that you should take people seriously no matter what their background is or what they’re doing, and understand that beauty can not only be a career - it can be an empire.
A lot of people didn’t take me seriously when I first started, and I think now they understand that beauty is something that is largely understated and so important to women. It doesn’t need to be something that is just "oh it’s about the way I look" - it’s about the way you feel and I think that’s possibly the most important thing that we try to tell people about. It’s about feeling pretty, it’s not about looking pretty. So I think it’s largely understated, but hugely important.
If you’d asked me this question 10 years ago, I’d have said they were completely different. But now beauty has definitely become much more uniform globally. The two countries are still are very different though; in Dubai, they love their contouring, and their liner but it’s definitely a step further than what people wear in Hollywood. In Hollywood people love to do similar make-up steps, whereas in Dubai it’s about deeper colours - it’s a lot more dramatic. What you would wear on a normal day in Dubai is what you would wear on your wedding day in America and that’s considered your normal everyday make-up.
The make-up process itself is something that is super-important to women in Dubai. People pay thousands of dollars to get their make-up done and they do it without really thinking too much about it. The beauty industry in Dubai is great for that reason, but sometimes it can also be a little challenging when you come from the West and are adapting to the Middle East.
Huda's How-To Lashes Video
Don’t do too much. I’m not really a huge fan of Botox and fillers; I tried them myself but I definitely stay away from them and I think a lot of people go into them too much. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely do a few things here and there but I think people should try and be natural. Take really good care of your skin and play with make-up rather than doing things to your face and altering it, you’ll find you have much better-looking results.
At the end of the day, make-up is supposed to make you feel great, beauty is not supposed to make you feel worse about yourself or make you feel you’re not in any way good enough, which I think can happen sometimes. It’s really important to have fun with make-up, feel good about it and let it encourage you to do more and to be more of an amazing person than you already are.
I like a good eyelash serum and a good skincare product. And then I would take a La Mer lip balm. I would take some coconut oil because I feel that coconut oil is the cure-all. I would also take eye-liner. Tweezers actually, I would take tweezers too because I’m so hairy.
Good question, we have a lot of plans. There are definitely a lot of things I that want to do. It’s so hard to talk about right now because we’re in the process of doing those things but when it’s all said and done, we would have hopefully made our mark on the world of beauty and it’s a global thing; we’re not just looking at Dubai, we’re looking at adding our touch, leaving our footprint.