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Huda Kattan born on October 2, 1983, is an American makeup artist, beauty blogger, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the cosmetics line Huda Beauty.

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

Career
In 2006, Huda moved to Dubai with her father because he accepted a job opportunity as a teacher in the emirate. A few years later, Huda moved to Los Angeles, where she studied makeup. Among her clients were celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Nicole Richie. Huda then returned to Dubai where she became employed by Revlon as a makeup artist. 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.

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

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.

Huda achieved popularity on Instagram, attaining more than 49 million followers as of 2021. Huda is ranked #1 on the "2017 influencer Instagram Rich List", earning $18,000 for each post of sponsored content. Huda has been described as "a Kim Kardashian West of the beauty influencer economy", and was declared one of the "ten most powerful influencers in the world of beauty" by Forbes magazine. She was chosen as one of "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet" by Time magazine in 2017. In 2020, Huda was listed on Fortunes 40 under 40. In 2021, Huda was ranked number one on Cosmetify Beauty Influencer Rich List. 

In 2018, Huda began starring in her own original Facebook Watch reality series entitled Huda Boss, alongside her family. In 2021, Huda participated in a campaign to provide food and donated one million meals through her cosmetics company Huda Beauty.

Philanthropy and activism
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 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

In 2021, Huda Kattan and Huda Beauty started a petition for beauty brands to disclose when they have retouched or edited their images or videos, to help dismantle "toxic" social media beauty standards. Through her beauty brand, she has also supported the Asian American community, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and food drive initiatives such as 100 Million Meals. Kattan has also used her social media platforms to speak up about the forced evictions in Palestine. 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.

Personal Life
In high school, Huda met her now-husband, Chris Goncalo, who is of Portuguese heritage. The couple moved to Dubai in 2006, got married in June 2009, and had their first child, Nour Gisele, in 2011. Huda is Muslim. One of Huda's sisters is her business partner, Mona; while another sister manages Huda's social media, Alya.

References;
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