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Huda Beauty: A Beauty Empire

Huda Kattan’s beauty brand has made an impact worldwide, making her a global sensation.
Here is a simple yet unique eye look done with the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions palette. (Photo Credit: Kelin2333, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

The makeup industry is constantly changing and evolving at a rapid speed. One of the most influential brands is Huda Beauty, founded by Huda Kattan. Kattan has transcended the conventional standards of beauty. She has shaped trends, empowered and inspired individuals and left a long lasting legacy on the beauty industry. The brand strives to be inclusive with its innovative products and powerful social media presence. Kattan has created an impactful brand that has left its mark on society.

Huda Beauty

Huda Kattan, born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born into an Iraqi family alongside her siblings, Mona Kattan, Alya Kattan, and Khalid Kattan. Huda Kattan initially pursued a career in finance, However, her interest and passion for beauty led her to a career switch. In 2010 she moved to Dubai which marked the beginning of her journey as a beauty influencer and makeup artist. Kattan gained a massive following on social media platforms such as Instagram and Youtube. Her audience was captivated by makeup tutorials, beauty tips and charismatic personality.

Kattan was able to transform her social media influence and presence into a global powerhouse. She launched Huda Beauty in 2013. Her initial product was false eyelashes. These false eyelashes, referred to as falsies by the beauty community, gained a lot of support. It was loved by many. The success of this product is what laid the foundations for what would soon become a beauty empire. 

Innovation and Diversity

Huda Beauty’s commitment to innovation and inclusivity sets her apart from other beauty influencers and beauty brands. The products her brand produces ranging from foundation and concealer to eyeshadow and lipsticks. Each product undergoes careful development to ensure each product has good quality and performs well.

One of the most groundbreaking and revolutionary releases of Kattan’s was the “Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette.” This eyeshadow palette had a vast and unique range of shades. These eyeshadow shades were inspired by the colors of the Arabian Desert. This palette instantly becomes a must have for the beauty community. The versatility and pigmentation of each eyeshadow allowed for many different eyeshadow looks. 

Moreover, Huda Beauty has done groundbreaking work in championing diversity within the beauty industry. The brand’s foundation and concealer shade ranges, for instance, caters to a large spectrum of skin tones. Kattan made sure that individuals of all ethnicities feel represented and celebrated. Her dedication to inclusivity has resonated deeply with consumers. She was able to foster a sense of belonging and  empowerment.

The Power of Social Media

Huda Kattan;s social media presence has been essential in the success of her brand.  Huda Kattan’s personal journey from beauty blogger to business mogul shows how influential digital platforms are in shaping modern entrepreneurship. With millions of followers across various social media channels, including Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, Huda Beauty has cultivated a vast and dedicated online community.

The brand’s social media strategy is characterized by authenticity, engagement, and transparency. For instance, Kattan recently shared how the transfership of CEO has affected her brand and Kattan’s mental health on Tiktok. Additionally, Huda Kattan regularly interacts with her followers, soliciting feedback, sharing personal anecdotes, and providing valuable beauty insights. This direct line of communication has fostered a sense of trust and loyalty among consumers, solidifying Huda Beauty’s position as a formidable force in the beauty industry.

Global Expansion and Cultural Impact

Huda Beauty’s global expansion strategy has been strategic and deliberate. Kattan was able to form partnerships with renowned retailers, pop-up shops, and immersive brand experiences. Huda Beauty’s presence in international markets has not only boosted its revenue but has also facilitated cultural exchange, fostering dialogue and mutual appreciation across diverse communities. In 2020, Forbes estimated Huda Beauty to make at least $250 million in annual sales.

Moreover, Huda Beauty has played a pivotal role in challenging traditional beauty norms and fostering inclusivity. Kattan encourages this by including models of various ethnicities, body types, and gender identities in its marketing campaigns. The brand has sparked conversations about beauty standards and representation, inspiring individuals to embrace their unique identities unapologetically. Adiba Sufti ’24 told me that Kattan’s products allow her to easily find shade in products such as concealer due to the wide shade range. This has greatly helped with her confidence.

#FAUXFILTER Undereye Corrector

One of Kattan’s most innovative products is her launch of the #FAUXFILTER Under Eye Color Corrector. This product can be found in stores such as Sephora and on the Huda Beauty website. Color corrector is a staple for many individuals with hyperpigmentation. It allows for many to correct any darkness they may wish to. Prior to the launch of Huda Beauty’s products, the color corrector was either a terra-cotta orange shade or a light peach. These shades did not work for many individuals as they were either too light or too dark. However, Kattan created different shades catering towards different skin tones. Each shade has its own unique name such as peach, papaya, lychee and blood orange. Sufti told me that it can be difficult to find this color corrector in stock at stores. She has been looking for the shade “papaya” but it has been sold out at Sephora which led her to ultimately purchasing the product from the website. 

Challenges and Future Prospects

While Huda Beauty has had unprecedented success, the brand has not been immune to challenges. Kattan opened up about some of these challenges on her Tiktok account. As the beauty industry becomes increasingly saturated and competitive, maintaining relevance and innovation is extremely difficult. In addition, evolving consumer preferences and trends necessitate continuous adaptation. As a result, brands must constantly adapt and launch products.

Looking ahead, Huda Beauty is poised for further expansion and evolution. With a relentless focus on creativity, authenticity, and inclusivity, the brand is well-positioned to continue shaping the future of beauty. From innovative product launches to immersive brand experiences, Huda Beauty remains at the forefront of the beauty industry, inspiring individuals to express themselves boldly and authentically.

The Future of Huda Beauty Makeup

As Huda Beauty continues to expand its global presence and push the boundaries of beauty innovation, the future of the brand is bright. With a commitment to quality, creativity, and inclusivity, Huda Beauty makeup will certainly remain a staple in the beauty routines of millions around the world. From trend-setting eyeshadow palettes to skin-perfecting foundations and bold lip colors, Huda Beauty offers something for everyone. The brand empowers individuals to express themselves boldly and authentically through makeup. As beauty trends come and go, one thing is certain: Huda Beauty will continue to redefine beauty standards and inspire individuals to embrace their unique beauty with confidence and pride.

In conclusion, Huda Beauty stands as a testament to the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and innovation. From its humble beginnings as a beauty blog to its status as a global beauty empire, the brand’s journey embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and the boundless possibilities of the digital age. As Huda Kattan continues to redefine beauty standards and empower individuals worldwide, the legacy of Huda Beauty will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.

Adiba Sufti ’24 told me that Kattan’s products allow her to easily find shade in products such as concealer due to the wide shade range. 

About the Contributor
Saziea Biva, Staff Reporter
Saziea Biva is an Arts & Entertainment Editor for 'The Science Survey.' In her free time, Saziea enjoys watching T.V. shows and reading. One of her favorite shows is 'Criminal Minds.' In the future, Saziea plans to study psychology. She hopes to continue pursuing journalism and photography in college, and possibly write for her college newspaper. Saziea plans on pursuing a career in medicine.