Here's what happened when one of the world's top beauty influencers did my makeup
Huda Kattan is one of the world’s top beauty influencers, and I recently got to hang with her, her sweet sister Mona, and her team at a press event to celebrate upcoming Huda Beauty launches.
Aside from being the ruler of a makeup empire with 20 million fans strong, Huda’s a globetrotter, mom to a six-year-old daughter, and an all around chill woman. Huda’s sister, Mona, was also in the house and we bonded over our love of poetry (she’s also the co-founder of the ultra-popular Dollhouse Dubai Salon #goals). What I’m trying to say is that both sisters are so approachable and sweet, that I wanted to be their bestie!
I got a chance to play with Huda Beauty’s new eyeshadow and highlighter palettes, magical matte lipsticks, and shiny lip strobes. Best of all? Huda herself did my makeup. It’s not every day that a major beauty guru puts her expert brushes to your face, and let’s just say I walked out of the event feeling like a VIP.
Before I got dolled up, I was given the option of getting one feature done up (eyes, lips, or contour) and, of course, I chose eyes. I love sultry, smoky looks, but don’t always have time to execute them. Huda solved this problem by demonstrating a quick-yet-impressive look for the girl-on-the-go.
Huda used her rose gold eyeshadow palette ($65) to create a foolproof, universally flattering style. But, if you don’t have the palette, you can always recreate the look using a bronzer and a burnt orange blush.
To start, Huda applied the shade “Sandalwood,” a reddish bronzer-like color, all over my lids. She confided that she likes to apply a lot of eyeshadow under the eye to create a halo-like effect. Next, she defined my eye shape with the slightly brighter shadow color Henna. After, she used a coppery-orange shade called Trust Fund to punch things up a bit. It’s all about blending!
Huda advised that all-over shadow makes your eyes look bigger, and although some believe that a lot of makeup under the eye makes your eyes look smaller, Huda assured me that this was not the case. (Plus, it can conceal undereye circles.) After, she applied the most perfect liner wing that has ever graced my face in my 20 years of wearing liquid liner.
When it came time for lashes, Huda consulted Mona for input. We decided to go big, and the result were some sunglass-lens-grazing stunners. We used Huda Beauty’s Faux Mink Lashes in the style Farah, $23.
I was particularly impressed with the brand’s lash glue ($13), a pitch black, easy-to-use adhesive that fills in gaps and blends into eyeliner seamlessly.
Behold, the lushest lashes to ever lash.
While Huda proceeded to totally change my life with her eye makeup techniques, I couldn’t help but ask her about her personal beauty routine.
HG: What’s your self-care routine?
HK: I have a lot of lazy-girl hacks, but they’re more like busy-girl hacks. There’s this one that I swear by. When I’m taking a bath, I put oil in the bathtub. It’s the easiest thing. The oil sticks to your skin, and leaves your skin so soft. I like to use coconut oil because it gets soft and melts into the water.
HG: What do you love most about yourself?
HK: That I am me. I don’t give a fuck.