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Announcing the Virtual Vogue Future Beauty Festival’s Lineup

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Makeup by Daniel Kolaric using Pat McGrath Cosmetics photographed by Desiree Mattsson for Vogue Arabia

The wait is over, as Vogue Arabia is announcing the lineup of the Vogue Future Beauty Festival. On July 10, joining us for a virtual celebration of all things beauty and wellness are Iraqi-American beauty mogul Huda Kattan, legendary hairstylist Sam McKnight, Lebanese makeup-artist-to-the-stars Bassam Fattouh, and many more game-changing players of the industry.

From tutorials, masterclasses, to forethoughtful discussions — it is all coming together right here on, to help you look and feel your very best. Livestreaming across all Vogue Arabia social channels, including Instagram and Facebook, festivalgoers can expect five hours of various sessions to tune into from the comfort of your homes from 12pm to 5pm.

Starting with Lebanese makeup artist Bassam Fattouh, learn how to achieve the glamorous red carpet looks spotted on some of your favorite Arab stars like Elissa and Nancy Ajram. Next, Chanel beauty ambassador and leading editorial makeup artist Toni Malt will shine a light on just how related wellness and skin health are, as well as the role skin-prep plays in the final result of your look. If contouring is one beauty technique you can’t seem to master, this is your chance to learn the dos and don’ts of the art from Malt herself, who will also share her tips on bronzing and strobing.

Iconic hairstyles hold a special place in your heart? You can’t miss this session featuring the man behind nearly all of them. Celebrity hairstylist Sam McKnight, who is known for working with fashion icons like Princess Diana and Kate Moss, will look back on his career spanning four decades and share his top ten favorite looks with Vogue Arabia beauty editor Alexandra Venison. Aesthetic doctor Marwa Ali will take the space next for what will be an enlightening session moderated by TV host Diala Makki on the comparison between ‘tweakments’ and treatments. Dubbed the “queen of injectables”, Dr Marwa will also take viewers through the latest developments in the world of cosmetic surgery.

Next, the festival will take you to Vermont where alongside Lebanese model Jessica Kahawaty, Tata Harper, the pioneer of farm-to-face skincare and founder of her namesake brand, will walk viewers through her farm in the state. Known as the “queen of green skincare,” Harper will also delve into the entire ‘farm to factory; to shelf’ process to highlight just how life-changing it can be. This session will be followed by one on all things scents and perfumes, with Kilian Hennessy himself joining in. Accompanied by Amna Al Habtoor of Arcadia fragrances, Hennessy will discuss what it is like creating perfumes in the Middle East, and how traditional Arab notes are becoming internationally recognized and sought after.

The next session is for anyone tired of seeing experts create stunning hairstyles effortlessly on others and then struggled to recreate it on themselves. Highly-acclaimed hairstylist Natalie Kasses, Creative Director of Pastels Salon, and Dyson’s styling ambassador in the Middle East will walk viewers through an exclusive hair tutorial by styling herself so that you can follow along at home. Using a single hairdryer from Dyson’s range of devices, Kasses will show how you can create those elusive everyday natural waves without damaging your hair.

Huda Kattan, Manuel Arnaut

Huda Kattan will be interviewed by editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut. Photography Domen / Van de Velde and Ethan Mann

And finally, make sure to tune in for the last session where Iraqi-American beauty mogul Huda Kattan will be interviewed by Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut. Expect to learn more about what is next for the former cover star who is fresh off of launching the new Legit Lashes by Huda Beauty and has also launched a whole new skincare brand called Wishful not too long ago.

Binge-watch all the sessions in their entirety, or come and go as you please; unlike a physical festival, dressing up in your closet’s best threads is optional. All you need is your beauty kit if you wish to follow along with a tutorial or simply, your readiness to let the inspiring sessions help you get to the best version of yourself.

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