These five entrepreneurial artists have taken their passion for makeup artistry through the most personal ranks of one-on-one creative transformations to—in some cases—billion-dollar empires.
Signature Star Look – Contour
Often citing her younger sister Mona as her earliest beauty inspiration, over the past decade, Huda Kattan shot to international stardom, taking her entire family with her. The Iraqi-American celebrity makeup artist moved to Dubai in 2006 having earned the art of makeup in Los Angeles. Her early clients included the likes of celebrities Eva Longoria and Nicole Richie. When she launched her lash line under her brand Huda Beauty, Kim Kardashian West was one of its earliest adopters. Kattan’s beauty look has always been a mash-up of more-is-more beauty in neutral tones. The Vogue Arabia cover star is an upcoming guest at the Vogue Arabia Future Beauty Festival. Don’t miss her talk with Manuel Arnaut on July 10th, livestreaming across all Vogue Arabia social channels, including Instagram and Facebook, from 12pm to 5pm.
Signature Star Look – The Kate Moss Cat-Eye
British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury made headlines recently when it was announced that she had sold her eponymous brand for one billion dollars. In 2012, Tilbury launched her YouTube channel and blog along with her brand and she quickly harnessed the help of her celebrity friends. Having worked with Kate Moss on numerous occasions for the likes of British Vogue and other fashion magazines, she made the cat-eye her signature and within a few years earned over two hundred awards for her brand along with shelf space at Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, and Sephora. In December 2016, Tilbury joined Vogue.me for its digital launch, offering a masterclass on Rawan BinHussein transforming her into a mesmerizing dolce vita look, discussing the perfect brow, and showcasing her signature feline flick, serving to elongate and lift the eyes. The video has since been viewed almost 3 million times.
Signature Star Look – Glitter and gloss in rich hues
After moving to London in the Eighties, Pat McGrath launched herself into the beautysphere with no formal training, succeeding based on pure passion and drive. At the turn of the century, she was hired by Giorgio Armani to develop a line of cosmetics, unbeknownst to her at the time, she was building the foundations for creating her own future empire. Finally, in 2015, she launched the highly anticipated Pat McGrath Labs. Her line of beauty products, whose signature was potent color and bold texture, was quantified as a billion-dollar company by 2019 and is the biggest selling beauty line at Selfridges today.
Signature Star Look – Red carpet worthy highlights
Lebanese celebrity makeup artist Bassam Fattouh is the trusted makeup artist for every Arab star across the region, from Vogue Arabia June cover star soprano Majida El Roumi to Elissa, Nancy Ajram, and Haifa Wehbe. The first make-up artist to launch a full-blown advertising campaign in the Middle East, Fattouh’s eponymous make-up line was born ten years ago. His talent has long been recognized by international houses, including Clarins and Dior.
Signature Star Look – A flawless base
A Vogue and Hollywood celebrity makeup artist, Toni Malt boasts over a decade of experience working with the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier, and more, creating looks on celebrities such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stella McCartney, and Nancy Ajram. Author of the book Transform—1 model 60 looks (Assouline), she opened her Toni Malt Makeup Academy in Dubai in August 2018 with the aim to share her knowledge with the younger generation of creatives.