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Oh, Boy: Arab Makeup Artists to Follow on Instagram

We’re all familiar with Huda Kattan and Dalal Aldoub, and the countless other extremely talented makeup gurus in the Middle East. But what about their male counterparts? Both established and rising makeup artists, such as the UAE’s Saeed Khalifa, Mohammed Hindash, and Lebanon’s Samer Khouzami, are currently dominating our Instagram feeds, showcasing their undeniable skills one flawless beauty look after another. Here, five must-follow Middle Eastern makeup artists on Instagram who prove that beauty is for the boys, too.

Samer Khouzami
Instagram: @samerkhouzami
Followers: 1.8M

Hailing from Lebanon, Samer Khouzami is a makeup artist known for his out-of-this-world transformations. Featuring photographs of fresh-faced women being transformed into bombshell beauties by way of unique highlighting and contouring techniques, his Instagram feed offers endless makeup inspiration.

Instagram: @makeupbybouba
Followers: 792K

This renowned makeup artist from Lebanon is responsible for making the likes of Haifa Wehbe, Ahlam, and Latifa look flawless by way of his stealth makeup techniques. He also has his own YouTube channel, Beautique by Bouba, where he shares said techniques and makeup tutorials based on current beauty trends.

Mohammed Hindash
Instagram: @hindash
Followers: 270k

An award-winning Jordanian artist based in Dubai, Hindash began as a painter before picking up a makeup brush. His work, which has been featured in over 20 art galleries, focuses on striking black and white beauty portraits. A man of many talents (did we mention he’s a photographer, too?) Hindash puts the “artist” in makeup artist.

Bassam Fattouh

Instagram: @bassamfattouh
Followers: 451K

This Lebanese makeup artist, who has made up the faces of Arab superstars including Haifa Wehbe, Yara, and Elissa among others, is known for his masterclasses, which he holds across the Middle East. Fattouh also recently launched his own range of cosmetics.

Saeed Khalifa
Instagram: @thesaeedkhalifa
Followers: 8K


A Dubai-based photographer, makeup artist and Vogue Arabia contributor Saeed Khalifa’s Instagram feed delivers an endless dose of beauty inspiration in the form of stunning portraits of expertly-applied makeup.

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