Huda was born on October 2, 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,  as one of four children.  Her parents are both from Iraq.  The family later moved to Cookeville, Tennessee, and then to Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  Huda attended the University of Michigan–Dearborn where she majored in finance.   
In 2006, Huda moved to Dubai, since her father was offered a teaching position there.   A few years later, Huda moved to Los Angeles, where she studied makeup.     Among her clients were celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Nicole Richie.  Huda then returned to Dubai where she became employed by Revlon as a makeup artist.   In April 2010, upon the advice of one of her sisters, Huda started a beauty-related WordPress blog which she named “Huda Beauty” on which she would post makeup tutorials and tips.     
Kapoor will later be joined by Lebanese-British TV presenter Raya Abirached. (Supplied)
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On Monday, the Huda Beauty founder announced in an Instagram video that she’ll be donating $100,000 to makeup artists who can’t work for the time being. She also said she plans to split the donation between 100 artists, providing them with $1,000 each.
“I’ve just been feeling very overwhelmed with emotion, and I have so many knots in my stomach right now,” she continued.
Sophia Amoruso: Well, hopefully she has equity in the company.
Huda Kattan: I mean, people there love beauty. They’re not afraid to experiment with beauty. It’s part of the culture from a very young age. I feel like in the States, people don’t wear as much makeup. They don’t necessarily need to. We have features that can take a lot of makeup. Like my eyelids, if I don’t wear a ton of eyeliner, they just look different. I look so much better with liner. So I do feel like it’s . You know, it’s so weird. I grew up in Tennessee and I was like, “Why am I wearing so much eyeliner? I don’t understand.” But it’s genuinely our features can take it. I wear crazy lashes.
In 2010, a talented makeup artist launched a beauty blog out of her flat in Dubai, with the only comments to her posts coming from her sisters. Two years later, in the summer months of 2012, two McKinsey & Company colleagues decided to quit their jobs, and start a ride-hailing digital business. Another two years later, in February 2014, a passionate publishing and sales executive gathered a group of like-minded colleagues to create a media publishing house that would truly deliver and cater to the needs of the Middle East region, vowing to give a voice to the current and future generations of business leaders in the Arab world.
Founder and CEO, Huda Beauty