In 2017, we brought you an insiders look on Muslim beauty in Saudi Arabia. Now, we want to celebrate the worldwide Muslim beauty bloggers living their love of makeup out loud. Personalities like Huda Kattan, have amassed huge fanbases on social media. (Kattan has more than 24.9 million Instagram followers.)
Some of these beauty-loving bloggers and vloggers wear hijabs, while others don’t. (As our July 2017 cover star Halima Aden put it to us, “Some of us are wearing hijab, some of us wearing the turban. Ultimately it comes down to choice.”) Take Quantico actress Yasmine Al Massri for example. On-screen, she wears a hijab, while in her everyday life, she leaves her head uncovered.
Other silver screen heroines like Ginella Massa, who was Canada’s first hijab-wearing news anchor, and the aforementioned Halima Aden, the first pageant queen to wear a burkini and hijab in a competition, defy and redefine beauty standards. Through these powerful women, we’ve learned, as Nura Afia once wrote on Instagram, “Hijab is not a symbol of oppression but a symbol of empowerment. It forces people to reckon with you beyond just your looks. For me, it’s an inseparable part of who I am.”
Without further ado, here is a selection of our favorite Muslim beauty bloggers to follow. One caveat: There are many, many other Muslim beauty experts and enthusiasts you should definitely have on your radar from all over the world, so just consider this a good starting place.
The Dubai-based makeup artist’s vibrant macro eye makeup shots will inspire you to dip into the brightest colors in your eye shadow palette. Plus, we respect and related to her affinity for glitter liner.
2. Hani Hans
3. Shahd Batal
When Shahd started covering her head, she was incredibly open about her decision on social media and continues to be. Also? She knows how to make her cheekbones radiate all the light.
4. Rumena Begum
The 25-year-old’s Getting Ready With Me videos are absolutely adorable. Rumena is a pro at super glam special event makeup. Bookmark her for the next time you’re going to a wedding or doing it up big.
Between running a scarf company and a falsie business, Amena still somehow finds the time to post beauty tutorials and informative makeup reviews on YouTube.
Better known as Dress Your Face to her 2.6 million Instagram followers, Tamanna is kinda like the Muslim Mario Dedivanovic. She, too, is known for masterclasses and contouring. (No Kim Kardashian connection, though — yet.)
8. Nabela Noor
This YouTube star went viral after spreading a message of self-love through makeup. Through her popular channel, she’s hoping to continue these efforts and provide representation for plus-sized women.
Yasmine is the queen of the casual selfie. She once took one with a toilet in the background, and she still looked better than we ever would. As for her makeup chops, we can’t get over her cut-crease skills.
Osob’s glittery mini beauty tutorials are so mesmerizing. We could easily go down a rabbit hole of watching Instagram video after Instagram video on her feed.
11. Chinutay A.
Chinutay posts simple how-to beauty tutorials on her YouTube channel. We’re fans with her faux-freckle look and her luxe chiffon scarf company, Chinutay & Co.
12. Sabina Hannan
This 22-year-old’s brows are next level. On her YouTube channel, you can watch just how she fills and sculpts her bold arches.
13. Jasmine Ali
Swear by red lipstick? So does Jasmine Ali. We love seeing the looks she comes up with to complement the iconic beauty classic.
14. Jawaher Badr
Jawaher Badr doesn’t take herself too seriously, and neither should you. Her thumbnails are as hilarious as her tutorials are informative.
15. Begum Sham
The only thing more glorious than the 22-year-old’s luscious hair is her flushed cheek makeup looks.
Rianne’s glam tutorials are the perfect source for product reviews and to see the latest launches in action.
New York City-based blogger Yasmeena will give your wanderlust with her posts and make you want to recreate her low-key looks ASAP.
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