There’s nothing like a dose of daily style and beauty inspiration, and there’s no better place to find what you need than online. The region is more than ever offering audiences remarkable icons who are more representative of what we need. From brilliant young women who beautifully balance work and fashion, inspiring everyone around them, to makeup artists and bloggers sharing the latest beauty trends, here are our top 5 to follow this month:
1. Huda Kattan
Kattan is the only Arab on Forbes’ global list of beauty influencers, at number three. According to Forbes, this 33-year-old Iraqi-American powerhouse studied makeup in Los Angeles after quitting her job in finance. She then moved to Dubai where she started blogging in 2010, and is now the CEO of her own cosmetics company, Huda Beauty.
Vacillating between Cairo, Dubai, and Kuwait, Radwa El Ziki shares with us her stunning and comfortable style creations, each worn with ease, in various locations and laidback poses. From outrageous ornamental earrings, to stark red stockings, to track pants and suit jacket combos, El Ziki is master of pieces that seemingly clash yet look stunning all at once. If anyone can put together an everyday look to remember, it’s definitely her.
3. Taim AlFalasi
This 25-year-old Dubai native has over 2 million followers on Instagram, hundreds of thousands on YouTube, and she even has her own radio show. Named one of the “100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40” by Arabian Business, AlFalasi is known for her flawless style, perfect eyebrows, stunning photos, must-have shades (she actually collects sunglasses), and views on how to balance life as a young, ambitious woman in the Middle Eastern media.
4. Samer Khouzami
If you’re looking for a makeover expert, then look no further. Known as “the master of contouring,” Samer Khouzami is a skillful makeup artist and even has his own line of cosmetics. According to his website, he loves “working on women with strong personalities, women who have had an impact on their society, their careers, their families.”
5. Thana & Sakhaa Abdul
These sister, who originally come from Medina have been in love with fashion ever since they turned teenagers. Their Instagram account and blog, both entitled The Abduls, take their followers across the world to runway shows and fashion shoots. Having worked alongside some of the biggest brand names in the world including Fendi, Kenzo, and Dior, this iconic duo are also founders of Coded Nation, “a multi-brand e-commerce boutique where the sisters spotlight emerging designers and up-and-coming brands.”