Lipstick Day at UM-Dearborn

July 24, 2019

Celebrate alumna, “modern-day founder” of the holiday Huda Kattan ('07 B.B.A.)

UM-Dearborn fashionistas are no doubt aware that July 29 is National Lipstick Day, but they may not know that College of Business alumna Huda Kattan ('07 B.B.A.), well-known beauty mogul, YouTube star and one of Forbes’s “Richest Self-Made Women,” is considered the modern-day founder of the holiday.

Called the “$1 Billion Queen of Beauty,” Huda is most famous for her billion dollar company, Huda Beauty, which she runs with husband Chris Goncalo ('08 M.S.Fin.), also a UM-Dearborn alumnus. She has been recently featured on the covers of UK Cosmopolitan and Vogue Arabia and profiled by CNN and USA Today among others. She has a popular website/blog,, a YouTube channel, and has about 37 million followers on Instagram!

Known around the world as a beauty and lifestyle influencer, and she still credits her experience at UM-Dearborn, specifically working with ICMC Director Mike Callahan, as key to her success. “Mr. C was by far the most amazing mentor I have had the pleasure of working with…his principles still continue to impact my decisions as a CEO of a multinational company and now mentor,” she says on her LinkedIn page.

To celebrate Lipstick Day and recognize the tremendous business accomplishments of Huda and Chris, we are asking UM-Dearborn beauties to post pictures of themselves in their favorite lipstick! Use #UMDearbornLipstickDay or post to our UM-Dearborn social media sites. Tell us a little about yourself (your major and year at UM-Dearborn, career goals, etc.), how you feel in your favorite lipstick, and how you’re inspired by successful UM-Dearborn alumni like Huda and Chris. You will be entered to win a basket of Huda Beauty gift items. And we’ll be reaching out to Huda with the best posts!

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