Today I was telling one of my friends that I want to pursue a career in the makeup artistry. I love makeup, but then she brought up how she thinks makeup is haraam in Islam. I hope you can answer this question and help me out: Is makeup haraam in Islam?


All the customs and acts which are not deemed haraam by the shari’ah are allowed.

Makeup is not impermissible unless it is done to show to a ghayr mahram. However one thing to bear in mind is that most of the makeup products create a waterproof layer on the skin which restricts the flow of water onto the skin and would cause wudu and ghusl to be invalid. Therefore extra caution must be shown to remove the makeup whilst making wudu or ghusl.

Allah knows best.

Answered by Mawlana Mohammed Kashif

Also see:

[Q-ID0426] Is it allowed to wear ‘Halal’ nail polish?

[Q-ID0113] Can I pray Salah whilst wearing makeup?

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