Firstly, religion is everyone’s own personal journey. Don’t judge others who may not be as far a long as you are. This post is for information purposes only; please do your own research as we are not scholars. May God guide us all to be on the right path. Ameen.
We wanted to do a Ramadan Edition and talk about makeup and some tips for wearing makeup while maintaining your Wudhu. This is something women have struggled with for ages and everyone has their own opinion. To start of let's define some terms so we have a better understanding:
Wudu (ablution): is the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body, a type of ritual purification. Wudu involves washing the hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head, and feet with water, and is an important part of ritual purity in Islam. Source: Wikipedia
So basically the challenge is how do you wear makeup throughout the day when you have to perform a cleansing ritual 5 times a day (we understand that this is a consistent struggle and not something only during Ramadan). Because, there is the issue of being pure, and ensuring there is no barrier that prevents water from reaching any part of the skin when doing wudu; how do you actually wear makeup and not look like a hot mess?
Personally I avoid makeup during Ramadan as much as possible. If I am going out at night for a Iftar (Breaking your fast) party then I do use alot more makeup especially, since I know I can go home and wash my face before praying. Rather I focus on my skin more in Ramadan and use more natural makeup. Ramadan is about taking your attention away from materialistic things and focusing on God, and what could be better than accepting your inner beauty, and the perfect way God has created you. Also, this is a great way to use the month to detox your skin as well! Fasting detoxes your body and by avoiding makeup you can detox your skin from chemicals found in makeup.....trust us, your skin will thank you!
- Don't use Waterproof Makeup: When performing Wudu, the water must touch your skin and so waterproof makeup creates a barrier.
- Powder over liquid: For foundations, some foundations have a filmy substance that is waterproof and so creates a barrier once again. Powders applied loosely with a large power brush can help your skin breathe and is permeable. This rule would apply to powder blushes as well as opposed to a cream blush.
- Avoid Primer: A primer has a tacky texture and won’t allow water to pass through. If you want a bit of color on your lids, skip the eyeshadow primer and sweep on a bit of shadow or simply take a colored eye pencil and smudge it onto the eyes. If you are used to priming your skin before applying your foundation, this might be tough but remember you can always touch-up your foundation throughout the day if necessary.
- Skip the setting spray: Sorry ladies! Once again this creates an impermeable layer on your skin which won't allow water through.
- To lipstick or not?: The average woman consumes 4-9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Some lipsticks are made with chemicals and non-halal ingredients such as gelatin, fatty acids and alcohol. If you want to avoid having to remove lipsticks before prayer get yourself a lip stain. This means avoiding lip balms/gloss as well.
- Always carry makeup wipes! In case you need to remove your makeup or re-touch it.
- Wear Kohl instead of eyeliner: Rim your eyes with kohl and it's 100% halal (bonus!)
- Focus on your Skin! spend time on your skincare regime. I spend more time using sheet masks and moisturizers than makeup. Your skin looks amazing on Eid and its a great way to detox your skin from wearing makeup everyday.
- Add a serum or oil to your moisturizer to give your skin a glow.
- I avoid mascara all together only because I always end up smudging it.
- When washing your face for Wudu; splash water on your face and lightly rub your face as opposed to scrubbing it.
- Complete your wudu and then apply makeup. Sometimes the prayers are closer together so you won't have to perform ablution again, which means less touch-ups or application.
The easiest way to keep your makeup and wudu in tact would be to do your makeup 5 times a day but seriously who has time for that?
If I want to wear makeup during the day while fasting, I start off by adding a serum and face oil in moisturizer as a base. Once that is dry, I lightly tap on a mineral powder or you can use a BB cream as well. Add a little blush and highlighter, touch up my brows (with powder) and with a kohl, I may rim my eyes or use a black eyeliner pencil to lightly brush on a line to accentuate my eyes. I will admit I do miss wearing lipstick but you can easily use some Vaseline at night, so during the day your lips are moisturized.
This doesn't mean that you can't wear makeup at all during fasting; to each their own! I have seen many women with a full face of makeup during Ramadan and you should wear what you are comfortable with.
We hoped your enjoyed this post! Our next Ramadan edition will be on Halal makeup....stay tuned!
Images: Vogue Arabia