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Wudhu Friendly Makeup


Prayer and makeup.  Can we wear it and still pray?  Do we have to remove it before we do wudhu? Does wearing it invalidate your prayer?

Firstly, their cannot be a barrier that prevents water from reaching any part of the skin when doing wudhu.  There are different opinions, but some also say that chemical ingredients of cosmetics products should be derived from halal ingredients.

Abu Huraira (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said, “When the Muslim – or believing – slave does wudu’ and washes his face, every wrong thing at which his eyes have looked leaves with the water – or with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, every wrong thing which his hands have touched leaves with the water – or with the last drop of water. When he washes his feet. every wrong thing to which his feet have walked leaves with the water – or with the last drop of water, until he emerges cleansed of sins.”

Muslim women

Here are some tips to help you look pretty during your day without making a mess of your face after each prayer.


Waterproof makeup is very difficult to remove and creates a barrier against the skin which will invalidate your wudhu.


Primers allow makeup and eyeshadow to last longer.  If you’ve applied a primer underneath your eyeshadow, due to its sticky texture it creates a strong base which won’t allow water to pass through.  If you want a bit of color on your lids, skip the primer and sweep on a bit of shadow or simply take a colored eye pencil and smudge it onto the eyes.  Smudged eye pencil will give you color pay off and is easy to remove as is eyeshadow without eye primer.


When going out for work or during the day opt for powder foundation applied loosely with a large powder brush instead of applying liquid or creamy foundations which definitely create a barrier on the skin.  Same rule applies for blush – powder over cream.


Soften up the lines you create on your face.  You don’t need strong eyeliner during the day regardless.  To avoid having to wash off your liquid or gel eyeliner before wudhu, simply use a black eyeshadow applied with an angle brush for a soft and easy removable line.  You can follow the same rule for the eyebrows.  If you love those strong and defined brows you won’t have a choice but to remove and reapply.  To give the eyes “halal” definition you can apply a kohl to the top and bottom waterlines of the eye, you don’t have to remove it for your wudhu to be valid.


It’s true – 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.  While you are wearing lipstick many women end up licking their lips, or consume the lipstick while they are eating or drinking.  To be safe get yourself some vegan lipsticks (I LOVE OCC Liptars now available at Sephoras in North America and online) and if you want to avoid having to remove lipsticks before prayer get yourself a lip stain.


If you must wear makeup products like creamy concealers, lipstick and penciled in eyebrows its best to always keep makeup removing wipes and a mini eye makeup remover in your purse to help you quickly and easily remove your makeup.  Also keep your daily makeup essentials in your bag so you can quickly touch up after you’ve prayed.

On a side note, religion is everyone’s own personal journey.  Don’t judge others who may not be as far a long as you are.  🙂


Halal Cosmetic Brands

Here is a list of some Halal Makeup Brands – I haven’t seen or tried any of them so feel free to explore the brands out for yourself.

1.  Samina Pure Makeup http://www.saminapuremakeup.co.uk/
2.  Wardah http://www.wardahbeauty.com/en
3.  One Pure http://www.onepurehalalbeauty.com/
4.  FX Mineral Cosmetics http://www.fxcosmetics.co.uk/
5.  Inika http://inika.com.au/
6.  Mihri http://www.mihri.com.tr/en/Mihri_Istanbul_Halal_Certificated_Cosmetics
7.  Halal and Organic www.halalcosmeticsproduct.com
8.  Amara Cosmetics http://www.amaracosmetics.com/site/
10. Hala Cosmetics Co www.halalcosco.com

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    July 3, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Firstly, their (there is the correct word) cannot be a barrier that prevents water from reaching any part of the skin when doing wudhu.

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    November 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Is foundation really creating a barrière? i dont think so. Its not like a vernis or something. Hmmm i dont know, im doubting. I always do wudu, even if i have foundation on.

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    February 4, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I may disagree with myself avoiding creamy products because i have extremely oily skin which makes powder make up oxidise quickly. But yes… foundation does create a barrier because it usually contains oil, or if its oil free, it will clog your pores nonetheless. Thus, creating a barrier when performing wudhu.

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    February 4, 2015 at 4:56 am

    wudhu is an act to sustain a creations clearliness.
    Not supporting the non halal product, but get the facts right, who can proof on how waterproof is waterproof? How strong is humans creations that it can defeat HIS creations which is skin & water.

    Dun get confuse with syriah, ingredient haram tk bererti haram untuk digunakan seperti alcohol, dan ingredient halal tk bererti ia halal untuk digunakan seperti hair dye & makeup.

    Its good to wear halal product to convinced urself that u deeds are being accepted. In my opinion, its also not wrong to use other non halal certified product if u felt its fine.
    After all, the deeds only Allah swt knows if its accepted nor rejected(nausubillahiminzallik).

    Wsalam readers

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      July 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Sis Norlica, you are indeed a wise person.

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        February 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

        Howerver isnt it a waste if u put on make up and in the end ur deeds are not accepted. So to avoid all confusion, avoid make ups, avoid waswas. Deeds comes first… Its more important than make up. Just my 2cents of opinion.

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    February 4, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Sis Layla, if u hv doubt abt it better to leave it than doing coz it will

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    February 4, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Because it is better for your iman. Wallahu ‘alam.

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    Zera Ally

    February 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Just keep a facial wash in your purse. Whatever it is.. no harm in just washing your face before wudhu.

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      April 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Absolutely correct reapply makeup again..may Allah SWA guide us all to be on the right path Aameen

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    February 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    thank god i managed to convince my wife to stop wearing make up.

    natural beauty is masha Allah!

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    December 18, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Washing your face with bar soap is the worst thing you could do! Unfortunately my mom was raised old school and I grew up washing my face with bar soap, and it left my face a mess. I ONLY use natural milky face cleansers now that are super gentle. Now I have been obsessed with the Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser – because it is EXCELLENT at removing foundation.

    I am also VERY sensitive around my eyes, and this Made from Earth Cleanser is so gentle when I remove my eye make – my eyes dont water at all. STOP USING BAR SOAP! I cant stress that enough !

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    January 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I’m an architecture student, so I usually have to go out early and went back at midnight. I wear make up in the morning and when I have to wudu i’ll just usually do it without removing my make up (im not wearing mascara or eyeliner) for everyday makeup i use foundation and liptint. But how do you know if that foundation is waterproof or not? Im using bourjois healthy serum and does it allows water to pass trough? or sometimes i used etudehouse bb cream. is it waterproof? how can u check if that certain foundation or bb cream is waterproof? sorry for the many questions. i have many doubts about what im wearing after reading this

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    February 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

    By washing your face with face wash will clean up all the make up.. I think by doing this i’ll be more confident and no worries about the left over make up at my face…

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    April 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Assalamu aleikum sisters! I found this page due to my search for wudhu-friendly makeup. Correct me if I’m wrong; if I wear non waterproof makeup such as loose powder and powdered eyeshadow I don’t have to remove it before wudhu? It’s okay to wash over this but not rubbing it away? Thanks/Sister S

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      Nilo Haq

      April 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I’m not a scholar so best to do your own research, but yes from my knowledge that is correct

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    April 6, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Assalamu alaikum sister
    Do you know if lip stains are water permeable (if I make wudu will the water pass through?) Jazaki Allahu khairan.

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    Simra Shahid

    May 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    There is a new lipstick in the market that is the tattoo lipstick. It is very popular but I was wondering if we can pray while it is applied. Thank you !!!!

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    July 7, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    What if you wear waterproof eyeliner in your lower eyelid which is under your eye? Would wudhu still be valid because the eyeliner is inside the eye?

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    Ayat Rodriguez

    July 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Just look up water soluble makeup. Water soluble means it easily dissolves in water, so inshallah that way the water penetrates.

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    Halal Cosmetics

    August 5, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Jazaka’Allah Khair for Sharing. It’s wonderful to see many people are looking for halal cosmetics and skin care.

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    August 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    is jully rose matte lipgloss halal please…….

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    September 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    You should also checkout the halal makeup by Tuesday in Love. They’re the company that made the water permeable nailpolish 🙂

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