“My, don’t you look different”

Marilyn Monroe said that a smile is the best makeup a girl can wear. I agree. But that’s not going to hinder me from applying on a little bit of concealer or eye shadow.

I love makeup as much as the next girl (normal girl), but I think there’s a line. Contouring and highlighting goes over that fake-line. Like, waaayy over the line. Who’re you trying to fool? And why would you want to have a thinner nose for only a couple of hours?

Here’s a thought: You know those pictures that you get? The one’s with the before and after shots? They usually come with a “And I can barely conceal a spot” caption? Yes, those. Keep them in mind.

Now let’s play pretend. You hire one of these artists (yes, because your face is the canvas) for your wedding day , and get yourself ‘painted up’. No problems?  No (no yet at least). What happens when you have to wash it off? I mean, even if you sleep with it for one night (even i know that’s a mistake), it’s got to come off sometime. What happens then? Because I don’t know about you, but to me, the differences can be scary! Yeah, good luck explaining where your cheekbones disappeared to (mean, I’m sorry, but true).

We know that we aren’t allowed to reveal ourselves in front of Non-Mahrams. A woman is commanded to cover herself in front of them.  It is thus obvious that we also won’t be allowed to wear makeup in front of Non-Mahrams. That would mean that you were beautifying yourself for them, and even though that might not be true, one would still bear the sin of such an act.

It is written in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (17/129): “There is no reason why a woman should not adorn herself by wearing makeup on her face, or kohl, or doing her hair in a manner that does not make her resemble Kaafir women, but it is also essential that she cover her face in front of men who are not her Mahrams.”

You want to rob a store (Astaghfirullah, don’t try this), it’d be easier for you to wear that changes-your-whole-face make up than to put on one of those Balaclava’s. Those masks look pretty uncomfortable to me! Then again, I haven’t tried plastering myself, so that could also be uncomfortable. And also, professional make up costs you anywhere upwards from R350 (for something that lasts ONE day and one day only, might I mention) whereas a top-of-the-range balaclava (apparently it’s very comfy and not at all stifling) sets you back only R150 at the most. And, you get to use it again and again (for skiing, not robbing stores, please)!

Note that as long wudhu is made before applying makeup, your salaah would still be accepted. It is, however, better for us to read one’s salaah without being in our artificial body.

Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.

May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.

Love and Duas,



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