Is It Disbelief to Not Give up Wearing Makeup in Public?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Is it disbelief if I can’t give up wearing makeup and I feel that it entails loving makeup more than Allah?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

You are a Muslim whether you wear makeup or not. However, the way of religious women is to limit its application when leaving the home so that you don’t attract the undue attention of the opposite gender. Slight application to cover blemishes and the like would be fine; but doing yourself up would not. Do your best, and ask Allah Most High for steadfastness.

Please also see: Is It Permissible to Have Semi Permanent Eyebrows Done? and: What does the word “adornment” (zeena) in the Qur’an refer to?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.