RULING ON USING LIPSTICK

Praise be to Allaah.

In Islam it is permissible to use anything that is used to adorn or beautify oneself.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“He it is Who created for you all that is on earth”

[al-Baqarah 2:29]

However, the reason and intention to beautify oneself matters. If a woman intends to beautify herself for her husband than that is allowed and even encouraged as it is permissible in shareeah.

But beautifying oneself where haraam is involved is not permissible, like adorning oneself for non-mahram men, to whom showing off your beauty is not allowed.

Also, the condition involves that the thing used to adorn oneself must not contain any harmful substance that may harm the person in any way or that is impure such as pig fat. In that case, it is haraam, because we are forbidden to do things that will harm us, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “there should be no harming or reciprocating harm.”

There is nothing wrong in wearing lipstick as according to the basic principle of Islam it is permissible until it is clear that their use is haram.

If a lipstick is harmful to the lips say for example it dries out the lips, makes them become cracked then, in that case, it is not permissible to use them at all. Because it is proven in authentic hadith that a person is not allowed to harm himself in any way.

Dr Wajeeh Zayn al-‘Aabideen wrote an article inal-Wa’i al-Islami magazine about the harm that the cosmetics which are widely used by women nowadays may cause. In this article he said:

Lipstick may cause swelling of the lips or drying and cracking of the thin skin of the lips, because it removes the protective layer of the lips.

Quoted from Zeenat al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah by Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah al-Fawzaan, p. 51

So Muslim women should make sure, before using any of the commonly-used cosmetics, that it will not cause any damage to her body.

And Allaah knows best.