NEW YORK: Hot tip: If you’re on the hunt for new makeup brands to add to your lineup, you don’t want to sleep on the Halal beauty world (i.e., makeup that adheres to Islamic law). From shimmery eyeshadows, to lightweight foundations, to long-lasting nail polishes, there are legit so many Halal-certified makeup brands out there to play with, whether you follow the rules of Halal in your daily life already, or you’re just looking to support some Halal brands and try new products. Ahead, all the deets on the seven Halal makeup brands you need to check out ASAP.
What is Halal makeup?
Halal—which translates to “permissible” in Arabic—means a product is only formulated, manufactured, and produced with ingredients that are accepted under Islamic law. According to Safia Ghanim, operations manager and senior technical auditor at the ISWA Halal Certification Department, halal makeup products are free of (1) alcohol, (2) animals that are forbidden to Muslims and/or are not slaughtered according to Shariah law, (3) anything that is defined as “najs” (which means “filth” or “unclean,” and includes things like pork and blood), and more.
FYI: Just because a brand has Halal-compliant ingredients, it doesn’t mean it’s automatically Halal-certified. Ghanim explains that in order for a makeup brand to receive legit Halal certification, every step of production and distribution is analyzed to make sure it meets the requirements in full—a process that ends up being pretty lengthy. In general, Ghanim says you can expect all Halal-certified cosmetics to be “clean, pure, hygienic, and healthy” (which, TBH, anyone can benefit from in their makeup or skincare products).
What are the best Halal makeup brands?
Great question! Keep scrolling for seven of the best Halal makeup brands, including one that’s known for its pigmented eyeshadow palettes, one that has everything from liquid foundations to silky-smooth lipsticks, and so much more.
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Looking to add a few makeup staples to your lineup? Yeah, Amara Cosmetics has every product you need and none of the ones you don’t. The collection includes Halal-certified pressed blush, liquid eyeliner, mini eyeshadow palettes, and rich matte lipsticks (like Berry Red, pictured here), all of which are easy to layer and blend.
Along with the IG-worthy packaging, you’ll also the pigmented, long-lasting eyeshadow palettes of this Halal makeup brand. And since these shades are definitely too pretty to smudge with your fingertips, the brand has a few angled eyeshadow brushes you can add to your cart, too.
Not only is 786 nail polish made without animal products or alcohol, but it’s also water permeable. That means “water can penetrate through [the] nail polish, allowing you to perform Wudu and pray without having to remove it,” the brand says. The color range is pretty impressive too—you’ll find a nice mix of pinks, neutrals, and statement hues (like this moody green, Gaza).
Everything you’ll find from this Australian-based brand is organic, cruelty-free, and Halal—including Inika’s liquid foundation, which is spiked with hyaluronic acid for extra-hydrating coverage. Makeup aside, the brand also carries skincare (think: lightweight facial oils, eye cream, and micellar water).
Sry, but can we take a moment to appreciate this cute little eyeshadow and blush palette? Phb Ethical Beauty has a wide range of Halal-certified makeup, skincare, and body products that are equally as great, including a flake-free mascara, a glowy moisturizer, and a shea butter body cream. P.S. Even though this brand is UK-based, they’ve got worldwide shipping.
Another Halal-certified breathable nail polish collection, Vivre Cosmetics’ polishes are quick-drying, long-lasting, and even spiked with vitamins C and B5. I’m personally a fan of the shade Ferris Wheel Affair (a creamy powder blue, pictured here), though Under the Stars (a bright purple) is just as fun.
Halal-Certified Shade M launched with just one hero product—a matte liquid lipstick—but when it’s this pigmented, creamy, and long-lasting, what more could you need? The brand’s got 15 super-pretty shades, like Lila (the neutral pink pictured here) and Mauj (a deep berry).