The Ruling on Using Makeup/Nail Polish etc in Islaam.
The question on the permissibility/impermissibility of conventional makeup, nail polish, lipstick etc is one which is often discussed, but which causes a lot of problems for the masses who are left confused on its ruling.
The main problem with all these things is not the ingredients, or whether it is waterproof or not, but rather it is the fact that primarily it is Tashabbuh (imitation) of immoral Kuffaar.
Hadhrat `Abdullaah Ibn `Umar Radhiallaahu `Anhumaa said that Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Whoever imitates a people then he is of them.” – Sunan Abu Daawood.
The second problem is that the women who wear these things only apply it for the purpose of going out in public, where they inevitably will be seen by Ghayr Mahaarim males regardless of whether they intended to make a display of themselves or not.
Allaah Ta`aalaa says in Surah Al-Ahzaab, Aayah 33: “And remain in your homes, and do not display yourselves like the display of the days of ignorance…”
Thus by them doing so, they incur sin both upon themselves as well as the men who are tempted by them.
Putting aside all the other problems that comes along with the usage of makeup etc, if just these two issues are taken into consideration then it becomes clear to see that it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to use makeup and nail polish etc.
So in conclusion the issue is not whether there are Haraam ingredients in the nail polish, makeup etc, because even though all the ingredients may be Halaal, and it may even be washable under normal water thus washing away during Wudhoo and Ghusl, but these two factors of Tashabbuh and Tabarruj (displaying one’s self) will still be found, thereby causing it to be Haraam.
And Allaah Knows Best.