Pro Tips Every Makeup-Obsessed Hijabi Woman Should Know

This article was syndicated from Shaikha Chic as part of Her Campus's Muslim Women's Day celebration.

Let's be real — it can sometimes be a tricky road to navigate when it comes to expressing yourself as a hijabi woman. You're left asking yourself questions lik what will society say? What will my friends at the mosque say? What will my dad’s cousin’s wife’s sister in law say? But here’s the thing: indulging in self-expression through beauty or fashion does not equate to not being a good Muslim. News flash, world! You can express yourself and be an exemplary Muslim at the same time!

I wear the hijab, but I love a red lip and a winged eyeliner. I love when my highlight is popping and that perfect setting spray keeps my makeup on throughout the day. I’m a head-scarf wearing, practicing Muslim woman that loves to play around with makeup. Since I see so many young girls and even some older women struggling with self-expression and hiding away, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top pro beauty tips for hijabi women to get the ball rolling and provide inspiration to anyone that may need it.

Setting spray is your BFF

Do yourself a favor and buy that setting spray you've been eyeing. Invest in a good setting spray to ensure your makeup doesn’t transfer to your scarf at any point during the day. Nothing is worse than trying to get foundation off your hijab. My current favorites? MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ and the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.

No concealer, no problem

Concealer who? It’s all about the hijab! While you may be annoyed that your hijab is covering that perfect contour, remember it’s not all bad. You can use your hijab to your advantage! Have some stubborn, new acne on your cheeks or forehead? No problem, tug at your hijab to cover it! Foundation doesn’t match your neck? NBD, who’s gonna see?

Bust out the bold lip



Today’s look is a permanent mood. ✊?

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When in doubt, bring that red lip out. Feeling confused, unsure or doubtful? Nothing a red lip can’t fix! I don’t know about anyone else but any time I put on a red lip, I feel like the baddest, most fierce boss-girl in the world. Not sure if it’ll work for you? Well, there’s only one way to find out!

At the end of the day, you’ve just got to remember to be yourself. Stay true to yourself because once you believe in yourself, so will everyone around you. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to makeup. Just have fun with it and you’ll be fine!

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