by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

6 Halal Beauty Brands You Should Know

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Clean, vegan and organic beauty products are increasingly common, but looking for Halal-certified makeup and skincare can still be a struggle. To be Halal-certified, products have to be free of alcohol (which is a common ingredient used in products), and avoid any ingredients derived from animals, particularly pigs or dogs, which are “haram” in the Islam religion.

These Halal-friendly products also have to be manufactured with materials and equipment that are permissible under Islamic laws. Adding onto the strict guidelines, the certification process alone can take up to 2 years, making Halal-compliant beauty brands uncommon on the market. Ahead is a list of beauty brands that are suitable for Muslim women everywhere.


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Founder Amira Geneid and her sister created Zahara, a Singapore-based luxury halal cosmetic brand, with the aim of helping Muslim women obtain quality Halal-compliant cosmetics. The beauty brand is not only Halal-certified, it’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free too. The brand also ships for a flat rate of SGD5 around Singapore, or you can buy SGD30 or more to get free shipping.

dUCk Cosmetics

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Malaysian blogger, entrepreneur and founder of the Duck Group Vivy Yusof created the brand dUCk Cosmetics because of the lack of Halal makeup on the market. The brand works with a renowned make-up artist who advises them on the formula and development, as well as with reputable factories in China and the United Kingdom to produce the cosmetics. All products at dUCK are 100% halal, cruelty-free and paraben-free.

So.LEK Cosmetics

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Siblings Dahlia Nadirah and Luqman Hakim Juhari started Malaysian brand So.LEK to provide quality products at an affordable price. One of their best-selling products is the Kilat nail polish range. With about 13 colours available, the Kilat range is easy to apply and remove, water permeable, peel-able and it’s cruelty-free. 

Breena Beauty

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Beauty blogger Sabrina Tajuddin created Breena Beauty with the idea of giving women access to quality makeup essentials in mind. Where most makeup brands focus on makeup products, Breena Beauty offers basics that are affordable without compromising on quality, like the brand’s makeup brushes, which are fashioned from synthetic fibres instead of animal hair to make it suitable for Muslim women. Your best bet is to get the Face Essential Kit for the full experience.

Velvet Vanity

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Velvet Vanity is a 100% cruelty-free, vegan and fun makeup brand inspired by youth culture. Launched in 2016 by well-known Malaysian influencer, Adlina Nadirah, the brand boasts offerings for both women and men. Their Liquid Matte Lipsticks and Super Slim Sticks are hugely known for being lightweight and creamy.

Rosé All Day

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Founded by three women, Rosé All Day is an Indonesian beauty brand that creates beauty products that are the perfect essentials for an everyday “no-makeup” makeup look. Formulated without parabens, cruelty-free and Halal-certified, the brand’s products keep the focus on enhancing one’s natural beauty without concealing it. We’re huge fans of their non-comedogenic SPF50 sunscreen Don’t Forget Sunscreen and the Lip Gloss Pill, a non-sticky, subtle lip gloss infused with Vitamin E, sun protection and ester oil.