With Ramadhan in full swing, it’s only a matter of weeks before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Now’s the best time to get preparations done for the big day, with the quintessential baju raya, sweets and of course, a new outtake on life. For our Malay friends and readers, we’ve put together a list of halal beauty brands that will enhance your features, all the while providing your with peace of mind that what you apply on your face is safe and not harmful in any way.
Best of all – you can get these goodies either from your nearest pharmacy or online!
Country of origin: Malaysia
Proudly made in Malaysia, Ronasutra specialises in 100% mineral-based makeup. Mineral makeup is said to be extremely gentle on skin, with natural cooling and soothing properties. Those with sensitive or problematic skin often swear by mineral foundations and face powders as they are supposed to help improve the condition of acne, and won’t clog pores or cause irritation.
This fairly new brand (Ronasutra was launched in 2007) has since expanded its product collection from its first product, the 2-in-1 Mineral Foundation & Powder, to a wider range of base makeup products including foundation, concealer and blusher. The powder foundation comes in an impressive array of 8 shades so every girl can find her perfect shade easily.
Ronasutra 2-in-1 Mineral Foundation & Powder ‘5-Colour Set’, RM58
We love the creative colour wheel concept, which allows you to mix and match for your perfect shade. It also comes in handy if you like to experiment with contouring and highlighting.
Country of origin: Malaysia
Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza is one of the most prolific celebrities. Apart from her singing career, she also owns her own production company, her own tea brand, Ctea, and most recently in 2010, she introduced her own cosmetics line, aptly named Simply Siti.
Die-hard Siti Nurhaliza fans can bask in the knowledge that all Simply Siti products are halal-certified, and have undergone stringent tests before hitting the shelves in pharmacies. From its maiden makeup range to a dazzling selection of skincare and and cosmetics, Simply Siti has come a long way in a very short time.
Simply Siti Dermagic Beauty Moisturiser, RM49.90
Formulated in Korea, this moisturiser contains Plant Endorphins, which can improve your mood after application. It’s also enriched with Plant Stem Cells and Collagen to reverse signs of ageing and plump up dehydrated skin.
Country of origin: Turkey
Farmasi is one of biggest halal cosmetic brands in the world. In Malaysia, the brand underwent a makeover in 2011 and emerged as FCC (Farmasi Colour Cosmetics) to minimise confusion with the word ‘farmasi’, which also means ‘pharmacy’ in Bahasa Malaysia.
FCC prides itself on the extensive halal certificates and awards it has obtained over the years. Not many beauty brands have boasting rights to more than one halal certificate. FCC has two, and is currently awaiting the third certification. In Malaysia, FCC carries around 500 different products. However, internationally, its repertoire is even more impressive – the brand has over 2,500 different products available!
FCC Terracotta 4 Color Eyeshadow, RM69.90
The baked eyeshadow palette can be used either wet or dry, and delivers a pearly, shimmery effect that’s perfect for either day or night. It comes in six different colour combinations.
Country of origin: UK
Founder Samina Akhter was so frustrated by the mount of animal and chemical-laden ingredients in makeup that she decided to create her own products. That was how Samina Pure Makeup was born. Formulated with minerals, Samina powders are free from animal products, chemicals, talc, paraben and alcohol. It’s also the first halal-approved makeup brand in Europe.
Granted, the prices don’t come cheap, but with such a devoted following and strong support from the media, we can see why Samina makeup is making its mark in the UK.
Samina Soft Naturals Kit, £23 (approximately RM113)
Great for everyday wear, this three-piece kit comes with a lipgloss, blusher and mineral eyeshadow to complement cool-undertoned skins. Psst: Samina ships to Malaysia, too!
Country of origin: Australia
Founder Miranda Bond was insipired to create Inika because of a book she read, Hormone Heresy by Dr. Sherrill Sellman. Miranda realised that her inability to conceive naturally was partly caused by the products she used, which contained chemicals that worsened her struggle with endometriosis. Three months after stopping the usage of cosmetics and skincare products, she fell pregnant.
Inika is all about holistic beauty. Not only is it certified 100% halal, all the ingredients used are also certified organic or vegan, and certified cruelty-free. The products don’t contain additives or fillers, and each ingredient found in the bottle or tube is there for a reason. They use a lot of organic Aloe, Calendula and Evening Primrose Oil, all three of which are known to be great anti-irritants. Instead of artificial fragrances, organic essential oils are used to scent the products.
Inika Light Reflect Highlighting Creme, AUS $39 (approximately RM115)
It’s pretty rare for organic or halal beauty brands to come up with niche products like highlighters, but Inika’s looks really impressive. It uses natural mineral pigments and mica to capture and disperse light for skin that glows.
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