Muslim fashionista YazTheSpaz shares her beauty and fashion tips for Ramadhan.
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It is said that a habit takes 30 days to develop. This is yet another reason to feel blessed about Ramadhan. Ramadhan is a month of forgiveness, a month of blessings and a month of unity. It is also a month to purify our souls, our minds and our bodies.
During Ramadhan, we grow closer to Allah and develop strong iman (faith). Therefore, the positive habits that we work on during this month start to become a natural part of our lives – or at least, that’s what we intend. So let’s make the most of this month, insha’Allah. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, why don’t we make Ramadhan resolutions? Let’s all learn to control our emotions. Let’s refrain from passing judgement on others. Let’s not bring each other down, but rather get along and learn to forgive.
To establish all this, we must of course keep close to our Muslim community. This month is a great opportunity to build better relationships with your brothers and sisters in Islam, and also with your families. I understand how Ramadhan can keep us busy alongside our daily schedules. From rushing after a long day at work, to cooking or helping to cook iftar; from going to pray Tarawih to invitations for iftar with friends; the holy month can be a hectic time.
‘How is it that you do your wudhu, then your makeup, and still manage to pray all your prayers?’
On top of all this, there are the different wardrobe changes. As a Muslim fashionista, I want to share some tips that can help you stay both modest and stylish throughout the month.
Let’s start off with the use of makeup and the process of wudhu. Also known as ablution, wudhu is the water purification ritual before prayer. Many women ask me, ‘How is it that you do your wudhu, then your makeup, and still manage to pray all your prayers?’
My answer to them: Keep it minimal.
As women, some of us love to wear makeup whereas others choose not to. Personally, I choose not to wear much makeup in general because I like my skin to breathe. There have been times when I was at a fashion shoot with a full set of makeup on my face, causing my eyes to tear up, my nose to feel stuffy and my face to feel clogged. If you plan on wearing foundation every day, your makeup is obviously going to come off when you take your wudhu.
So, instead of wearing the full-on foundation, powder, mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, concealer, blush, eyebrow powder, etc, try giving your skin a break. After I do my typical skin routine of washing, toning, applying SPF and moisturising, I like to use just the basic concealer and blush, and have my eyebrows filled. I choose to wear only these three items because they are all easily washed off and easily reapplied; therefore my wudhu can be accepted, insha’Allah. These guidelines are key when taking wudhu. Keep your face fresh, moisturised and glowing for this extra-blessed month!
Another thing I’d like to share with you is how to go from your everyday attire to your Tarawih wear. On a daily basis, we wear our jeans, pants, tops and hijabs, whether in the traditional wrap-around way or turban-style. The most basic articles of clothing that you can wear to mosque are the abaya and headscarf. An abaya is a long, black outer garment that is easy to put over your clothing before entering the mosque. They range from plain black to those that are beautifully designed with crystals and embellishments. If you own a plain black abaya, there are many ways in which you can accessorise it. For instance, try wearing a different colourful printed scarf to change up your abaya every night! Or add a cute ring or nice necklace to spaz it up! Depending on their culture, some women may also wear traditional clothing, such as the shalwar kameez. Others might choose to wear loose-fitting clothing, like a flowing skirt and top. Again, just keep in mind to go comfy and covered! Also, if you don’t normally wear the headscarf, be sure to take one with you so you don’t end up using one that’s been sitting at the mosque for years. Simply wrap the scarf around your head, making sure to cover your neck and hair, too. I have many hijab styles on my YouTube channel that can show you different ways of covering if you’d like to change it up every night!
All in all, let’s unite to try to better ourselves from both the inside and out!
Updated on the 24th of July at 1348h (GMT+8): Image gallery