Make up on Shabbat
17 June, 2004
I usually put on makeup before shabbat and leave it on for the duration of the shabbat. Can I immerse in the mikvah Friday night with makeup on (fresh makeup put on right before shabbat), or must I remove it as I do when immersing during the week?
All make up needs to be removed before you immerse (or even better, don't put on make up before Shabbat). You can put on those cosmetics that can be applied on Shabbat after you have immersed. There are different customs and approaches to the question of Shabbat make up, so it would be best to consult your local orthodox rabbi for specific guidelines.
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