21 November, 2019
Can one do beauty tattoos? As in to fill one’s eyebrows, eyeliner? They are not totally permanent and fade over time. Every few years they have to be redone.
Since it is for purposes of beautification and has no independent substance, permanent makeup is not considered a chatzitzah (barrier) to mikveh immersion.
However, there is debate about the halachic status of permanent makeup and whether it technically falls under the prohibition of tattooing.
Rav Yehuda Henkin, the rabbinic supervisor of this site, permits the use of permanent makeup specifically when it restores a woman’s natural features. (For example, if a woman suffers from a medical condition that causes her eyebrows to fall out, permanent makeup would be allowed to restore the look of her eyebrows.) But in a case of enhancing or adding on to one’s natural look, Rav Henkin would not permit use of permanent makeup, which at least could give the impression of tattooing. That impression is itself a halachic concern.
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