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Thursday, October 8, 2009

How to apply kohl

"Kohl" ( kuhl, kahal, or kohol) is a black substance used by the women of the Arabian Peninsula as eyeliner and eyeshadow. 
Apart from making the eyes look brighter and larger, kohl was once believed to have value as a protection against eye disease. 
It's blackness also controls the sun's glare in the desert, and thus it is used by both men and women of the desert.
Kohl is powdered antimony, a brittle metallic elementary body of bright bluish-white colour and flaky crystalline texture. Artemis imports, a belly dance mail-order supply house, sells both light and darker grades of kohl of fine quality. 
It can also be found at middle eastern grocery stores, but beware of any powder which does not appear to be very finely and consistently ground. 
 The "kohl" pencils used in modern makeup are a completely different item and should not be applied in the manner the powder is applied, next to the eye. 

To apply kohl u need:

 1) a small stick or large toothpick( if u don't have)which has both ends rounded off. 
Place this in olive oil overnight so that it soaks into the wood. 
 U may also use the olive oil to clean your stick after use.

 2). a packet of kohl powder ( as u see up in the picture ). 
IMPORTANT: If u wear contact lenses u must apply kohl BEFORE inserting lenses( it might damage ur contact lenses ).
To proceed with application: pick up stick in right hand to apply to right eye.
 Dip tip of stick into kohl powder. 
Hold stick parallel to eye, and starting at the inner point of the eye, run it between the eyelids ACTUALLY TOUCHING THE EYE. ( just as u see in the below picture). It doesn't hurt, really. 

Re-powder stick, pick up in left hand and repeat on the other side.
 U may also enhance ur eyebrows, or draw points off the end of your eyes.

U will feel when it is in the correct location, and u will have ur eyelids nicely black around the roots of the eyelashes with no white skin showing. Kohl is water-proof but not "spit-proof", which is a great atribute in hot climates. 
A tiny amount of powder will last u a couple of years, and it's much healthier for ur eye than commercial cosmetics which u wouldn't dare put into ur eyes.
IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT NOT ALL KOHL'S ARE  HEALTHY AND TO MAKE IT SURE U MUST BUY GOOD ONE FROM A WELL KNOW COMPANY.Avoid the one made in Pakistan and India, they r very dangerous , but regarding this i will post a different topic with the special warn.  
Excess powder will gather at the corner of the eyes and u can remove it. It is much less artificial looking than painting a line outside the lids with commercial eyeliners; people will notice ur eyes, but they won't be quite sure why. 


♥Tiffany Nicole♥ said...

I love kohl I have one from KSA & one from Pakistan(which i am scared to use because I have heard warnings of lead).

Whay company do you suggest buying it from?

♥ Arab Mania ♥ said...

The most safe and very nice is it Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner.
I reccomend u this, but if u think it's too expansive or u want the arabic u must try Rani kohl which is safe and some other s3audi as well.
By the way the one in this post picture is it also 100% natural.

Anii-Star said...

Sister i live in the uk and here we have mostly pencils !
My friend went to Pakistan and bought me Hashmi... which i use daily but at the end of the day my eyes are red ... does not hurt but looks weird ... do you have any advice?

JazakAllah :)

♥ Arab Mania ♥ said...

Ohh God my dear Hashmi is the most dangerous kohl ever, very toxic. They banned it in US , stop using it now if not late...
All Hashmi kohl , kajal, surma ( gel,loose powder kohl) r having a lot of lead which is a poisonous metal that can damage the brain, nervous system, reproductive system, kidneys and other parts of the body.
Ok for this subject i will post very soon a topic , so stay tune my dear if u wanna know ,more abt this product inshalla.
Hugs xoxo

ayah said...

thank you for this post sister! :) i'm not using kohl but thinking about it and was wondering how exactly it is done.. i'm also waiting to read your recommendations about which is a good kohl to use

Sara said...

salamz sis thanks for this post, you know what i never tried pure kohl but after reading this i think i should. mashallah it looks so good on other girls but on me it looks like i have bruised eyes :( Mashallah i heard the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to wear Kohl...

Now im very worried about using kajal.. hehe

by the way in regards to ur question about the clothes hehe yes thats how my fiance dresses ;)

Princess said...

YAAAAAY! I'm so glad you liked the Guerlain Terracotta! :D I luv the traditional kohl bottles, they're soo beautiful! lovely as usual! <3 <3

gaviotah said...

Thanks a lot for your post! i just came from a trip to Marrakesh and bought natural kohl. But it was difficult to apply it! i guess the key is the olive oil. I'll try it as soon as possible!!!!

Kindest regards from Mexico

Anonymous said...

Salam from Malaysia,

Great things you have in your blog. Appreciate it! Just a question about kohl especially the Guerlain one, after applying it and if we plan to take wudhu', would it be ok? I mean do we hv to take the kohl off? If we do not take it off, would the wudhu' get through?

Thanks for your kind response in advance!

♥ Arab Mania ♥ said...

Welcome Fatimah,
In regard with ur question,note that i'm not "Imam" and my answer must not meet all the Islamic standars.It's just my personal opinion and for this i must ask as well some Sheikh inshalla to make a light upon this issue.
Well i hearded ( but not sure ) that kohl is fine is going well with wudhu as henna do.
But if i think better,the principle of doing wudhu such as water touching the skin and if the kohl will be an impediment to water flowing to the skin,then i guess the wudhu will be break.
Better do as i do:
- to make it sure ur wudhu will be valid, firts do ur wudhu and after that u may apply ur kohl inshalla :)
Once again thanks,u definitely got my attention with this great question!

♥ Arab Mania ♥ said...

Please consider this answer

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your prompt answer. Was having the same thought as yours n u just validated it, Alhamdulillah. It's just great to know that you are sharing good tips and knowledge on beauty n makeup. Women are creature of beauty and beauty can never be parted from us. Just that in our quest we hope to achieve it whithin the permissable of our deen. I'll definitely be ur blog's regular visitor!


Anonymous said...

Salam from Malaysia!

Alhamdulillah managed to get myself the Guerlain Terracota Kohl Loose Powder in Noir. A friend of mine went to NY recently and I she was kind enough to shop it for me. It was tough to get it and after visiting a few stores she found it at Sephora for USD$36.00 plus tax. My review...totally loving it! would highly recommend. I was afraid to apply it before but after a few try, it has become my fav! TQ sister for introducing this to me!...


♥ Arab Mania ♥ said...

3likom salam ,
u most welcome darling, i'm glad that u like it and mashalla, u got it for a good price ! in the summer try the turquise color , belive me u will love it ;)
I thank u that u come back with ur review to let our readers find more opinions abt this beatiful product.

moonlite said...

I love the dark dark eyes it looks elegant and mysterious..... being a make up artist in south africa i would like to get some of the khol to try.......

will it smudge at all, because thats the main problem i have with eye pencil and doing bridal make-up

Anonymous said...

hi i using hashmi kajal stick... its very nice but I have heard warnings its dangerous...

what the different with the BLUE HEAVEN Kajal?? it's same?

♥ Arab Mania ♥ said...

Blue Heaven i think is it safe .. i'm not sure, but is it better that u will check before using it .

Anonymous said...


are guerlain kohls halal ? which one is the pure one (good for eyesight)?

jazakaAllahukhair for sharing this info sister

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