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According to Halacha, are there any issues of tzniut for a woman to wear certain types of makeup?

In general, I see it is accepted in the Frum world, but are there any types of makeup that could be problematic (especially for a married woman)?

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    Minhag Izevel ? וַיָּב֥וֹא יֵה֖וּא יִזְרְעֶ֑אלָה וְאִיזֶ֣בֶל שָׁמְעָ֗ה וַתָּ֨שֶׂם בַּפּ֚וּךְ עֵינֶ֙יהָ֙ וַתֵּ֣יטֶב אֶת־רֹאשָׁ֔הּ וַתַּשְׁקֵ֖ף בְּעַ֥ד הַחַלּֽוֹן this is just one source there are other sources showing that it's permitted...
    – sam
    Feb 4 at 16:42

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Makeup has always be worn by Jewish women, as an example see the gemara in Moed Katan 9b

And a woman may engage in all of her usual cosmetic treatments on the intermediate days of a Festival. The Sages taught in a baraita: These are the cosmetic treatments of women that are permitted: She may paint her eyelids, she may remove unwanted hair [pokeset], and she may put rouge on her face.

As R Anthony Manning describes at length in his book on the topic (Reclaiming Dignity), tzniut is not just a question of rules but also of attitude, in relation to the local community. As such, a woman which wears make-up in a way aligned with her community is perfectly tzanua. Were she to wear overly aggressive makeup to attract attention on herself, in a way that deviates from local norms and customs, that would not be.

R Yitzchak Yaacov Fuchs writes it up in Halichos Bas Yisrael (vol. 1, p. 204)

Although it is proper for a woman to make herself up attractively when she is alone with her husband, she should not exaggerate when going out in public.

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