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I love to get dressed up and look pretty. What girl doesn’t? It feels nice, even if I am wearing jeans to put on a bit of mascara. Makes me feel better about myself. Just enough to enhance my lashes a bit. None of the 3D lash stuff here. Makeup should compliment natural beauty, not totally change your look. Makeup can be a lot of fun, but on a daily basis, what’s the point?
Today’s makeup is filled with many chemicals-many of which can cause early puberty and disrupt the natural hormone balance and a whole host of other health issues. There are a few brands out there that I would feel comfortable using, or even making my own, but I don’t use it enough to invest much time or money in it.
But, here’s the thing, I have a little girl now. I am thinking about things in a slightly different light.
Society tells us to look ‘nice’ we need to wear makeup and look our best to feel good about ourselves.
Now, there is nothing wrong with looking our best, but here is what struck me the other day:
Will L. feel like she needs to wear makeup to look good, or even to feel good about herself?
Would teaching her that she, as she is, is a masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), to take good care of herself, inside (both physically and Spiritually) and out (through a natural skin care routine-not makeup), not be better? To teach her to have a gentle spirit?
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.
1 TImothy 2:9-10
I have heard people ask some ladies why they wear makeup, and they reply can be “For myself.” I used to think it was the best answer.
I have been weighing my motivation in wearing makeup. Do I need makeup to feel good about myself? Or am I adorning myself with a gentle spirit and the good works that is the overflowing fruit of my relationship with Christ?
I know for me, the later is a much more fulfilling, more lasting feeling.
If we spend more time doing our makeup and hair than we do in the Word and intentionally teaching our daughters, something is wrong.
I am not saying wearing makeup is bad (though, if you do, please try to find some natural ones!), just sharing some ponderings.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you wear makeup to feel good about yourself? Have you ever thought about the fact that God made you just the way you are and you are the work of His hands?