If you know me in real life, then you probably know that I enjoy makeup. Despite my allergies, I have been still able to find makeup that I can wear and I like makeup and cosmetics.
I use to want to be a makeup artist and I wore a lot of makeup.
People use to try to make my makeup into a moral issue by saying it wasn’t “God-honoring” or that I was “false advertising” even though I’m not a shampoo bottle and have never been one.
Both sides of this discussion have been on my mind lately.
A few days ago I was giving a friend, who is a new Christian, a ride and she was asking me about modesty, and then about wearing makeup and dyeing one’s hair, after thinking about it the best answer I could give was that it depended on the heart behind it.
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”-1 Timothy 2:9
Broided hair was included because in that time women would often braid gold into their hair to show off their wealth, other times they wore gold to advertise that they were selling their bodies.
Modesty is a heart issue as well as an outward apparel issue.
Could I be prideful about wearing makeup and think that I am better than everyone who doesn’t? Yes, and that would be wrong.
Could one of my friends who doesn’t wear makeup be prideful about not wearing makeup and think she’s better than those of us that do? Yes, and that would be equally as wrong.
The real question is, what are your reasons for cosmetics?
Here are some bad reasons to wear makeup:
I started wearing bbc cream and mascara when I was fourteen, the biggest reason was that I was insecure about my freckles. I had been made fun of about them and for as long as I could remember I wished that I didn’t have any.
I ended up really enjoying makeup, but I wish it hadn’t started from me being self-conscious.
Now I actually really like my freckles and wear less because I don’t want to cover them up.
If this is you, study the Bible about our worth in Christ and realize that cosmetics don’t add or take away from you as a child of God.
I’d also recommend going to places without makeup. It will help you realize how little it matters.
“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”-Psalm 10:4
Makeup can be so much fun and it can be beautiful, but we must be careful that we don’t become prideful about our skills or how we look with a full face on, instead, we must search our hearts and make sure God is always our number one priority whether we wear makeup or not.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”-Philippians 2:3
This kind of goes back to pride, but we must be careful to not wear makeup to distract people.
There is a time and a place for green eyeshadow, but we shouldn’t be wearing makeup that is flashy or distracting to services.
We’re there to worship God and remember the death and resurrection, not to wear neon mascara, and maybe we can wear bright red eyeshadow without removing our focus from worship, but we must consider our brothers and sisters around us.
Here are some reasons I have been personally cutting back on makeup:
How much time am I devoting to cosmetics in comparison to God? Could I have spent those twenty minutes studying instead of making sure my foundation was fine?
2. I don’t want my makeup to define me to others.
I try not to care what others think of me, but at the same time, I don’t want people to be intimidated by my makeup because recently I’ve been told that I can be intimidating at first.
I know I can prove people wrong by being friendly, but I also want to be able to look more down to earth.
I’m graduating this year, and although I plan to take a gap year before I go off into the world (I’m thinking about going to Southwest School of Biblical Studies right now), I want to be wise and a good steward by starting to save money and cutting back on how much I spend on a monthly basis.
4. I’m not as insecure.
Here’s a well-known secret: I’m a very insecure person. However, I’m getting better at accepting what I can’t change about myself. God made my face and if someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to look.
I like makeup, it calms and cheers me up to put it on, but I now fully know that it doesn’t make or break me.
Both of these faces are a reality and that’s pretty cool.
In conclusion: Really take a second to consider your heart behind putting on makeup or doing any other cosmetic thing.
I think makeup often slips under the cracks of being mindful of since it’s not an issue of salvation, but it can become a hindrance–as can anything–if we let it.
Those are my thoughts as a lover of the Lord and of makeup!
What are your thoughts?