Hey precious princesses. I want you all to know that I pray for you every day, and over every post I write, that God will use them in your life, to reveal more of His great love for you.
Today I saw a few covers from a Christian beauty magazine that I commend for featuring modest women with humble poses. But something I noticed was the amount of make-up the women wore, and an article title on one of the covers that said make-up “must-haves.”
This caused the Holy Spirit to stir within me, which led me to send them a message, and what I shared, I’d like to share with you.
I may be wrong, but I don’t think make-up in itself is evil. However, when we use it to disguise who we are, or we feel like we need it or otherwise we aren’t beautiful, it becomes an issue.
God’s Word says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and there is no mentioning of make-up being necessary for true beauty anywhere in the Bible (in fact, the times make-up is mentioned, it’s always regarding prideful women). So make-up doesn’t make us beautiful, God does, as 1 Peter 3:3-4 states:
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.
And as does Proverbs 31:30:
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
The world we now live in is so dangerous for young minds. The world force-feeds us that we need lots of make-up, sexy clothing, and to be underweight in order to obtain beauty.
Some of these lies even convinced me for a long time. I started wearing make-up daily starting in sixth grade. First, it was just black eye-liner and lip-gloss. My best friends will tell you, I needed my eye-liner and shiny lips.
Then by eighth or ninth grade it became mascara, bronzer, lip-gloss, and concealer that I needed everyday, or else in my mind, I looked terrible.
I would wake up early and spend nearly an hour applying make-up. This continued until after I graduated. But on February 22nd, 2009, I gave my entire heart to Jesus, and He started transforming it. Now I ditched the bronzer and lip-gloss, and went down to only mascara and concealer. Soon, it was only concealer. Then it became concealer sometimes and chap-stick, though I’d often use a white shine for my the outline of my inner canthus because I liked how it looked, and now it’s just chap-stick and concealer sometimes.
You can note in my youtube videos I’m wearing mineral powder, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, lip-color, and usually eye-liner. Why? Partly for the camera and lights, but another reason was because deep down I believed if I looked beautiful, you ladies would pay more attention to what I say. But I realize now, it’s not my beauty that is effective for Christ, it is His Word, His Holy Spirit who works mightily in and through me to reach out to you precious women. By His goodness, He has shown me I don’t need lots of make-up, and I pray you soon come to the same conclusion as you continue to allow our Heavenly Father to conform you into the image and likeness of His Son of whom the prophet Isaiah stated, “He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him.”
We’re bombarded with the world’s lies of what beauty is every day, but our duty as Christians is to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.”
I pray in Jesus’ name you are transformed by reading His Word, and praying that He will teach you what true beauty is in His opinion so you can be set free from the chains of insecurity and walk in humble, yet bold confidence in your identity in Christ.
Before I end, I’d like to testify to the truth of Proverbs 31:30.
My husband rarely tells me I look pretty when I have a lot of make-up on. In fact, he’s expressed his dislike of it a few times before. But comically enough, when I’m not expecting any compliments, when my face is free of any make-up at all, my husband will look at me and say, “You’re pretty.” I usually smile and reply, “I look like a mess right now,” but by then he’s grabbing me and silencing my words with a kiss.
I thank Jesus for making my spirit beautiful and letting His light shine through me so others think my outside is “pretty” too.
If you’re a daughter of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and following Him, God thinks and says you’re beautiful, and He cannot lie.
Your sister and fellow princess in Christ,