Are you tired? Are you feeling well? Kidding! We all know how it goes; we’ve seen it said everywhere… full makeup = “You’re so pretty you don’t need makeup!” natural makeup = “See, gorgeous!” no makeup = “How many weeks did they give you?” If you love your makeup, that is great. I think it can be beautifully done and is definitely an art form. I myself love doing makeup and think getting dressed up is a lot of fun. The thing is… lately, I’ve made a few observations and I thought I would share them with you.
Proverbs 24: 32 New International Version (NIV)
“I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: “
First off, it is expensive! Of course depending on usage and quality requirements of the individual the price varies drastically. But, either way the amount of money the average woman spends on makeup is around $toomany and no sense. (You know that was clever.)
Secondly, it’s a lot of work. I was that girl who did her makeup or put something on her face every single day whether I was going anywhere or not. Two words eye. liner. (Okay, technically one word… but, I was going for the dramatic affect here and you get the idea…) I think it was mostly habit; in high school it was what you did if you wanted to blend in the best you could. (Ironic, I know.) The fact that we are willing to wake up earlier or plan with an extra two hours to get ready, I’m sorry I don’t know if you fully understood that but I said, two… hours… at least (with hair, etc.) is just plain silly.
1 Samuel 12: 24 New International Version (NIV)
“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all you heart; consider what great things He has done for you.”
Okay, let’s get off the topic of this list for a moment (shocker) and do some math (Oh wait, that is a shock, you didn’t come here for math but, stay with me here) …let’s say you do spend two hours getting ready in the morning, times 365 days a year. That comes to a total of 730 hours a year, divided by 24hrs in a day comes to 30.41 days… which is equal to a month… a year… spent looking at your face, deciding you don’t like this or that and covering it up. Well, Summer, when you put it like that it sounds kind of harsh… which leads to the third, most important, item on the list.
Who are we to try to constantly change the face our loving Heavenly Father gave us, because we don’t like what we see? Darling, look around you; everyone is so, so beautifully different. God took the time to size your nose, to space your eyes and put them right where they are, to curve your lips and place your teeth to form a smile like no one else’s…
But, naaah I have this pour I don’t like and my eye lashes aren’t dark enough. (Guilty.) It can be so symbolic; look around you at the world today. Who looks more comfortable, the women with makeup caked on their faces or the women with more of a modest approach?
Speaking of being comfortable leads me to just one more thing… speaking from personal experience here… having insecurities and not being comfortable with who you are, or just not being sure about who you are in general, you subconsciously (or maybe consciously) feel the need to either A. hide anything about yourself that stands out so that you blend in. Or, B. do crazy make up to draw attention to yourself and know that you caused it on purpose.
The more comfortable you become with yourself and your walk and relationship with Christ the more you find yourself not wanting to cover up the face that God gave you. The same exact God that places every star in each constellation, puts each wave in the sea, draws the blueprints for where each leaf on a great oak will be and paints each polka-dot on a ladybug… made you… this makes ME love your face.
In conclusion, again, I personally do not think that there is anything inherently wrong with makeup; it definitely has it’s time and place. But, use it to enhance what God has given you, not hide it away. Besides, when someone compliments you it feels 100x more genuine and it is easier to credit it to God. Instead of, “Thanks, it really is Maybelline…”
Numbers 6: 24-26
In Jesus’ Name