This post was written by guest blogger Mandi Blankenship.
Is makeup wrong?
While there is no place in the Bible that says blatantly, “Thou shalt not wear eyeliner,” there are many references in God’s Word to stay clear of adorning ourselves to the point of sinfulness and dependence.
It is the natural cry of a woman’s heart to want to be called beautiful. There is just something about it, don’t you agree? God knew this when He created us. He still knows today. Women were made to bear the tender, lovable, quiet, beautiful side of God, so we also reflect His longing to be loved and accepted and to be called beautiful.
Just like most natural longings, this one has been corrupted with the ebb and flow of culture, media, and society. We are told every day by the magazines on the shelf and the ads on the Internet that we need to be outwardly attractive in order to ever be wanted. For girls who think they could never reach those standards, we are tempted to turn to other things, including makeup, to make us feel okay.
The beef that I have with makeup is that it keeps me from totally depending on Jesus for my comfort. When I wear makeup, I use it as a shield that I hope to be seen instead of my real face. Recently Jesus reminded me that He wants to be that one thing that makes me feel good about myself.
In addition, we are warned not to put so much dependence on things that don’t even last. Remember that verse in Proverbs 31?
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised (Prov. 31:30).
Did you catch that? Deceitful, fleeting… Praised.
Fearing the Lord more than you fear what people think of you doesn’t always result in acceptance. But it will result in praise.
The final and possibly most dangerous effect of depending on cover-up or mascara to make you feel beautiful is the effect that it has on your inner beauty. If you focus too much on how you look, what happens to how you act? To the way you treat others? To the beautiful girl that shines so brightly on the inside?
We are reminded of the importance of this in 1 Peter 3:3–4:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
The question I’m asking isn’t really if makeup is bad, but what is it that you are hiding behind? And why are you hiding? If it is insecurity, work it out with God. Ask Him to remind you why He thinks you are lovely. If it is to be validated by the people around you or by a certain guy you want, question their motives and why they won’t accept you for the natural way you were made.
I challenge you this week to pray about fasting from whatever you’re hiding behind. Not only will you find greater intimacy and dependence on God, but you will also find more confidence in Him than you ever could with some old Maybelline eye shadow.
The Bible promises, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).
What a relief!