Let Your Beauty Shine, Part 1

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 I love going to Christian camps or conferences or hanging out with a big group of girlfriends. Everyone has such different methods of make-up, and skin and hair care! If you’ve ever been to a girl’s bathroom at an overnight gathering, you know what I mean. You’ve seen the dozens of different make-up bags brimming with powders, creams, brushes, lipsticks, moisturizers, toners, cleansers, lotions, blushes, eye shadows, foundations, concealors and glosses. Maybe you’ve been daunted by a forest of big tubes of shampoo, conditioner, gel, mousse, leave-in and hairspray, or been tangled in a web of straightener and blow dryer cords! I’m sure you get the picture. There are lots of products and methods out there. And while it’s fun to hear different regimes and tips, it can also get a little overwhelming!

Well, hopefully this series won’t add to your confusion. I hope you are blessed by what you read, and maybe a little encouraged. Trust me, outside beauty is the least of your worries. What really shines is your heart for Jesus. Work on that and the rest will follow. You can’t help but glow when you have the light of the Lord inside of you.

But it’s totally natural for a girl to be interested in making a good presentation. In fact, when not exploited or over-emphasised, it’s a good thing. To be healthy and comfortable in your own skin is a wonderful feeling.

However, contrary to our culture’s “popular belief”, that doesn’t involve globs of goey make-up. You don’t need to paint your face in order to be beautiful! Just let your natural, God-given loveliness shine.

Like I mentioned earlier, everyone has different methods and beauty tips, and you, too, will develop a good schedule as time goes on. Not one plan works for everyone. Some people struggle with acne or blotchy skin and prefer to use concealors and foundations; others have naturally clear skin and don’t need cover-ups. Some have oily skin and try to avoid moisturizers and make-up removers, but some girls have dry skin and need to use lotions to keep their skin healthy. Some girls like to use mascara and eyeliner, others find these too harsh or damaging or unnatural. Everyone is different, and there aren’t any universal “rules”. But a girl looking to honor the Lord in her appearance may want to keep these tips in mind.

  • Don’t be forced to start wearing make-up too young. Our society is forcing girls to grow up at a younger and younger age. You don’t need to buy into that. Older sisters bear a big part in not pressuring their younger sisters by their words or actions to grow up too fast. And younger girls, listen to your parents and don’t follow culture’s lies. You are beautiful just as you are and you don’t need make-up! Just look at what Psalm 139 has to say about what God thinks of you. However, if you feel like you are old enough, you’ve talked with your parents and you really want to try make-up, consider a little lip gloss or balm for starters. For Sundays or formal occasions, add a little extra shimmer with Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (my favorite color is Guava). Eye shadow is also fun. If you have blue eyes, try a blue or tan eye shadow. Brown eyes look gorgeous with browns and violets, and hazel eyes shine when you dust on a pink or brown shadow, while green eyes like mine look best with violets or greens. Remember, the point of eye shadow isn’t for people to notice that you are wearing it. Eye shadow is just a subtle enhancement that helps bring out your natural eye color. Whatever you decide, talk with your mom and dad and listen to what they say.
  • Wearing make-up doesn’t have to be an everyday thing. In fact, it shouldn’t be something that you depend on so much that you can’t go outside unless you “put your face on”. If you find yourself becoming attached to and dependent on your make-up to the point where you feel like you can’t be seen unless you are wearing it, that is a sign that it is becoming too important to you, and also that your make-up may be a tad too unnatural. Again, make-up should be subtle, not startling and clownish. Because our culture seems to have forgotten that you can be beautiful without make-up. Talk with your parents or Christian girlfriends and ask them to help keep you accountable in this area. Ask God to show you what kind of beauty is truly important in His eyes, and how you can cultivate that. Ask Him to help that kind of inner beauty be your focus.
  • Remember, heavy make-up itself isn’t sinful. Dramatic looks like smoky eye can be fun, especially in formal settings. But make-up goes all wrong when our overal look is sensual or enticing, when we wear too much because we think we need it in order to look beautiful or just because we want the attention. Remember, make-up isn’t really the problem, what really matters is our heart and attitude. Make-up is just powders and pastes. The real problem lies within ourselves (Jeremiah 17:9).

In Part 2, we’ll talk about the different types of make-up. Stay tuned!

Author’s Favs:

Bodycology White Gardenia Body Cream

~I love the subtle, yummy scent and creamy feel. Gentle enough to use on the face, which comes in handy during the winter season when skin is prone to drying out.

wetnwild Crystallic Nail Polish

~A glittery polish that is super pretty and feminine. I like the Golden Pink/Rose shade, though it is very subtle. Also great for giving your little sisters manicures!

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

~I mentioned this one in the article. I bought a tube of this for around two dollars, figuring I’d just give it a shot and see how I liked it. I’d never purchased a Burt’s Bees product before. I loved this lip balm! Soon I had my sister and one of my best friends hooked. A luminescent shimmer made with natural products, this balm is perfect for casual days and formal outings alike. Contains peppermint which gives a fun tingling sensation. I use the color Guava, but there are many shades to choose from.

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    3 Responses

    1. i am in grde seven and in my school all of my friends wear make-up likefoundation ,lip gloss eye shadow ,powder and more .but i don’t even my friends do .i want to try it but my parent say that i do not need any because i look perfect and my friends say that it would make me look like Vanessa the girl who plays in hight shool musical … help me i do not know who to trust

    2. Anna…
      It’s crazy how young girls start wearing make-up nowadays. Honestly, I didn’t start wearing any until high school, and even then (as a matter of fact, even today) I don’t wear as much as the friends you describe.

      There is a common lie today that tells us girls that we need to wear make-up in order to be beautiful. That’s simply not true. God created us perfectly and we don’t need to paint ourselves in order to be attractive.

      I want to share a verse with you from Psalm 139. It’s a super well-known verse, but I think we girls (myself definitely included!) needto be reminded of it sometimes! it goes like this, “For you formed me in my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.”

      Girl, I hope you see how much God loves you from these verses. He designed you with all the care of a Master Artist…perfectly according to His plan. And He didn’t design you, and then say, “OK, that’s good enough…but she’ll look better when she starts wearing make-up.” No way! He made you perfectly now.

      Start spending time with God. You don’t mention whether or not you have a presonal saving faith in Jesus Christ…that is the most improtant thing we can discuss, so if you don’t know what that means or you have questions, be sure to let me know and we can talk about it. If you are saved…are you reading your Bible every day? How about prayer? How often do you talk to God? If you really struggle with seeing yourself as Christ does, memorize this passage or copy it to a pretty card and stick it in your bathroom mirror.

      Focus on what makes a woman truly beautiful (“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30). This is beauty that lasts, when our physical looks fade.

      Anna, the Bible commands us to obey our parents in everything (Ephesians 6:1). If they want you not to wear make-up, that’s what you need to do.

      Trust your parents, girl, they love you and I think they are right. Your friends may be right as well, but your parents love you more and have your best interest at heart. Not only that, but they’ve lived longer and have a better view of the “big picture” because of that.

      Maybe your friends are right and you would look like her….but that doesn’t mean you need to. Look to God to find real beauty and happiness. Make-up is fun and when your heart is right it’s OK…but in seventh grade I think you are being wise to avoid it. Your parents are probably right…you don’t need it! And like we just found out in God’s Word, you are perfect without it.

      Trust your parents and listen closely to their counsel. As you draw near to God, you will become a young woman who is truly and radiantly beautiful from within.

      Love,
      Keely

    3. P.S. Hey Anna, I thought of one more verse that talks about the way God sees us. Here it is:

      For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. I Samuel 16:7

      Memorize this verse and remind yourself of it when others are judging you for the way you look, or when you feel the temptation to judge yourself and those around you in this way. It’s so precious to know that even on the worst of bad hair days, God sees us as truly gorgeous when our hearts are following Him. That’s what truly matters, and good friends will realize that too.

      Love,
      Keely

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