Let Your Beauty Shine, Part 2


In the last installment, we discussed some “groundwork” on the subject of make-up. I attempted not to get too specific. Every family and every individual has different guidelines and sentiments on the subject, and what your parents say is what really matters, not my opinions. Now, in this section, I’d like to cover the basic types of make-up. Obviously I won’t cover everything, but here are just some of the basics and what they are used for, divided up into three sections: skin, eyes, and lips.


Concealor/Cover-up: This is used to cover minor blemishes or discolorations of the skin. Don’t get too carried away! Concealor should be used sparingly or it looks fake and unnatural. Pick a shade that is one or two shades lighter than the color of your skin for the best results.

Foundation: Foundation is used to even out the skin tones. It comes in different forms, such as powder and liquid. Pick a color that is very close to the shade of your skin (keep in mind that you may need a darker color during the summer, and a lighter shade for winter, as your skin tans and fades).

Blush: Blush should be used subtly to lend color to your cheeks, adding a highlight to your face. Take care that you don’t overdo it! Pinch your cheeks gently a few times and then pick a shade that matches that color.  TIP: the best way to apply blush that I have found is to smile!  Then, using a big fluffy brush, lightly apply the blush over the apples of your cheeks that are prominent when you smile.  This look is much more natural than just sweeping blush up the sides of your face!

Finishing powder: Though not used as commonly as concealor, foundation and blush, finishing powder can help blend your make-up for a smoother, more natural look.


Eye shadow: Pick a shade that compliments your natural eye color (hazel eyes: browns and pinks, brown eyes: browns and violets, blue eyes: blues and tans, green eyes: greens and violets). Again, for best results, your eye shadow shouldn’t be loud or noticable. It should just compliment your eye color.

Mascara: Mascara defines, darkens, and intensifies your eyelashes. Apply your mascara after you’ve applied your eye shadow. Otherwise, your mascara could get messy if your colorful eye shadow drops on your wet lashes. Apply your mascara with smooth, upward strokes. If your eyelashes clump, use an eyelash comb to gently brush out your lashes while the mascara is still wet (you can also use a baby toothbrush or a dry mascara applicator brush). Again, your mascara should look natural, not clumped and stringy. Apply mascara more to the base of your lash, rather than the ends. If you’re experiencing difficulty, wet your lashes, or add a little powder to make them look thicker and longer. Some mascaras come with volumizers. Generally these aren’t necessary, but experiment with them and see what you think. When you are done, use a q-tip dipped in lotion or cosmetic remover to clean up any messy little drops of mascara around your eyes.

Eye liner: Eye liner comes in three different forms: brush, liquid, and pencil. Liner is used right along the lash line. It draws attention to the eye and adds depth and thickness to the appearance of the eyelashes. For the most understated look, use an eye pencil. Liquid is for the top of the eye only and takes practice in order to apply it correctly. An angle brush can be wet to make a neat, fine line circumnavigating the eye, or just on top. For formal outings, experiment with different methods of eye liner to get a beautiful, dramatic, smoky-eye look. Christa Taylor’s blog gives some great eye liner advice, here.


Lipstick: Say that word and visions of the dramatic looks of the mid twentieth century come to mind! But lipstick is making a comeback, though almost wiped out by the explosively popular arrival of lip gloss in the 1990’s. This look is very grown-up and bold, so more youthful lip products like lip balm, gloss and shimmer are generally better for young women. If you are interested in trying it, consider choosing a light shade of pink or peach that compliments your skin without looking indelicate. Remember this tip: if you play up your lips, keep your eye make-up subtle for a balanced look. This works both ways. For example if you want to do a dramatic smoky eye, then use a light pink, peach or nude lip treatment.

Lip gloss, balm or shimmer: Products, options, colors, types…the choices are endless! Experiment with a few or ask a girlfriend for her favorites. There are so many products out there that it is hard to choose just one! Natural or clear lip balm is fine for everyday. Lip gloss or shimmer is perfect for more formal occasions. If you really need help, try the Burt’s Bees line of lip treatments. These natural products are really a great way to go, and lots of girls love them.

When you’re all done: At night, always remember to remove your make-up.  This gives your skin a chance to breathe and prevents clogged pores.  Also, leaving mascara on overnight can weaken your lashes or make them brittle and unhealthy.  There are different options for removing make-up.  You can use make-up remover for your eyes, which often comes in a bottle, or a facial cleansing wipe, or just a warm washcloth.  When I’m done, I like to use lotion around my eyes because it is good for sensitive skin, moisturizes skin, and removes any excess make-up.

Whew! We’ve covered a lot of ground! But those are basically the elements of the make-up world. Hopefully, this has given you a few tips for navigating the shelves of your local drugstore. If you need a little extra help, check out the ModesTeen and Christa Taylor blogs, or the Brio Magazine Health & Beauty Center, all of which I found helpful in compiling this two-part series, for some excellent advice from a Christian perspective.

Remember, true beauty comes from within. What truly matters is your heart. You can have perfect make-up and a cute outfit and still be a mess in your heart. Jesus used the simile of washing the outside of the cup and ignoring the inside, or whitewashing a tomb. Be careful, as the Bible says, that you do not gain the world and lose your soul! Keep your focus where it should be. Cosmetics are fun, and there’s nothing wrong with being the beautiful girl God made you. But in the end, all that truly matters is your heart. Lay up your treasure in heaven, where moth and rust cannot destroy, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also! Finally, remember, don’t worry and stress about what you will wear. It’s so easy to get caught up in this trap and become anxious about make-up and clothes! Instead, recall Jesus’ words in Matthew. Consider the lilies of the field, they don’t toil or spin, and yet not Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these! Your Father in Heaven is more than capable of taking care of your physical needs, so don’t stress out! As His child, He can and will take care of you, and He knows what you need even before you ask Him.


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