“Don’t need makeup, to cover up, being the way that you are is enough” One Direction nailed it with their “What Makes You Beautiful” song.
This is a message to all you ladies. You are all beautiful! What is true beauty? Does it come from perfect hair and clothes? Do you really need makeup to be beautiful? From a guy’s perspective, there are naturally beautiful girls out there hiding their beauty with layers of makeup. What is the cost of beauty in a world where girls feel like they look sick without masking themselves?
In my opinion, most girls look a million times better when they show the way God intended them to look. They let their hearts communicate their beauty rather than products they buy in the makeup aisles at Target. True confidence will never come out of a bottle or makeup brush. True confidence comes from embracing the person God made you to be. That confidence is inner beauty which obscures and conceals “flaws” better than anything Covergirl can produce.
So maybe you think makeup helps you a little bit. It isn’t about the physical attributes of makeup at all. It’s a heart issue. Know that you are beautiful. Be vulnerable in a world saying to hide your true nature. Make your face an example to others that honesty and vulnerability can have physical applications. Lead the young women and girls that are in your path to know that they were created in God’s image. Teach them that it is more important to be lovely on the inside than “lovely” by magazine standards on the outside. Truly love others by encouraging yourself to be more open.
What messages are adults sending when 11 year olds think they are ugly without makeup? How sad that the emphasis on outward appearance is impacting girls so young. Every girl should feel like a princess no matter what she looks like. No girl should be made to feel hideous if she removes her mask and lets people see her with no tricks.
Dudes, encourage the ladies in your lives. Remind them that they are perfectly and wonderfully made. The world is sending them a lot of hate so counterattack those messages with love and encouragement. Build them up to see their true value. Pray them through their struggles of accepting themselves.
Someone told me recently that I can’t sing. Well how do we know that God likes the way the people on American Idol sing? I mean the Bible does say that He likes the smell of burning flesh of Old Testament sacrifices. Obviously human definitions can be wrong so who has the right to tell you what you have to do or have to be beautiful?
I challenge you ladies to go a week without makeup. If it is really difficult, seek God to help you through it. Pray for understanding and confidence. Pray to be able to really and truly love those around you and yourself by throwing off the façade. If at the end of the week, you have truly seen and accepted your true beauty, you may not even return to makeup. Don’t take the easy way. Everything worth having in life comes with a challenge. Take this challenge and be set free from the bondage of insecurity.
I would like to also give a shout out to my beautiful older sister on her birthday today. Happy birthday sissy.