This one goes out to all my Christian ladies who like makeup. Many of you have probably wondered at some point if it is appropriate for a Christian to wear makeup. I’ve heard many opinions–ranging from no way–to go for it!
I love makeup. I’m not super talented at applying it, but I will say that I can rock a good cat eye. Of course, I’ve wondered about God’s opinion on makeup and how it fits in a Biblical view of modesty.
Let’s turn to God’s Word, which should be the ultimate authority on the decisions we make as Christians.
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7NKJV).
We live in a culture that is obsessed with appearance–especially for females. We take selfies and spend our days on social media, so naturally we tend to think about our appearance. However, God isn’t so impressed. He already knows we’re beautiful because He created us–fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
What really concerns God is the state of our souls. He wants us to be in a relationship with Him above all else. Jesus never gave a sermon on makeup or fashion because He was more concerned about how we were loving Him and those around us.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV).
I go a lot deeper on modesty in this post. The main point of this scripture is that modesty and appearance for a Christian–man or woman–should be about classiness and moderation. We shouldn’t be flashy or extreme, and we shouldn’t spend the majority of our time on our looks. It’s all about balance.
I believe this also applies to makeup. When you apply it to your face, ask yourself, am I doing this to get attention? Am I doing this because I don’t like myself? God knows our hearts and He cares about that the most. He wants His daughters to know their beauty and worth–with or without makeup.
Verse 4 (above) mentions the “hidden person of the heart.” This reminds us of God’s focus–our hearts and souls.
Makeup isn’t bad or sinful. It’s about our motives. We need to examine ourselves and our reasons for wearing makeup. I believe makeup is for creative fun and highlighting the natural beauty God gave us.
Remember lovely, you are beautiful and loved by your Heavenly Father. Whether you wear makeup or not will never change this. Always remember your worth in Christ, and let that love radiate to all.
That is true beauty.
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