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Posted August 3, 2012

What do you all think about wearing makeup? I have many friends who wear makeup but I also have many who don’t, not even to cover up zits or anything. Many girls ask meabout this. I don’t usually wear any or if I do only a little… so??

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  1. CJ

    I wear makeup in moderation, and not every day.
    If I’m wearing makeup for the day, I always wash my face beforehand.
    I use Bare Minerals, and even thought it’s a little more pricey, I promise you: Their foundation is absolutely amazing!!
    Anyways–I believe that wearing makeup is fine, as long as it’s in moderation, and as long as it’s only used to highlight your features. Foundation, lipstick/gloss, mascara, and eyeshadow is all I use, but some may want blush as well. I hardly ever wear mascara and/or eyeshadow, just because it takes longer and my time in the morning is very limited! Applying foundation only takes a few seconds, though. Oh, and I also use the Bare Minerals Blemish Therapy, and that’s pretty good too if you have mild acne or blemishes. If you’re interested in the Bare Minerals stuff, here’s their website:
    http://www.bareescentuals.com
    You can also find their stuff at places like ULTA if you don’t want to pay shipping. 😉 I really recommend their foundation and mascara! 😉

    But, anyway: My bottom line is: Use makeup if you want and if your parents allow it–BUT (1) Wash face before application, (2) Never share makeup or brushes and spread germs, (3) Use in moderation and don’t feel like your any less beautiful without it on, (4) don’t spend a huge amount of time applying makeup, and (5) Only wear it to highlight your God-given features!! 😀

    # August 3, 2012

    • CJ

      I should add that I only use natural looking colors for eyeshadow (when I wear it at all-which is rare! 😛 ) like light pinks and browns. 🙂

      # August 8, 2012

  2. Kat

    You might check out these previous discussions on similar topics:

    http://nogreaterjoy.org/blogs/preparingtobeahelpmeet/does-god-want-me-to-wear-makeup/

    http://nogreaterjoy.org/blogs/preparingtobeahelpmeet/how-old-should-you-be-to-start-wearing-makeup-2/

    I have a guy friend (he’s the “flirtatious” guy with the shy brothers that I wrote about in this discussion: http://nogreaterjoy.org/blogs/preparingtobeahelpmeet/natural-flirt/ ) who shared some wisdom with me a while back about girls and makeup. We were both at a get-together of dozens of young people. This girl with over-the-top makeup walked by and without thinking, he turned an whispered to me, “Do you think she has a face under all that?” He immediately followed up with, “Oops, I didn’t mean to say that. I wasn’t trying to be mean. But c’mon, is all that makeup really necessary?” I wish I’d had a tape recorder to record what he said next, but I will try to write it down as close to what he said as possible.

    He said, “I may be wrong, but this is how I see it. God created men and women very differently. Guys shouldn’t try to be like girls and girls shouldn’t try to be like guys. God made women to be sweet and kind and beautiful and feminine – way different from guys. I mean, c’mon, God made guys out of dirt, okay? All women are beautiful – God made you that way and you shouldn’t try to hide it. All that makeup is not necessary. If girls like it and think it’s fun, then, sure, they can wear a little bit. But honestly, guys like it just as much when you don’t. I think girls are just as beautiful without makeup.”

    Now please understand that I’m not saying 1) you shouldn’t wear makeup or 2) you should base you choice on what guys say, but I think my friend made a good point. If we’re just wearing a little bit because it’s fun and makes us feel dressed up, then fine. But God did make us beautiful just the way we are and to goop up our faces so we look like something from a circus is not being good stewards of the gift of beauty that God has given us.

    Personally, in moderation, I think makeup is just like fixing our hair or wearing nice clothes or taking good care of our skin and nails. It is part of being a respectable-looking witness for Christ. I have worked in environments where it would be considered very unprofessional, sloppy and inappropriate to not wear makeup to work. part of being a witness in that environment was wearing makeup and fixing my hair every morning.

    Whatever you decide to do, just remember that your body is not your own. You were bought with a price and your “reasonable service” is to glorify the Lord with your body. 🙂

    # August 3, 2012

  3. Emily G

    I don’t really wear it, unless I’m going on a date with my hubby. I don’t think either way is wrong, it’s heart motive thta’s important.

    # August 3, 2012

  4. Anna Grace

    I think it’s alright as long as it looks natural – not heavy gobs of dark mascara and eyeshadow that makes you look like a raccoon. 🙂 Also, another thing to think about it how bad standard cosmetic products are for your skin. They are full of all sorts of toxic chemicals and our skin is our largest organ. It absorbs everything. I like to make my own natural cosmetic products. Activated charcoal makes a good eyeshadow (it’s completely natural – even edible and you can get it from http://www.bulkherbstore.com) and I make blush and lip stain out of beets: One beet, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 Tablespoon honey, mash in blender or food processor, and strain. It lasts a few weeks in the refrigerator, or you could can it or freeze it to preserve it longer. I haven’t been able to find a good recipe for making my own foundation. I tried ground up eggshells, and the keep the shininess away, but you can’t really see it and it doesn’t cover anything up. I’ve thought about trying bentonite clay and mixing it with some other thing so make it the right color, but I haven’t tried it yet. (Bentonite Clay you can also get from http://www.bulkherbstore.com – can you tell I like that place?) I see nothing wrong with putting natural ingredients from the earth on my face. After all, I wear deoderant and put on lotion, wear jewelry and put flowers in my hair – what’s the difference? Experiment with natural ingredients and have fun!

    # August 4, 2012

  5. Anna May

    Every now and then I just like to wear mascara. I don’t ever wear powder and foundation and eye shadow or any of that type of stuff. I personal think its silly for girls to wear it when they don’t really need it. I don’t think it is wrong but for me personally I like to stick to natural beauty as much as I can!
    Also it depends on the reason that you are wearing it. I think if you are wearing tons of it and really making yourself look like something your not then you are most likely going to attract the wrong kind of guys!!! This is just my opinion and doesn’t apply to all 🙂

    # August 4, 2012

  6. Kate

    This is a matter of personal conviction and taste.

    I wear makeup, but the bottom line is that a man likes to find a woman who takes care of herself.

    If you don’t wear makeup, chances are, the man that asks you to be his wife likes you that way, and vice versa. So what kind of man do you want?

    And last of all, makeup needs to be done tastefully, and in a way that doesn’t draw undue attention to a woman. The Lord is looking for inwardly-adorned women, not one that puts all her effort into the outside.

    # August 6, 2012

  7. Kelsey Marie

    I started wearing makeup when I was 14. I keep it simple – mascara, lip gloss, and during the winter I wear blush. As long as a girl is merely ‘bringing out’ her features, I think it’s nice, but I don’t agree when a girl has painted it on, basically ‘redoing’ her features!

    # August 6, 2012

  8. Abby

    Personally, I like make-up (how it looks) as long as there isn’t too much. I don’t like to wear it because it’s a hassle. I suppose if you spent too much time on it–buying it, putting it on, keeping it like that– then it could be a stumbling block in your relationship with the Lord, but I don’t think that there is anything *wrong* with it. Hope this helps!

    # August 7, 2012

  9. Beth

    I don’t wear make-up, however I don’t need to. My sister wears some – more than I think she should. I also have two sister-in-laws, they both wear make-up. They need to, the one more than the other. She is sooo pale without it. They both still look natural. I say that if it is a distraction or draws unwanted attention don’t. I’m always for a natural look.

    # August 7, 2012

  10. Evelyn

    Ok, this is my opinion. I have not done an extremely in-depth biblical study on it, so I won’t be using much scripture reference. Some will disagree with me, but I am not trying to start any arguments. I am simply telling you what I have found to work for me.

    In my opinion, makeup should mainly be used to cover up flaws and look natural. Whether it be zits, uneven skin tone, scars, veins, under eye bags from low sleep, covering it up is fine with me. I try to stay close to my normal skin tone though– it can look pretty silly when a woman’s face is one color and her neck is another!

    I wear a pinkish blush on my cheeks, similar color to what my face actually turns when I have been smiling a lot.
    I wear a slightly shiny lipstick gloss that is about one shade darker than my lips.

    I also curl my eyelashes– mainly because this (for me) helps my eyes stand out and keep the attention on my face. If people are drawn into your eyes, in my opinion they are more likely to pay attention to what you are saying. I might wear mascara to an event but usually not on a daily basis.

    I personally don’t like eyeshadow because it just doesn’t look natural. God didn’t make us with blue/green/purple/what-have-you eyelids. He did make us with clean skin (sometimes haha) and rosy cheeks etc…
    This is also why I personally avoid outrageous colors of blush and lipstick.

    I used to be one of the ones who never wore any makeup. But I have found that I can be more confident and focus on others when I am not worried if they are looking at the giant zit on my forehead… etc. But I also try to stay away from always wearing makeup and who I wear it around. Kind of like the “be all things to all people”. If I have a friend who has really bad acne, I will wear less makeup at least some of the time and maybe purposefully sometimes not cover up zits because I don’t want to make her feel insecure around me. Also I am trying not to become attached to makeup because who knows maybe one day I will marry a man who doesn’t like it!

    To kind of sum up– I personally try to use makeup in a way that flatters but does not distract from what God has given me and in a way that does not distract others. But I don’t always wear it and ma trying not to be attached. I have never personally seen anything in the Bible that prohibits makeup as long as you have the right attitude while wearing it. I know the Bible does talk about adornment not only coming from plaiting the hair etc. but from the inside. In my opinion makeup is fine to be used as long as your attitude about it is right. I think someone (one of the Bethanys?) has also written an excellent response to a similar question, you may want to check out other threads if you don’t get many responses here.

    Just my two bits–

    # August 7, 2012

    • Brenna

      I very much agree with “your two bits”!

      # August 9, 2012

  11. daddys girl

    Hey girl!
    My frien Naomi told me the other day her reasons for not wearing makeup, they pretty much summed up all of mine. 1. Its expensive. 2. <Most girl wear it to attract dudes. 3. You should be confident in your own skin. Yes, i do wear concealer…my dad thinks i wear so much it makes me break out more. i think he's right, but theres the cycle of not wearing it and looking a littel funny. Or theres the wearing it and having it worse. I don't think its a sin, too…My brother says cover up is Bibblical, the bible says be modest and you don't want a big zit showing. So be modest, cover it up:) On afunny note, my dad covers up his zits if he has a big red one, i get a kick out of seeing him hold my bottle of makeup rubbing it on his head:)

    # August 31, 2012