I (Anna) had been thinking about posting about such things for quite some time, so with her encouragement we decided to do it! Also, the format, as more of a forum discussion, is a little easier to write. So, we'll state a topic, and Miriam and I will each give our opinion of it. In the comment section, we would enjoy hearing your thoughts as well!
Please keep in mind that our answers are not laid-down rules that everyone should follow. They just reflect our thoughts and experiences.
To make things easier and shorter, we will do a series of posts, one for each topic, like makeup, nail polish, hair, jewelery, and whatever else we think of. Let us know if you think of something you'd like to see discussed!
Right now, I don't wear makeup if I can help it. :-) It's not because I hate it or think it's awfully bad - it's mainly because I don't want to take the time to put it on each day. For dance recitals and theatrical things where I'll be under bright lights, I do put some on to help my face not get washed out, and sometimes I wear it to dress up and take pictures with friends. Even then, I try not to overdo it. Other than those times, except for a little lip gloss once-in-a-while, I rarely wear makeup. It's just too much of a hassle, in my opinion!
I think girls need to realize that makeup is not what makes them pretty. When I was younger, my parents didn't allow me to wear makeup, so I didn't have to decide whether or not I was going to - I just knew I couldn't! As I grew older and mom told me I could start wearing it if I wanted to, I found that I really didn't want to. Not only did I not want to take the time to put it on each day, I also had seen the experiences of many other girls, and didn't want to find my beauty in powder and paint.
A girl explained to me once how she started wearing makeup all the time: "At first I wore it only on special occasions, then to church every Sunday, and then I couldn't stand seeing myself without it on!" Though I feel pretty and special with makeup on, I want people to see my true self, my real face, even if it's not as beautiful or perfect as the next girl's. It's who I am.
In the TV series "Frontier House" (which I don't necessarily recommend), three families took the challenge of living exactly like people did on the prairie in the 1800s for a time while their experiences were documented. As the women and teenage girls fretted about having to give up makeup for 3 months and appear on TV without it, one of the dad made a good observation (and I roughly quote): "In times past, women covered up there bodies and let their faces show. Nowadays, women cover up their face and expose their bodies." I like the former way much better.
Another plus of not wearing it is that it's healthier for your face not to have something on it all the time. Makeup will sometime clog pores and cause acne to break out. A clean face with the love of Christ shining through your eyes will cause you to look lovely! Inner beauty is of much more importance than outer beauty.
Do I think it's bad to wear makeup? No, but you should examine your motivation. If you can't bear to see yourself without it and think you're only pretty with it on, you should probably step back and reevaluate your priorities. God made each woman beautiful in her own way, and you should be afraid to let your true face shine forth! Does that mean I'll never wear makeup? I don't know what the future holds, but I don't plan on wearing it on a regular basis anytime soon. If you do wear it, always remember that moderation and simplicity is usually better then extravagance!
When I was younger, all thoughts of anything girly pretty much didn't enter my mind. I was outside almost all the time and I was pretty much a tomboy. But, the inclination was still there. The desire to dress nicely for occasions and church on Sundays eventually turned into sometimes painting my nails (though I still do that very rarely) and actually wanting to fix my hair nicely (something I didn't care about for the longest). When I turned 14, Mother said that I could start wearing makeup if I wanted to, but I hated the stuff! =) I did start wearing it for concerts, but still protested the mascara, which was a little necessary for my short eyelashes.
Now, I wear makeup occasionally. By makeup, I mean face powder, blush, and sometimes mascara. I usually only wear face powder if my face has broken out, then I use it as a cover up. But I never have liked the idea of wearing a lot of color on my face. It seems so unreal and I have always enjoyed just being me.Now, would you please share?
- What are your thoughts on makeup?
- Do you wear it or do you not?
- What are your reasons for wearing/not wearing it?