Is Wearing Makeup a Sin?

Kindred to millions of girls all over the world, young and mature alike, a love affair between myself and makeup has lasted for a time longer than I care to recall. Every morning (or afternoon…) I either opt for a heavy glam style or minimal makeup look. Sometimes I don’t wear makeup at all. Do you have a favorite cosmetic product? Mine is foundation, because I know I’m pretty particular about it. For a while I used to have somewhat bad acne and for the life of me could not find a full coverage foundation to conceal my imperfections.  Over time, though, as my face became less and less problematic, I continued to wear the heavy makeup and thick eyeliner.  I swear, black liquid liner literally smells fear, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. You don’t even have to have a steady hand because the smudged and smoky look is beautiful, too. I’ve been wearing makeup almost every day since I was probably 13. I’m 21 now, so…you do the math.

When some people think of makeup, they think of Jezebel and how the concept of make up is evil. Oh, really now? 1 Peter 3:3-4 is usually shoved in my face when people challenge my opposing view. Painting my eyes and wearing lipstick will send me to Hell, they say. Let me clear this up right now, okay? If you do anything, whether it’s drinking alcohol, wearing clothes, applying makeup, watching TV, performing duties at your job, or even ordering at a restaurant, if you don’t do it for God, who are you doing it for? Is it in vain? Is it for worship? That’s for you to decide. Ecclesiastes 5:18 says, “Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.” What is your lot and what are you doing with it? This is not a matter merely of makeup, rather the motive of things you do on a day-to-day basis. 1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quite spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” Are you neglecting your spiritual life for the sake of your “outward adornment“? “Before each young woman was taken to the king’s bed, she was given the prescribed twelve months of beauty treatments — six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments.” Esther 2:12. Esther was a godly young women who was utilized to deliver her people from being killed by Haman, an evil man. I’m pretty sure that she carried out her calling with some kohl around her eyes. Remember to consider what God says is beauty the next time you apply lipstick. He created you in His image (Gen. 1:27) as already fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps.139:14.) Not a single makeup brand offers you that chance of appearance, but only God. But the Lord said to Samuel, “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”