This picture, of my beautiful friend, inspired me to write about how and why some girls wear makeup. What is your perception of beauty?
The photo above shows two sides of beauty, natural and made-up. My friend added makeup to half of her face and left the other side natural. Some people may think that my friend’s left side is pretty, loving her natural beauty. Others may say that her right side is pretty, liking the way that she looks with her makeup on. People’s perception of beauty varies. So, what is beauty?
The 3rd Side of Beauty
Most people say that beauty is based on our outward looks. Some favor a more made-up look while others may say that beauty is natural. I would like us to think about another side of beauty, our inside beauty, and how our attitude can affect the way we look. Before we can be beautiful outwardly we need to be beautiful inwardly. Loving ourselves is a must, but also just as important is how we treat and love others.
My friend, in the photo above, accepted a challenge where she did not wear any makeup for a week. She looked so lovely everyday. She is always happy, funny, and full of life. It made me stop and think about the importance of my attitude rather than my appearance. I love being around my friend because of her positive attitude not because she is or isn’t beautiful. Instead of trying a new face powder or eyeliner let’s all try a new attitude and see how that helps our faces glow!
Hiding Behind Makeup
There is nothing wrong with wearing makeup, but when girls wear it to hide who they are then there is a problem. I think that makeup should enhance our natural beauty, and that less is best.
Bright red lips, hot pink cheeks, and thick black eye liner on teens jump out to me as red flags. What are they trying to hide? Are they trying to “paint” over the ugliness or hurt living inside of them by attempting to make what people see on the outside more beautiful? I would challenge those teens to add an extra smile to their day and take off a little “paint” and see how people’s perception of them changes. My bet is that they will get a lot more compliments on their beautiful smile than they do their red lipstick.
Don’t get me wrong I have caught myself “hiding” sometimes. I tend to get caught up with the perception of needing to wear makeup. What I really need is to be more kind, caring and compassionate.
After all, isn’t beauty just one person’s perception? Remember that while someone may think the make-up side of my friend is beautiful someone else thinks the natural side is just as beautiful. So, build a beautiful foundation and the rest will follow (makeup or not).
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.