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How to Wear Makeup in a Feminine and God Honoring Way

By: Kristen Clark

Back in high school, I had the most unexpected run-in with a random dad in regards to the amount of makeup on my face. I was attending a Christian conference and chatting with a few sisters I had met, when their dad suddenly slipped into our conversation.

After several minutes of casual chatting, he looked and me and politely stated the following:

“You have naturally beautiful features,” he said, ” but the amount of makeup you’re wearing seems to be covering them up. As a dad and a man, I think you would look a lot better than you think with less makeup.”

Slightly shocked and stunned at his bold comment, I thanked him for his “fatherly” advice and quickly formulated an exit plan.

At the time, I thought the volume of my makeup was perfect. I thought this dad was totally off and completely out of touch with modern beauty.

Well, ten years later I’m humbled to report that this random dad was 100% right.

I’m actually embarrassed to show people my high school pictures due to the dark, thick, layers of eye makeup masking my face. My parents tried to tell me that less was more, but I didn’t listen. I always thought more was better.

Like so many young girls, I saw the models on billboards and magazine covers and quickly formulated my opinion of beauty based on them.

Since these models wore dark, heavy makeup, I naturally did the same.

I wanted to look “beautiful” too.

Instead of looking feminine, classy and pretty, my makeup distracted from my natural features and portrayed more of a sexual, flirty and seductive look.

I see young girls today in the same boat.

Is it wrong to wear makeup? I don’t think so. The Bible isn’t opposed to women looking beautiful – it’s opposed to women looking seductive and worldly. I view makeup as a tool. And like any tool, it depends on the user to get the best results out of it.

So how can we, as Christian girls, wear makeup in a God honoring and feminine way?

1. Keep it natural.

Some people view makeup as a bad thing because they say it hides our natural God-given beauty. This opinion is valued, but I happen to cordially disagree. When used in the right way, I believe makeup can enhance our natural God-given beauty, not hide it.

Just like we comb our hair, shave our legs, brush our teeth, and pluck our eyebrows – makeup can help freshen our appearance. There’s nothing “more godly” about displaying the dark circles under my eyes after a night of little sleep.

By applying a natural amount of concealer and foundation, my skin gets an overall appearance boost.

Those untimely pimples and red spots (a result of our fallen bodies) get nicely covered up without changing the natural look of my face.

When applying makeup, choose colors that enhance the natural colors of your face. My eyelashes are a light (light) brown, so I enhance them by applying a dark brown (to soft black) mascara.

I use a thin line of eyeliner to frame the natural shape of my eyelids, I use an eyebrow pencil to slightly darken the natural color of my eyebrows, and I use a natural bronzer to add a little color to my face.

2. Keep it feminine.

God obviously made guys and girls to look different. He intentionally made women to be beautiful and feminine in appearance. When applying makeup, strive to enhance your God-given femininity, not take away from it.

We live in a culture where makeup is often used to create a seductive and sexualized look on women. This should not be our goal. The Bible has a lot to say about worldly women (Proverbs 7, ) and we need to avoid that “look.”

3. Keep it classy

I hate to say it, but too much eye shadow, lipstick, and eyeliner can sometimes look plain trashy. Trying new colors can be fun, but it takes a bit of artistic skill to apply color in a classy and organized way. Since we serve a God of order and organization, we want our faces to reflect that.

We don’t want our faces to distract people from getting to know the “real us” either. We don’t want our eye shadow to be so crazy and colorful that it steals the show. As Christians girls, we want our faces to be welcoming and inviting so we can share the love of Christ with others.

Makeup is a tool and can be used for good or for bad.

It’s up to us to wisely use it in a God honoring way. Obviously the Bible doesn’t give us a makeup tutorial, so it’s up to us to discern and pray about how to honor God best in this area.

For some of you, makeup might not be something you choose to wear, and that’s perfectly alright! For others, you may choose to wear it and that’s perfectly alright too. We need to be careful not to place our own convictions and rules on other people when the Bible doesn’t.

Be wise. Use discernment. Look natural. Reflect a God of order. That’s my advice to you.

Now it’s your turn to share!

  • Do you wear makeup? If so, why did you choose to wear it? If not, why did you choose not to wear it?
  • What makeup products and brands do you use? I’d love to hear your favorite makeup tips!

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86 Responses to How to Wear Makeup in a Feminine and God Honoring Way

  1. Mary says:

    I don’t wear make up at all! These are my reasons 1. I don’t need it! 2. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” LOL!!! 3.It doesn’t make sense to wear your make up to LOOK NATURUAL…because natural is without make up…and if your making your make up to look like your not wearing any, THAN WHY WEAR ANY??? I’m jus sayin! 4.Plus its bad for your skin…same way all that laying out in the sun that girls do to get a tan…fry your skin and youll be getting premature wrinkles! 5. Oh and plus, MAKE UP IS EXPENSIVE!!! I can’t believe how much girls spend on that stuff…all that money can be spent on CUUUUTE CLOTHES!!! heeeeey!!! Soooo I definatley do have the opposite view than you girls on that matter, buuuuuut I do appreciate the fact that your at least encouraging girls to wear less, to honor God and to be natural! :))))

    • Grace O says:

      Haha! Thank you Mary for you comment!!! 😀 I agree!!! The only makeup I wear is mascara and sometimes lip gloss. I used to wear more but then I realized… “WHY AM I DOING THIS??” Sometimes makeup does look nice… but really it’s kinda pointless. 😛 So many people cover up their face with a “mask” and I think in its like like trying to cover up who they really are. Which makes me sad. I have many friends who do that and sometimes I just want to come up and tell them “Your wearing way to much makeup girl it ridiculous!!” 😛 Hehe, thanks again for posting your opinion! 😀

      • Mary says:

        Haha! Thank you Grace! I’ve never worn make up! I’m 32 years old and people guess me to be in my late teens/early20’s all the time! I think that not wearing makeup has really helped preserve my youth! :)))

        • Grace O says:

          That’s so awesome! I’m 15! 😛 And girls my age are always just coating it on and I think it’s really annoying! And even my brothers and guy friends agree that makeup is just silly and covers up your real face. I’m glad there’s more girls like you who agree with me! :)))

          • Mary says:

            Exactley! Stay strong in what you believe! As you get older you will be tempted to change your mind! Its not just about being confident in your beauty, because there will be times when you don’t feel so beautiful! Especially with acne and stuff! But just remember that its not really changing what you really are, its covering what you really are up!!! Ironically, this post caused me to examine exactly why I believe what I believe. I questioned several close guy friends on what they think they think the difference between wearing makeup and maintenance of oneself is…One guy friend had a very good point, he said that maintenance of yourself is taking care of yourself, like putting lotion on your face etc…he said that makeup is ACTUALLY painting your face. I was like, WOW that was good!!! I’m glad this post was written tho because its made me really think about WHY I do what I do! I think i’m going to write a blog post on my blog about WHY I don’t wear make up!!! P.S. I LOVE your name! That’s my sister-in-laws! 🙂

          • Grace O says:

            Thank you so much for that awesome advice! 🙂 Your right, there are definitely times I don’t feel pretty or I feel like I’m different than other girls. But in a way, I like being different. 😉 I just have to remember that my worth comes from Jesus and not what other people think of me. 🙂 And what’s the name of your blog? I’d love to read your post! 😀 (And hehe, thank you. XD)

          • Mary says:

            Your welcome Grace! That’s right, our identity is in Christ!!!! And I like being different too!!! That’s what my bog is all about, My MARYNESS!!! :)))) The name of my blog is Classic Mary Moments if you put that in google it will come up… I didn’t put the link because I don’t think they like us to post links in the comments…I think they’ve deleted them before when I’ve done that so I want to respectful of them for that…Ill post the link on a separate comment and then they can delete it if they want, otherwise just put Classic Mary Moments into Google!!! 🙂

          • Grace O says:

            Thanks Mary! I’ll definitely look it up! 😀 Your words have been super encouraging. Thank you! 🙂

          • Mary says:

            Your very, very, VERY welcome!!! (:

  2. Hailey says:

    This was excellent! I like how you made the point, “The Bible isn’t opposed to women looking beautiful – it’s opposed to women looking seductive and worldly.” I normally wear some makeup unless I’m just going to the gym or lying around the house. I wear moisturizer–I don’t remember the brand–as well as light brown eyeshadow and black mascara. I think the mascara is CoverGirl. I honestly have no clue. 🙂 You can tell behind my glasses that I’m wearing eyeshadow, but it’s not really overpowering. I’m 16; I know much younger girls who wear globs of makeup in various bright colors and it makes me so sad when I see that and then see them acting in ways that I know are not really them. Like, it’s okay; you can be who God made you to be, and if people don’t like it’s their problem. Okay, that was a really long comment!

    • Hailey says:

      Oh, also–this may help some people. A couple of years ago my mom took me to the Merle Norman store at our mall and they did a analysis on me; one of the ladies working there told me which colors would look natural with my skin, eyes, etc. The analysis was free but then of course they want you to buy the products they showed you 🙂

  3. Grace says:

    This is great 🙂 I will 100% be sharing this on Facebook later…

    I’m 16 and I choose to wear makeup because it’s totally fun helps me feel more awake and fresh, I’m not afraid not to wear any but will wear it most of the time when I’m out.
    Although I am no pro, my makeup is normally very natural and you can even see my freckles (something which I used to hate) and for some reason I always feel good when my friends can’t pick if I’ve got anything on.

    TIP: I find that if you’re going to put eyeliner on and you only want it to help define your eyes, put it on the waterline on your top lid. You may have to lift the lid up a little to put it on and trust me, you’ll look weird when you do but it creates a really natural look.

    The brands I use are…

    Inika (foundation)
    Nude by Nature (powders)
    And some Australian brands which I don’t think would be of any use… 🙂

    Thanks for the post 😀

  4. Lizzy says:

    This was very helpful and will give me a nice starting place. Thank you so much!

  5. I’m sixteen and I do wear makeup. I wear cover stick, foundation, blush, eyebrow pencil, and mascara. Since I’m a pale skinned, blue eyed, redhead, makeup was SO HARD for me to figure out. My eyebrows and eyelashes are naturally white blonde, so any bit of eyebrow pencil or mascara was very obvious.

    It took me a while, but I think I’ve pretty much figured out makeup that works for me. Lots of people have told me that it looks really natural but really nice. However, I too have a lot of pictures that I don’t want people to see because I seriously botched my eyebrow pencil or something. 🙂

    Thanks for the post!! 🙂

    • Christianna says:

      I also struggle with that!! I have quite dark tanned skin, grey eyes and blonde hair with light eyebrows! Still trying to find a way to use makeup without looking ridiculous haha 😉

    • Quite Distinguished says:

      Hi Anastasis,

      You might find a “personal color analysis” (also called a PCA) helpful at some point. I’m not an analyst, so I’m not trying to sell you anything….I’m just a very happy recipient of a color analysis wanting to spread the joy. 🙂

      What it is: a trained analyst uses calibrated color “drapes” to see how your skin reacts to different colors, shades, tones, warmth vs coolness….etc. ….and ultimately discovers what colors look best on you (your “season”). The good analysts can give you makeup recommendations that will complement your skin tone, and look very natural.

      I had a PCA done earlier this year, and it has been super helpful. The colors that look natural on me are NOT ones I would generally look at on the store shelves and say “Oh, I think I’ll try this.” They’re the ones I’d jokingly say “wear this if you want to look like a neon sign” because they’re SOOOooo bright!! (My BEST shirt color is lime green!) But once they’re on my body/face, the colors don’t look that bright….they coordinate with and enhance my features.

      PCAs can tend to be expensive, but they’re SO worth it! You can also look at some blogs (recomendations below) that might help you determine what season you might fit into–and many bloggers post makeup recommendations or lists. Pinterest is another great place to search for ideas.
      – Color me Pretty
      – Truth is Beauty
      – 12 Blueprints (a little more challenging to navigate…but worth the effort to find the blog)
      – Cate Linden Chromatics

      *Note: I don’t endorse any of these bloggers personal views, but I have found their analysis of color helpful

      • Thank you so much! I’ve heard of this and my mom has helped me with my colors a lot (she’s AMAZING at colors). This is helpful, too, though! I will check out some of those blogs! Thanks for taking the time to write all this up! 🙂

  6. Phil. 4:13 says:

    I wear a little makeup, foundation, blush, and mascara. I put it on to enhance by God given beauty, but I don’t wear it all the time. Just to church or if I’m going somewhere special. The makeup that I use is All natural and no matter how much you put on, it still looks like you don’t have a lot on, Which I LOVE. I was wondering if u could do a video on how you wear/put on your makup?

  7. I don’t wear makeup (I’m 16 like a lot of other commenters here). A few of my reasons: 1) it’s a waste of time IMO, and I really don’t have any time to waste lately; 2) I don’t need it – in all humility I think I’m pretty without it; 3) I don’t have extra cash to spend on it – and that stuff is expensive!

    I think it’s fine to wear makeup in small amounts and in a way that looks natural. In fact, I recently discovered that a good friend of mine wears makeup – I had no idea until the first morning at summer camp together!

  8. Merci says:

    I’m 18 and I’ve been really interested in make up recently ! Mainly because my 19 year old sister is in the F&B service line, so her job requires her to wear a little make up to look presentable and neat. I’ve discovered some ways to wear makeup naturally so it helps. Natural beauty is great =)

  9. Michaela says:

    I wear make up. A friend of mine said that she does not see the point of wearing make up to cover up pimples cuz she thinks that is what pimples come from I could not believe her. Anyway I tried wearing no make up for a while but it made no difference. So I am back to wearing somemake up to cover up my red spots etc. On the bad days. I think it looks nicer when everybody doesn’t have to look at my pimple covered face lol. I do not wear mascara very often cuz I have contacts and it iritates my eyes sometimes, but I like wearing it. Same goes for eyeshadow (I like light pink and neutral brown colors ) which is really bad with my contacts on some days *sad * oh well 😛 Any tipps about that btw ?

    • Christianna says:

      Hey girl!! I wear contacts too and I find that I’d I want to wear stuff on my eyes… (mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner) if I put on eyeliner and eyeshadow first it doesn’t irritate me, but if I put it after then it does. I don’t know why haha, just does! Hope it works for you too!! ♥

  10. Mella TJ says:

    I am one of the only girls in my high school that doesn’t wear heavy makeup. Thank you for this 🙂

  11. Amaris Watje says:

    Love this post! This is a subject my mom and I have been debating for a while now. She prefers the “no make-up” approach while I would like to wear make-up once in a while. Thanks for the tips!

  12. Maggie Fipps says:

    I am a middle school er and that just started wearing makeup. I also think that after you start wearing makeup it makes you a little self conscious when you don’t wear makeup. I think as long as you are confident in who you are, you can be ok wearing makeup. As long as you aren’t making it your security.

    • ThePoeticMusician says:

      Wow, such a great point! Especially coming from someone of your age. I totally agree. So many girls make it their security and they can’t go without it. Personally I am 21, and wear natural-colored makeup, namely, foundation/concealer, mascara, and eyeliner. I’ll straighten/curl my hair as well. I used to be of the opinion that makeup was evil, though even my own mother wore it, and thus never wore any in my highschool/early college years. I have come to the conclusion that it is not evil–but has the potential to become so. A lot like wealth, or college. I also went to college, and work full time in the corporate world. None of those things I believe to be wrong at all, though I have held that position in the past.

      As long as one keeps her beauty radiating from the inside out, and shining clearly the light of Jesus, I don’t believe that makeup is wrong. However, too much can point to a spirit of worldliness and a love for the things of the world. But as long as one steers clear of that, I believe that she can definitely wear makeup to the glory of God!

  13. Acts 2:38 says:

    In vain you beautify yourself. Vanity is not of God.

  14. Acts 2;38 says:

    John 2:15-16 ESV

    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

    Peter 3:3-4 ESV

    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 quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

  15. Rachel Rowbottom says:

    I agree 100% that the Bible isn’t against us girls looking beautiful, just looking seductive and worldly. I personally don’t wear makeup, as I don’t want to spend the time or money I could be using on something else, and most makeups have harmful chemicals in them.
    I think it’s a girl’s freedom whether she wants to wear makeup or not, and if she want to use cover-up to hide some acne or something, that’s fine. But I don’t agree with wearing eyeliner or eye shadow because both of those are mentioned in the bible, and always mentioned with a seductive, immodest woman. Even the word cosmetics stems from a word meaning worldly.
    Ezekiel 23:40
    sisters sent messengers to distant lands to get men. Then when they
    arrived, you bathed yourselves, painted your eyelids, and put on your
    finest jewels for them.
    2 King 9:30
    “Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she put on eye makeup, arranged her hair and looked out of a window.”
    Jeremiah 4:30
    What are you doing, you devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet
    and put on jewels of gold? Why highlight your eyes with makeup? You
    adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers despise you; they want to kill you.
    God made us naturally beautiful, and it’s more important for us to have a good character than a beautiful face. We also have to be careful not to be vain about our appearances.
    1 Peter 3:3-4
    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

    • Marie says:

      I can see your point about the Bible speaking against eye makeup, but I’m afraid that I disagree. I think the point of those passages was women seducting man. Those women in those verses used eye makeup for that sinful purpose, and I assume that they probably used alot. I think that if we wear makeup so that it does not look seductive then it is ok. I don’t think that the Bible was specifically speaking against makeup but against trying to draw attention to yourself and seducting man. But like you said it is more important to be beautiful on the inside than outside, so I think that this is a pretty trivial matter. Blessings! 🙂

  16. Quite Distinguished says:

    This brings back a painful memory of 12-year-old me arrogantly announcing at a friend’s Mary Kay birthday party: “My mom says I’m so pretty I don’t NEED makeup!” (Seventeen year later, present day me hangs head in shame).

    I wear makeup every day, and I like it. My makeup is tastefully done, and suits my
    skin type and features. I use a mish-mash of brands: Rimmel, ELF, Pixi, and Covergirl…all drugstore brands, so it doesn’t have to be expensive.

    A quick note on “natural” makeup: The key to natural looking makeup is the color. Most think “natural” means shades of beige, tan, and brown….but each person has a unique set of colors that look “natural” on them. Just as you want to wear clothing that complements your shape, you want to wear makeup colors that complement your natural coloring. I would highly recommend having a personal color analysis (“PCA”) done to find your season and best colors (probably most applicable to ladies in
    their 20s or older). The color analysis process reveals what colors, intensities, and shades…etc. suit you best. I had one done earlier this year and it has made a WORLD of difference in my wardrobe and makeup choices. For example, I am a Bright Winter which means I look best with mostly cool-toned, bright, clear colors (Ex. lime green, strawberry red, royal blue, bright pink, turquoise…etc.). I look my best when my clothing and makeup reflect those qualities of coolish-bright-clear. A look in my makeup bag would reveal that my blush and lipstick are “Barbie pink”… my eyeliner and eye shadow are charcoal grey….and my foundation is the lightest ivory I can find. These colors would look clownish on many other people, but they look perfectly natural on me (if I could post before and after pictures I would–the transformation was incredible).

    Funny story…. After my PCA and switch to my new colors, I wore much less makeup than before because my color choices harmonized with my skin, and looked much more flattering than my previous “natural” beiges and browns. A coworker approached me on a day I was only wearing under-eye-concealer, eyeliner and tinted lip balm, and said: “I’m so glad you’ve finally started wearing makeup…you look so much better with it than without. You actually look alive today.” (…and he was dead serious too!)

    • Mary says:

      That’s kind of a sad compliment!!! 🙁

    • Nikki says:

      How would one have a PCA done? I’m curious.

      • Quite Distinguished says:

        You basically sit with a makeup-free face under a powerful light that mimics daylight while a trained analyst uses calibrated color “drapes” to see how your skin reacts to different colors, shades, tones, warmth vs coolness….etc. Typically they look at 3 key things: Hue (warm vs cool), Value (lightness vs darkness), and Chroma (color intensity: pure vs muted). There are about 12 combinations of these qualities—which are categorized into “seasons” based on primary hue. Spring and Autumn are considered warm seasons, and Summer and Winter are considered cool seasons. Within those 4 main seasons, variations of Value and Chroma will be further broken down into categories like: Soft, Dark, Light, & Bright.

        While comparing drapes, the analyst looks for changes in your skin (yellowing, redness, blotchiness, brightness…etc.), and changes in your eyes (sunkenness, puffiness, brightening….etc). Because of how the drapes are calibrated, the effect on your face helps the analyst rule out certain qualities. For example, I turned pea-soup-green under 100% warm-toned colors….and deathly grey under 100% cool-tone colors…..which tells the analyst that I have a neutral skin tone (mix of warm and cool)—she just had to determine if I was primarily warm with a little bit of cool, or primarily cool with a little bit of warm. From there she could narrow down whether I need light colors, or dark colors, soft colors (pigments mixed with brown or grey), or bright colors (pure pigments).

        My analyst explained everything as we went along…so I could see the changes right along with her (you’re essentially staring at yourself in a mirror under an unforgivingly accurate light). During the 2 hour process, I watched myself age 20 years, gain weight, lose under-eye circles and red blemishes, look like I’d had makeup professionally done, change eye colors (THAT was a weird one)…etc. At the end, the analyst gives you a fan of color chips for your season, and explains how to use it to select clothing and makeup. Good ones can also give you a list of makeup recommendations—or at least point you to resources where you can find some.

        It’s an AMAZING experience! I’m not an artist. I don’t mix colors or paint, or anything like that, so this whole “color theory” thing has been an incredible glimpse into the creativity of God, the Master Artist who
        created us each with exquisite beauty (Psalm 139:14).

        Additional info:
        – 12blueprints blog
        – Truth is Beauty blog
        – Color me Pretty blog
        – Cate Linden Chromatics blog

        – The 12bluepints site has an article titled: “Personal Colour Analysis” that is a good explanation of PCAs from one of the top color analysts
        alive today. In addition, 12bluprints also has a searchable list of trained color analysts around the world (that’s how I found one near me).

        *I don’t endorse these bloggers personal views, but I have found
        their explanations and examples of color theory helpful.

        • Nikki says:

          Okay. I checked out the sight, however, I live in Florida, (and have a very limited budget) so it probably won’t work out for me, Thank you anyway!

    • Mary says:

      That’s kind of a sad compliment!!! 🙁

  17. Graciela Acosta says:

    Okay here’s the thing, I agree with a lot of what you said, but some girls wear “distinct” looking make-up not because they’re trying to stand out, hide their features, or look seductive, but simply because they like the way it looks. It reflects their personal style. It’s part of what makes them unique. And that doesn’t make a girl a “worldly” woman just because her make-up isn’t entirely natural.

  18. God's Girl <3 says:

    “Trying new colors can be fun, but it takes a bit of artistic skill to apply color in a classy and organized way. Since we serve a God of order and organization, we want our faces to reflect that.”
    Um. What lol. Me having not an artistic bone in my body I still like to experiment with my makeup. I don’t think me being a little messy is dishonoring God.

    • Jesusfreak17 says:

      I don’t think they mean like normal art they just mean not putting it on sloppily without a care or without learning how to do it

  19. CT says:

    Just curious, if anyone out here can answer this: I’ve worn mascara before, and it irritates my eyes. I do have this condition where my eyelashes curve down towards/into my eye. Does anyone have any input or suggestions?

    • Alexandria Brown says:

      I have a friend whose eyes get irritated and she puts Lavender oil in her mascara bottle and it seems to work very well. You can’t use waterproof, though. 🙂 As to your lashes curling in, you can buy a lash curler, heat it a little with a hairdryer, and curl them the right direction. I personally do not own a curler, so I actually use a spoon (Pinterest win!;). Hope this helps!

    • Liz says:

      I tried 100% pure mascara and it works really great for me!

    • Chelsy Bontrager says:

      Definitely use an eyelash curler-it helps me + I’m sure it would help you! You can get one for just a few dollars in the makeup section @ Walmart!

  20. Gabrielle says:

    Nicely written!!

    “When applying makeup, strive to enhance your God-given femininity, not take away from it.” – AMEN!!

    I don’t wear makeup right now, but I might for special occasions after turning 18.

  21. Alexandria Brown says:

    I think that wearing makeup is perfectly fine if the motives are pure. I’m 17 and I started wearing makeup a year ago, but very little. Just a little concealer and foundation to cover acne and red blotches, as well as a light coat of mascara because my lashes are blonde and thin, so if I don’t wear it, I look like I don’t have any lashes at all, which is a slightly awkward. 😉 I’ll wear lipstick on Sundays or formal occasions, but not daily. Anyway, that’s my 2¢. Thanks for the post Kristen!

  22. Macey says:

    Could you post a tutorial on you do your makeup? I’ve been wearing makeup for a little over a year now and you have totally changed my view on it. I would look at the magazines and want to look like them girls, but now that has xhanged. Thank y’all for all that y’all do I really appreciate it.

  23. Nikki says:

    YES!!! Please make a Make-up tutorial!!! That would be SO helpful, especially to us girls who are new to it!!

  24. Chelsy Bontrager says:

    I would love to see a makeup tutorial too! =)
    I wear makeup and love it. Think it adds so much but I definitely amen everything you said in this article!
    I love Covergirl and use that for most of my makeup products, but I also use EveryDay Minerals + Elf and love those too!

  25. Lauren Carns says:

    I love BareMinerals makeup. It is definitely more pricey (unless you watch their online deals!), but it is well worth the money because it covers my blemishes well and is good for my sensitive skin due to the all-natural products. Since we don’t splurge on brand name clothing or other items, it’s a good investment for us. They also seem to carry a very good selection of flattering and feminine colors for the eyes, lips and cheeks. Myself and my two teenage sisters all think that it’s our favorite brand overall.

    To girls that think makeup isn’t a good thing, I’d say that in our culture, tasteful makeup is part of a good personal grooming routine. If I had gone without during my teenage years, people would have been subjected to constantly seeing my painful and unattractive breakouts. Simple makeup does a good job of drawing people’s attention to where it should be: your eyes while you talk and your mouth when you smile. 🙂

  26. Jade says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m probably not quite as old as the rest of the commenters, but I wear some makeup for acne, etc… A resource I would VERY HIGHLY recommend is “Reclaiming Beauty” webinar by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin. They present a really biblical, well-rounded approach to the whole beauty subject – first of all covering what the Bible says, then health and nutrition, makeup, clothing, colors, hair, accessories, occasions, etc., All in all great and my mum and I really enjoyed it. I would very highly recommend it to anyone!

  27. Ina Yefimov says:

    Personally I don’t like makeup. It makes my acne worse. And espcially the mascara bothers and itches me, plus I always rub my eyes. To me it’s just not worth the time and reasources. I’m just fine with how I look. Espcially since without makeup I look better. Maybe in the future I will wear a little.

  28. Kendle Laycock says:

    I’m a minimalist with make-up, I like to wear just enough but not too much. I usually slap on brown mascara and cover-up for my zits, wear chapstick, but have recently enjoyed wearing colored eyeliner that I then blot so it is not a sharp line. Make-up has always been fun, but I dislike taking 15 extra minutes out of my day to apply it. On the other hand, I do feel more feminine with some on, but feel like I’m just not me when I wear (once every 6 mo usually) foundation, blush or even sometimes eyeshadow. I would love to learn how to do a better smoky eye for every once in a while. I feel like as I get older (25), some people do judge me for not wearing enough make-up. I enjoy being stylish in clothing selection, but does war-paint really have to come with it? 😀

  29. thehappygirl says:

    I do like wearing light makeup. Nothing heavy or cakey. I normally wear tinted mosturizer, conceal pimples or blemishes, use brown eyeliner in my lash line (it helps make your lashes look fuller!), black mascara, and lip balm. Nothing too drastic. Simple, but polished.

  30. Tatiana says:

    ​​What a great post! I’ve never liked the look where the girl has so much makeup on you can’t see any natural beauty. I’m happy to say that when I started wearing makeup about a year ago, my mom gave me some institutions as to how to wear it without overdoing it.
    As it was important to her that I don’t over do it like an 80’s rockstar! I never wear more then a small amount of makeup because, I want to be known as the godly young lady not as the young lady with the excessive of makeup. ​I usually only wear it on Sunday’s, so I go with a very light amount of eyeshadow, mascara and lip gloss.

    Sister in Christ, Tatiana

  31. DA says:

    Hi Kristen, quick question for you or anybody else: What do you think of highlighting and contouring your face using super light or super dark makeup? I have a few friends who will purchase super dark makeup and add it around their nose to make it look sharper and on their cheeks to make their faces look sharper. At what point does makeup not only take away from our natural beauty but also make us into something we’re not?

    • Karla says:

      In my opinion, highlighting is a very controversial topic. There are some women who can do it and do it well, but others, (such as me, who has very round features) it really just makes them look ridiculous. I’m not trying to beat down anyone who does highlight (if you do, great! God has blessed you with features that are compatible with highlighting!), but for people with rounder features, it really does turn you into someone else. If your family doesn’t recognize you, its probably not all that great of an idea. (That’s my policy.) Anyway, that’s my two-cents on the topic.

      • DA says:

        Thank you for your reply Karla! I asked because I fear that some people are doing it for the wrong reason and may be unaware of it. For example, certain cultures/minorities have facial features that are not in line with the majority’s views of what is “beautiful.” So when I see people using makeup to make their facial features stick out or recede then I begin to wonder what their motives are? Is it possible that self hate is getting contoured and highlighted into submission? I can’t speak for these people as only they know the true motive behind their actions. Just something I think about as I used to want to contour/highlight my own face. However, I began to feel like maybe I had issues with my face/looks and the way God created me. I decided to deal with those internal issues first; after that, my zeal for contouring and highlighting decreased immensely. This has weighed on my mind for some time so I figured I’d ask.

        • Elle says:

          Hey beautiful ! I read you comment i tought i would give my opinion as a christian and makeup artist .
          I personally do contour and hilighting ( not everyday but somethimes ) and i like to change some things at some occasions NOT because i am ashamed of myself or because i hate my look .
          I personally like the way i look , but i also like to just play around and change things up .
          For example i have medium size lips , my top lip is a little smaller that my bottom lip . Most of the days i leave it like that , but on some occasions i like to contour and hilight my lips to make them look even and fuller .

          But the truth is .. I love my lips . Im glad god gave me lips where i can play around with , and other facial features .
          The fun thing is you can change so much with makeup but its just for a little while !
          Its like changing clothes ! Or like being an artist ! You just dont make art on paper or whatever but you create art on your face ! As long as you use the right technisue and color combo’s .
          A key rule ( for me ) is this : as long as you can leave the house and go in public without makeup AND feel comfortable there is no problem .
          The problem would arise if you would start being affraid of showing your natural face .. and you would start to use makeup as a mask .

          • DA says:

            Hi Elle, Thanks for the reply! I definitely don’t want to sound like I believe that it’s wrong or is a sin to highlight/contour (I don’t think that). I’ve just noticed that a lot of people I know (who are African American and accordingly have less European features) constantly are highlighting/contouring their face in specific ways (i.e., trying to make their nose look pointier/less flat, trying to make full lips look smaller, etc.). Living in the US it’s very hard to just accept those aspects of ourselves that aren’t *typically* viewed as being beautiful compared to the majority’s facial structure; so I made the decision not to highlight/contour because I couldn’t be completely sure of my own motives (so that’s my issue, and nobody else’s 😛 I like the way you put it and totally understand “changing it up” from time to time. As a girly girl i completely get it 🙂

  32. Kayla says:

    Hi there! Wow, what a great article! I have one question, though. I would like to know how you ladies find cheap and good makeup that not only suits you, but doesn’t make you look like a human Barbie doll. I’m VERY new to wearing makeup and either can’t seem to find the right shade of Foundation (any tips would be GREATLY appreciated), eye shadow, blush, etc. I would prefer to look nice and well put-together, without not looking like myself or making me unrecognizable. How would I do it without looking overly made-up? What are your favorite evening looks for when you go out (like proms, dances and such), What colors best suit your skin tone? (In Mary Kay language, I’m roughly a beige 1 when it comes to foundation.) If your like me, I would LOVE to hear your stories! PLEASE HELP!!!

    • Elle says:

      Some great and affordable brands i would recommand are NYX – ELF and BH cosmetics .
      For foundation go and checkout the website of bh cosmetics , they have great quality , many colors to choose from AND the price tags are really great !
      Hope this helped , have a lovely day beautiful !

  33. Alaina says:

    I just need to say though, I honesty believe no girl needs to use makeup!
    when God creates a girl He decides how much eyelashes to give her, what tone of skin
    she’ll have etc. I can say as an artist that I would be so grieved if I poured my love into a creation for someone and they grew discontent with it and wanted change so they added their own touches.. smothering on paint or whatever. even if it’s a teeny-tiny bit its still sad to see that the one you’ve created it for is discontent. God created every woman beautiful… I think makeup is s way of the enemy trying to cover us in any small way he can. those are just my convictions, I don’t want to come across rude and offensive. If you feel the same way I’d love to know!

  34. Leah says:

    I only wear concealer. I usually just wear it under my eyes and sometimes on trouble spots. I sometimes put eyeshadow on (a little of bronze or gold or a teeny bit of dark brown with the bronze or gold). I don’t usually wear any though.
    I love natural makeup though. I don’t like when people paint their faces with makeup! It’s like, “You want people to see YOU, right? Cause if they love you for what you’re not, that’s pretty crushing!” No one should love you for how you look anyway, natural makeup or unnatural or none at all.

    • Leah says:

      Oh, btw, I’m 15. 🙂 I use liquid concealer Covergirl, classic tan. (I’m half black, half white, so naturally a nice tan skin-tone :))
      I use Covergirl eyeshadow too. And some Elf. 🙂

      • Leah Kay says:

        I am called Leah too and we both wear the same type of makeup and I 100% agree with what you said!

  35. Elle says:

    Hello girls ! As a young adult and christian AND makeup artist . I would like to give a few tips for every girl reading this !

    My personal opinion is that makeup is just a fun tool to enhance your beauty and im also sure that no color is sinful or wordly ( who made all the colors of the rainbow ? All honor to God ! )

    But there are a few rules to make it work without looking trashy or weird .
    Can you rock a red / plum or dark brown lip ? Offcourse !! Anyone can ! But only if its rightly applied 🙂 .

    When you choose to go for a bolder lip like red , plum or brown you will first want to make sure that your face is flawless ( use concealer or foundation )
    If you dont do this step .. Chances are that the color is going to make you look unhealthy and it will make any redness or scars look way worse than normal .

    Second ‘rule’ is … If you wear a bolder lip choose a soft natural eye makeup look .
    And define your brows .
    This will give you the perfect balance without looking overly done up !

  36. Elle says:

    i also wanted to say this ( but i could not make my previous message longer ) :
    There where times that modest and neat women wore red or brown lipstick daily without looking trashy , it was as normal as curling your hair !
    That time was around 1940-1950
    Itt was a stunning look and very classy !

    Im am sure God loves the diferent styles if done in a classy way !
    I hope my tips helped at least 1 person haha .

    Bye everyone ! And remember you are beautiful baby ! So shine like a star !

  37. Bethany says:

    I love this!!!

  38. Kristen P says:

    I have recently started wearing makeup and I was wondering if it was the right decision and this post has really helped me discover how to use it for the glory of God. Thanks so much, Kristen! 🙂

  39. Grace Minnick says:

    I’m a 17 year old girl…love the blog posts :). I actually don’t wear makeup, I definetely don’t believe it’s wrong; the girls in my family wear it. Though it does seem most girls wear too much, and my personal opinion is that it certainly can be used to enhance natural beauty, but i think girls look much more beautiful natural. For me personally, I feel that I should be comfortable in my own skin…not that i am not insecure about my face, because I am a lot at times, but I’ve made the desision not to make any desisions out of insecurity. I don’t want to become so used to wearing make up that I feel insecure without it…because that does seem to be a big issue for women today. Great article 🙂

    • Heather Moses says:

      I am exactly the same way! A lot of people automatically assume that I believe make up is wrong. I definitely do not! I just believe that girls (especially girls my age) do not need make up. I believe they ALL look beautiful without it. I may wear make up one day, but for now I am content to embrace my inner beauty rather that my outward appearance.

  40. Natasha Silcock says:

    Hi, Just my two cents worth. I agree with your points – that makeup should be feminine, not trashy, and not overdone. If I could get away with it, I’d only wear some pretty lipstick and nothing else. But I pulled out my eyelashes for over 20 years ( I’m in my early 50s now) and they have grown back but I only have half the eyelashes I had. For years during this habit, I went around with bald eyes touched up with eyeliner. I don’t think many people noticed, or if they did, they were too polite to say anything.
    It’s a habit I still struggle with but I want to keep what eyelashes I have now so resist the urge to pull. If I hadn’t pulled them out I’d still have reasonably long, thick eyelashes. The ones I have now are the ones I would have had in my 70s, since I pulled them out for over 20 years – that’s 20 years of growth cycles cut short. They are now rather sparse and stubby. Sigh. I only have myself to blame. In 10 or 20 years I may not even have any eyelashes left even if I never pull any more out, because I’ve accelerated the process of them naturally falling out with age.
    I don’t want to wear mascara as I find it smudges and it might be a temptation to start pulling again, so I make do with a little eyeliner along the top lids to fill in the bare areas. If I hadn’t ever pulled out my eyelashes, I wouldn’t use any makeup on my eyes.
    I pencil in my eyebrows because the outer third of my eyebrows have almost disappeared. I never had thick outer eyebrows even as a child so I think age is to blame here. It’s said that thyroid issues can cause this problem also, so I may investigate that some other time. For now I just pencil the bare areas in. Otherwise I would look a bit odd.
    If I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t. I can’t understand these girls who pencil over perfectly fine thick brows – I’d love to have their eyebrows in their natural state!
    I used to use a lot of foundation to cover up a red complexion but I had some laser treatment for the rosacea and now am happy to go barefaced as I have a nice skin even for my age. I just wish I didn’t have to bother with anything other than some lipstick. I hated using the foundation, and later someone told me it made me look sick, rather than good.
    I think as women age they need to use a little makeup to make their eyes stand out more and add a little colour to their faces. We lose the youthful tints in our skins and our eyelashes and eyebrows fade and get sparser. Our lips lose their colour too. But, paradoxically, on older faces, less is more. Overdone looks even worse on an older face. I don’t think the Lord is up in Heaven getting angry because we’re trying to fill in what age has taken away.
    I feel sad every day about what I’ve done to my eyelashes over the years but have the consolation of knowing that if I’m worthy of Heaven the Lord will give me new ones (I’ll put in a special request!) :- ) which won’t fade or get sparse with age.
    So long as my eyes are healthy, bright and clear and have a soft, kind expression, and shine with the love of the Lord, that counts for way more than what I’ve lost.
    Just my 2 cents worth!

  41. Anonyme says:

    Hi:) first of all thank you so mich for your posts I find answers for so many of my questions in them. I have a very very inapproriate topic I’d like to ask your opinion about. So my problem is… Is it a sin to shave…down there? I mean I don’t do it for fashion (of course i won’t go to bed before marriage and I don’t wear swimsuits) but I feel more comfortable that way, it makes soms things easier for example on my period. So is it sin to remove something that Lord has created on me from ‘pracrical’ causes? I’m sorry if I bother any of you with this topic, and thank you for your opinions! (19yo)

  42. Nola says:

    U must be kidding me. What that dad said was just plain rude. You do realize that by the sad saying that he thought it would look better, as if what he thinks matters, he is still focusing on outward appetemve. Geez.

  43. Suzie says:

    Hi Kristen! Yes, I do wear makeup. I wear it because I want to look attractive. I guess I don’t fully believe that I am beautiful without makeup. My breakouts, sensitive skin, cold sores, etc…Do you think that wearing it to look attractive is wrong?

  44. Magnolia Watership says:

    ight, so first off. that dad wwanted it and we all know it. Secondly, im an atheist, and just wanted to say that I’ve never foumd a an article as usefull as this. Your so good at this and even tho u worship a false god i still think you are gr8. hope you dont waste more time on this gid stuff

    • Magnolia Watership says:

      My deepest of apologies, my brother seems to have gotten hold of my computer. I’m a big fan and love what you do, have an amazing day

  45. Minouet says:

    “We need to be careful not to place our own convictions and rules on other people when the Bible doesn’t.” And yet this random dad passing judgment on your makeup when you didn’t even ask him was okay? I sense a double standard.

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