Is Makeup Appropriate for Christian Women to Wear?
The idea of wearing makeup can be quite controversial in Christian circles. Is it right to wear makeup? Is it wrong? Is it a sin? Some Christians have strong convictions against makeup! Other Christians don’t see anything wrong with it. So, which group is right? Well, I think they both are.
Is it a Sin to Wear Makeup?
No. I’ve read the Bible cover to cover many times and have never found any Scripture that says so.
Can Wearing Makeup be Sinful?
Yes. If you are wearing makeup with the intention of using it to be sinful.
Identify Your Intention
Whether wearing makeup is sinful or not depends on your intention.
Reasons why women DO wear makeup might be:
- Vanity. Are you prideful about the way you look?
- Do you obsess over how others perceive you?
- Is peer pressure causing you wear makeup?
- Are you using it to attract or tempt the opposite sex?
- Perhaps you have a skin condition or a physical deformity?
- Maybe you just want to enhance your best features and hide your least favorite.
- Or is your job selling makeup and you are wearing it to promote the product?
Reasons why women do NOT wear makeup:
- You may believe it is not good for your skin.
- Do you think it makes you age faster?
- Perhaps you don’t have time.
- Or maybe you have deep convictions that God wouldn’t be pleased with you it you wore makeup.
- Are you afraid others will judge you if you wear it?
Do any of these reasons sound familiar? Which one is yours? Is your intention selfish, or sinful?
Does it Hurt Your Relationship With God?
If wearing makeup hurts your relationship with God, it’s not worth it. A good relationship between you and your heavenly Father is more important than anything in this world!
How do you think Jesus would react if you ran into Him on the street? What would He think about your use of makeup?
We see how he treated the woman at the well, Mary Magdalene, and other women with questionable backgrounds. They probably all wore makeup… with sin in mind. What was Jesus’ reaction, knowing all that they had done? He never judged them. He only loved them and forgave them.
Jesus looks on the heart. He doesn’t look at what you put on your face. He simply wants you to follow Him and seek His kingdom.
God longs to have a loving relationship with you. If makeup is coming between you and your Father, it needs to change.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, [wear makeup], do all to the glory of God.” I Cor 10:31“
Do You judge Others?
Do you find yourself being judgmental of others, perhaps unconsciously, because they don’t share your convictions? If another Christian chooses to wear makeup or not, and you disagree, don’t judged them or make them feel badly about themselves because of their choice. They are a child of the King, just as you are. There are many Scriptures that highlight this.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1
“Do not judge according to appearance…” John 7:24
Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees, said, “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.” John 8:15
“Judge not and you shall not be judged. Condemn not and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
Some Makeup Tips
- Wear it modestly. Let it only enhance the beauty God has already given you.
- Less is more. A good test is to ask yourself is, “Do I still look like me?”
- Learn how to wear it so it enhances your beauty. Get professional advice. There are many cosmetics salespeople who will give you a free consultation.
- Let your inner beauty shine through. If you have Jesus in your heart, you will glow! He will shine through you. Let Him!
- Remember, you don’t need the approval of the world to be somebody.
In my opinion, it all comes down to personal preference and intent. God made us all beautiful! Whether we match up to what the world says is beautiful or not, it is our hearts that God is concerned with, not our outward appearance.
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I Peter 3:3-4
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