Makeup Isn’t a Bad Thing

I feel like there’s two messages about makeup being blared over the loudspeaker into the minds of teenage girls. The first one is…

You’re not pretty without makeup! You have to wear makeup to be beautiful, get attention, or be popular!

This is obviously ridiculous, and I think most girls recognize that, but the alternative is often…

Makeup is a mask that girls hide behind. True beauty means not wearing makeup and being confident in your appearance without it. 

Yes, I agree with parts of that, but there’s also parts I don’t agree with.

Growing up surrounded by Christian media with uplifting messages, I was constantly told I was “remarkably and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) which I completely agree with. But I constantly felt pressure to quit wearing makeup. This message caused me to worry that I wasn’t confident if I wore makeup, or that doing so meant I didn’t believe God made me beautifully.

It took me way too long to realize that that is not true!! I am fully confident in who God made me, I know that He made me amazingly and I am so thankful for it! And I enjoy wearing makeup. Those two statements do not contradict each other!

There’s days I go out of the house without an ounce of makeup on, today was one of them — I went to work, went to the mall, and felt great without makeup. And there’s days I love experimenting with ombré eyeshadow or bright lipstick. There’s days I want to look extra professional for giving a speech and so I wear eyeliner and red lipstick, and there’s days I braid my hair and run out the door without a second thought. And I’ve finally learned to be confident either way. To not feel guilty either way.

I understand that my true beauty is in my heart, and I also understand that makeup is not a bad thing. I’m confident either way in Jesus, but it’s okay to have fun with makeup sometimes:) I wish I could go back and explain all this to my 15-year old self overwhelmed by all the mixed signals the world gives, but hopefully I can encourage someone else so they don’t have to face the same struggles I did.

— Taryn

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A Letter to my 13-year old self

Hey,

You’re gorgeous! There will be days that you don’t feel like it — but God made you remarkably and wonderfully! Your life will change a lot in the next few years — you will find new things that you love doing and things that you never imagined will change… will change. But I can promise you some things — God is faithful. He really does have a great plan for you. At the time it won’t always feel like it, but keep trusting Him. When you look back in a few months — you’ll see that His ways really were best.

Enjoy the next few years. Don’t take your friends for granted! There will be times that you don’t feel like anyone wants to be around you, I promise that isn’t true. You’re amazing, you’re loved, and people are so blessed by you. People make mistakes and some people will get mad for no reason. Just be quick to love, quick to forgive — you’re a great friend, never forget that.

Life will fly by, enjoy every day and spend them making memories. Take a million pictures, laugh and dance and be crazy, be yourself! It’s so much more fun that way, and I promise your real friends will still love you. Talk to your mom. Take crazy selfies with your siblings. Do your best, but DON’T stress over one bad test grade. That’s not what will matter in the long run. Keep praying and listening to God. Life will be hard, but He will NEVER let you go.

Sincerely,

Taryn