Here is a blog off of my beaten path. So, come down this bunny trail with me, please.
When it comes to the beautification of the face for women, I can understand taking care of one's complexion due to acne and rosacea or any other noticeable, unattractive skin disease. However, if there is no problem with a woman's skin why are so many women wearing make-up or cosmetics as they go out their front door?
I have heard the expression - "Well, if the barn needs painting, Paint It!". And truthfully, I have seen some before and after photos of women that support that statement (i.e. Oprah Winfrey among many others). But those individuals are possibly two handfuls of people I could come up with that fit that bill. Others that I have seen either would look just fine All-Naturale or they cake it on so thick it puts Tammy Faye Baker (younger years) to shame.
So, again why do women really wear cosmetics and who is the "paint" really for?
Their potential boyfriends? Which might lead to a potential husband. Their potential boss or employment?
A dinner party? Society?
Who was it in history that made beautification, especially of the face, the ingrained, social, almost natural thing to do for women? Did it start with the Egyptians? It makes me wonder how far back in history we have to go to find who it was that possibly sold women on a deception that they needed to look a certain way because they were not good-looking enough the way they were. Whenever it originated, it sounds like something from The Father of Lies himself would sell. He originally placed doubt in the mind of Eve about what God said concerning the Tree and it's fruit - "Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' " 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5)
So, once again somewhere along the line, The Deceiver could have beguiled someone into believing and accepting this beautification lie wholeheartedly.
I have found that the enemy whispers in a lot of different areas of my life and the lives of others - "Is that what you think of yourself? You are not good enough! Here is something I've conjured up that will help."
Be careful when you hear something along these lines. If you are a True Believer in Christ allow those antenna to stand straight up and be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is telling you if and when you receive these flash, deceptive messages. Concerning beautification, these messages can come through the most innocent of ways of communication. They can arrive individually via a friend with Mary Kay or the like. They can saturate your mind through t.v. commercials/media. In addition, a friend or celebrity could be using it and you figure why not you too.
The cosmetic industry is not hurting and will continue to boom as long as there is a draw upon this part of women's psyche. If it is your judgment that "the barn needs painting" I understand. I just ask you to pause and consider the source of it all. Women of God and all potential women of God, consider Proverbs 31:30 - "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting [KJV="vain"]; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." Maybe because "beauty is fleeting" women desire to hold on to beauty through cosmetics. But I believe the most important person, God, and the most important people in your life will love and accept you just the way you are and cosmetics only goes skin deep.