I don’t always give something up for Lent, but this year I decided to give up makeup. I was inspired by a makeup-less picture of my younger sister that she posted on her facebook page recently. She looked radiant.
I’ve always been an advocate of natural beauty and less-is-more when it comes to makeup anyhow, but, I felt that giving it up for a month would be a good way to come back to terms with my natural beauty…. and I decided to dedicate the time that I normally take to apply my make up each day to spend that extra ten or fifteen minutes with God.
Today is day 15 of no make-up, and I am relishing the freedom it’s brought me. There were a few days there when I was really apt to cheat, because I just felt icky, but I’m glad I didn’t give in. (Even though I saw Bradley Cooper of the Hang Over on one of my icky days, alas). Makeup is a good thing when we use it to enhance the beauty that God created us with, but when we use it as a crutch to cover insecurities, it is a bad thing. Giving up makeup has helped me open my eyes to the raw person that I am, created in God’s image, lovely and radiant in Him.
When you struggle with your image it can be hard to accept how God truly views you, and so this verse really encouraged me during my first week of no makeup:
‘I take delight in you’ — The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing — Zephenia 3:5
Wow. The God of the universe rejoices over me with gladness? He exults over me with loud singing? His love truly does quiet me. This is a truly humbling passage. Well, here are a couple of pictures from my March with no Makeup: