Ever since I started my blog in February, I knew there would come a day when I would dedicate an entire post to my newly purchased makeup products. Being a girl, (and a girly one at that), I'm in love with doing my makeup. Feeling pretty and loving yourself is the key to confidence. I was planning to fill this post with pictures, video tutorials, and tips & tricks on how to create the perfect contour. However, I've decided instead to spend this post explaining why makeup isn't important, and why inner beauty is. I may sound a bit contradicting, and being someone who never leaves the house without it, I might find this to be a little difficult. But, it's worth a shot.
But, before I begin my conquest, I want to share 3 products that have just recently been added to my makeup collection, and are slowly becoming my new favorites.
1. Urban Decay-Naked 2:
Cheers to this bad boy for changing my life! I received the Naked 2 pallet as a gift for Christmas this year. After using a regular Sephora brand eyeshadow for the past three years, you could bet getting my hands on this charm was a dream come true. (Confession: I get excited when opening it every morning. Lol.) Before I used it for the very first time, I spent an entire night watching tutorials on YouTube to learn how to blend the right colors to form the best smokey eye and the purest natural look. It's fun, and it has made me realize why God made me a girl. ;-)
2. Too Faced-Sweethearts Blush (Something About Berry):
I went on a mission in Ulta while in Savannah last weekend to find the Benefit blush called "bella bamba", I used it in NYC and fell in love. After not being able to find it on the shelf, the consultant finally told me it had been discontinued. (SO SAD.) Looking for something equally as beautiful, I discovered this gorgeous bright pink Too Faced blush. Immediately I knew it was the one, and I couldn't have been more right about that. This sparkling beauty has brought so much happiness to my heart in the week that it has been in my life. (Hence the reason it is shaped like one... <333)
3. Benefit-BADgal lash and Too Faced-Better Than Sex:
I got both of these mini's during my minor spree in Savannah, also. I love always having something in my purse to use as a freshener during the day. I still haven't decided which one I like better because both are wonderfully volumizing and lengthen to high heaven. Mascara is definitely one of those things you can't leave the house without.
But, now on to bigger and better things...
Inner beauty was the topic of a conversation I recently had with someone, and although I don't remember exactly what was said during that conversation, I do remember being asked, "What do you think beauty is?" That question sparked something inside of me. Something big enough to inspire this post, so I'm thankful for that conversation. I'm now nervously writing this because I don't know what I even want to say. Like I said, this is a "conquest". It's hard to explain to an audience why they shouldn't feel a certain way when occasionally, you feel that same way, too.
After watching Sadie Robertson's "just be you and live original" video about truly being yourself, I got to really thinking about the real importance of that.
What is beauty?
The world offers standards that one must achieve in order to be deemed "beautiful" in the eyes of our society. These pieces of advice are unattainable to someone who was not physically created to look that certain way. Being 5' 11'', 120 pounds, and a size 2 is not a goal that everyone can reach. These expectations are direct representations of the war that all young girls face. These battle scars are illustrations of the negative pressure that society places on the shoulders of girls to make them feel like beauty can only be acquired through the alteration of their true selves. Ultimately, this reveals that outward beauty is flawed and only goes as far as the eye can see.
I do not believe beauty is something that is simply on the exterior of a person.
My hope is that peace would be found in Song of Solomon 4:7, "You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you."
Therefore, if our creator, the King of the world, has called us beautiful, who are we to question (and criticize) it? And, why should we use makeup to change the way the world looks at us?
I was also recently told that I didn't need my Naked 2 pallet, and while I do agree that it isn't something I need, it is something I use to express the beauty that I have found within. I'll be the first to admit that there are days when I wake up unsatisfied with what I see in the mirror, but I'm determined to never let how I view myself obstruct the mindset I have that beauty comes from my Savior, not from the stokes of bronzer across my face or the "perfect contour". I don't apply my makeup with the hope of covering the flaws. I don't search Ulta and Sephora for products to alter my true self. I don't encourage foundation on a freckled face, I don't condone baby blue contacts in dark brown eyes, I don't believe in changing who I am.
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."
To me, makeup is not something I use to hide behind, but rather something I use to further express who I am, and who I am "is of great worth in God's sight."
I know it's cliché, but true beauty is something that can only be seen on the inside. It can only be felt through the love, joy, and happiness that radiates from within to the rest of the world. As we grow and discover ourselves, it is important that each of us search to find our true identities and become confident in who we were made to be. Find satisfaction in what your King thinks of you. Be encouraged. Who you are is a beautiful thing.