Dear Pastor Lily,
Is it a sin to wear makeup?
Lately, I’ve been thinking about whether or not I should be wearing makeup as a Christian woman. I’ve heard a lot of people say that wearing makeup is a sin and that the only woman who wore makeup in the Bible was Jezebel. Is this true? I know a lot of young women are basically transforming their faces with makeup, contouring etc. and maybe that’s a problem, but is it okay to wear a little bit of makeup on special occasions as long as you’re not overdoing it? I’m sure we won’t be wearing makeup in heaven, but does that mean we can’t wear it now either?
I’d love to hear your opinion on this.
P.S. I read The Ultimate Guide To Being A Princess In The Kingdom Of God, and Loved it. I like that it’s short enough that I can read it whenever I need a reminder of who I am in Christ.
Thank you for writing something that spoke straight to my heart.
I’m glad you submitted this question. Many women have asked me this lately. As makeup tutorials become easier to access and many styles are becoming more extreme it’s easy to wonder whether or not it’s right for Christian women to get involved in this.
Let me begin by saying this; You are beautiful just the way you are!
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So, if you don’t want to wear makeup, do not allow anyone to make you feel like you have to. I know it’s become the cultural norm but it’s not mandatory.
Why it’s not a sin to wear makeup.
Wearing makeup is a neutral activity. It is neither inherently good or bad.
Some women use makeup in a positive way. For them, it is a part of their professional look. It’s just a part of their morning routine that goes along with showering, brushing teeth and shaving your armpits. By the way, I’m pretty sure we won’t be doing any of those activities in Heaven either.
In Heaven, there will be no need for deodorant, floss, toilet paper, etc. Because we will have perfect bodies. But here on earth, our bodies are good, but they’re far from perfect. They smell, they get zits they, they’re oily or dry. That’s just the reality of life on earth.
And of course, there’s a whole industry set up around helping us manage the less than pleasant side effects of living in physical bodies. This is not new to this century. Even in the bible people used oils, ointments, and perfumes to improve the look and appearance of their physical bodies. It’s important to take care of ourselves and present ourselves to others in a way that is appropriate for certain situations. So you can choose not to wear makeup 6 out of 7 days of the week, guilt free. If you want to save makeup for special occasions like weddings or celebrations, that’s fine too.
Now the issue with Jezebel.
The way you choose to wear makeup can be defiant and rebellious. In the case of Jezebel, the Bible says that she painted her face. So right away, we’re not talking about your typical makeup. We’re talking about war paint.
“And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.”
A Little background.
Her husband, King Ahab, has just been killed and Jehu, The new King, is coming after Jezebel. She knows that she’s done for, because Jehu loves God and is wiping out the enemies of God, which definitely includes Jezebel who had a field day killing the Prophets. So when she paints her face, she is doing it as part of her full royal look. She’s putting on her fanciest crown, her best dress and eye makeup to stand in total defiance against this enemy who is coming to end her. She stood at the window glaring at the new king, prepared to meet her demise head on. This ended in total disgrace with her being thrown down by her own guards and being eaten by dogs.
So, from Jezebel we learn that it wasn’t the makeup that was a problem, it was the attitude of her heart.
It’s important to consider how and why you’re wearing your makeup.
If you know that you’re doing your eyes and going with a smoky seductive look to go to church, that’s not really an appropriate look. Because you really shouldn’t be trying to seduce people in church.
However, the same look might be appropriate on date night with your husband.
Finally, you must ask yourself if makeup has become an idol in your life.
Here are 3 keys questions to ask yourself to help you identifying idols.
- How much do you spend on it? – If you’re spending more than 10% of your income on it than it might be an idol. Take a look at the total cost of your cosmetics, brushes, and accessories. If you’re spending a significant portion of your income on it, it probably has a hold of your heart.
- It’s the first thing you think about. – Our waking thoughts should be focused on God, sharing our plans for the day with Him, giving thanks and praising Him. If the first thing you think about is putting on a fresh set of eyelashes and lip gloss, you might be dealing with an idol. If you’re spending a majority of your free-time doing your makeup, shopping for makeup and watching makeup tutorials, your life is out of balance.
- Do you hide behind your makeup?- Are you using makeup as a mask? Are you embarrassed to be seen without makeup? Do you refuse to go out in public without it because you feel ugly and you don’t want anyone to see your natural face? If so, you might be dealing with an idol. In this case, makeup is controlling the way you see yourself.
When makeup is an idol, you must tear it down.
Begin to pray, and ask God to reveal any idols in your life and to send the Holy Spirit to convict you. If you feel convicted, continue in prayer, and ask God what you can do to tear it down.
Some people have prayed and been convicted and directed to turn away from makeup completely. To throw it away and leave it alone. God knows what’s best in their situation.
Others have been directed to use makeup more modestly. Or to set a budget on what they spend on makeup.
But in order to find out what’s right for you, you must pray and talk to God about it.
This is all part of having a relationship with God. He wants us to seek Him, His wisdom and counsel. If you ask and obey, He will help you to see yourself the way He sees you. Beautiful and wonderful, just the way you are. You might also want to check out my answer to the question of whether or not it’s a sin for a Christian to get a tattoo.
Thanks for your question Diane,
And thank you for being a fan of my new book. I’m glad that God is using it to speak to you.
God Bless You.
I want to know;
Have you ever felt guilty for wearing makeup as a Christian? Tell me about it.
Questions, comments or statements of overwhelming brilliance? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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