I’ve made short posts about makeup in the past and how Women don’t need it, etc, and they’ve never really had the impact I intended. That is, they really didn’t have an impact. However, thanks to a lot of brain-churning and, more importantly, very good discussion provided by dear friends at St. Thomas University’s TOB group, I finally have a post that is substantial. All of the posts that I had written in the past were superficial and lacking meat. They missed the heart of the issue entirely. Enjoy!
If a Girl thinks that she needs to wear makeup to enhance her beauty or because she needs to feel needed, loved, secure, or beautiful, then the solution is not for her to stop wearing makeup. There’s a bigger fish to fry. She needs to feel loved, needed, cherished, and beautiful. telling her to stop wearing makeup will do no good because makeup is not the root of the issue. This is a controversial topic because it implies that every girl wearing makeup is insecure. However, there is no living girl who is truly secure, unless she is a walking saint. There is no girl on earth that is truly herself. We are all insecure, and it’s no secret.
Become who you are! -JPII
I cannot judge a woman because she is wearing makeup. I cannot reduce her to that. I can only be consistent in manliness and treat every women as best I can in accord with the reality that every woman is a princess, a daughter of the star-breather, an unrepeatable mystery, a human person, an unknowable “I”. Makeup is not bad in and of itself, but can be a means to an end. The end is what must be evaluated. Makeup should not be used for the wrong reasons. I understand and have been told by several girls that they just like to wear makeup just because it’s fun or makes them feel girly or feminine, or whatever other reasons. Whatever the reasons are, they must be encountered by the individual.
Ladies, you should not feel the need to wear makeup in order to feel pretty.
You are not a canvas, to which beauty is applied.
You are Beautiful, a masterpiece, rather than the means to one.
It is possible that makeup may be used to accent and highlight features already present, which would actually require more creativity and thought. You would have to make the effort to acknowledge what’s good in order to bring it out. This is only a thought on the matter, though. It should not be used to cover up, alter, enhance, or change you as if you aren’t good enough without it. You are more than good enough. You are beloved.