Unveiling Your True Beauty (No Make Up Required)
“Beauty, beauty, and more beauty.” It’s the biggest advertisement at this popular beauty and skincare store. As I go through their CATALOG, I find myself tempted to buy something. I was so visually overwhelmed with all of those brands speaking to me!
Just out of curiosity, I counted about 75 brands of makeup and skincare alone. This number doesn’t even include the rest of the brands at the store! Why are there so many? Why are they all trying to grab my attention? Perhaps they all have the “perfect” formula to make me beautiful?
More than any other time in history, if you are a woman, you are going to be pressured into conforming to society’s standard of beauty. Commercials, magazines, and even on social media we’ll see people who have flawless camera-ready complexions, extensive skincare regimens, lip fillers, and perfectly contoured faces. You may find yourself needing to buy a new product, lipstick, highlighter, and serum every month, or needing something with miraculous anti-aging ingredient?
The fast fashion concept of living in the trend of the moment has also become mainstream in the beauty industry. New beauty brands and products emerge almost every month at the most popular beauty and skincare counters. It seems our culture has this insatiable quest for beauty.
Do you feel overwhelmed?
Obsessed or discouraged with the way you look?
Are you battling depression because you don’t feel beautiful or valuable enough? Do you even find yourself at the end of the month wondering where your money has gone?
As women, we are drawn to beauty because we were designed to carry and embody it. In scripture, Ezekiel 16:14 says “Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God.” Here we see this truth as the Lord says He gave us this perfect beauty as He bestowed His splendor on us! The meaning of the word splendor is “magnificent appearance or display; grandeur. Great fame; glory.” So, here we see the byproduct of His splendor on us that creates that beauty! This beauty is awe inspiring, refreshing, captivating. It is of eternal value and not temporary. It doesn’t change with age. And most importantly, its high price has already being paid!
God’s word in 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” The more we are transformed into His image, the more beautiful we become! We also see that it is with “unveiled faces” which sounds like the total opposite of what culture tells us. The meaning of unveiled is “to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal.” Without God, it is impossible to achieve the beauty we long for. This is why beauty becomes so elusive, costly and hard to achieve.
Injections, fillers, layers of makeup, and expensive beauty rituals are competing against our true beauty. It is a cover up! When I learned through God’s word that I am already beautiful, I realized that the beauty standards from the world around me want to actually cover up my true self. Low self-esteem, insecurities, and discouragement about the way I look started to disappear as I accepted the truth about who God says I am!
While I am not against the use of makeup, skincare products, etc., one should be aware of the amount of time and money spent obsessing or being anxious over looks and feeling unsatisfied in the end. There are skincare and makeup routines out there that are great (and I definitely love bold color lipsticks!) Some of us are more creative and love to experiment with color and textures. As ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, we have to remember to present ourselves with excellence.
“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” [Psalms 50:2]
So beautiful one, are you in this place of contentment and peace? Let His love and care bring peace and comfort to you. Do you feel satisfied with yourself? Let Him restore you. Is your beauty unveiled or covered up? Let His splendor shine through you. Are your hearing the lover of your soul speaking to you? “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you.” [Song of Songs 4:7].
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Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Lizette González has a passion for kingdom creatives to answer their call to influence their culture and restore the beauty of God to the nations. Her calling is to teach, train and mentor through workshops, events and on the ground mission trips. She is the founder of Higher Lifestyles- Fashion, Image and Style workshops. She is also a writer for Evoke a creative evangelistic ministry.