I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; My soul knows it very well.
– PSALMS 139:14
Hey Girl! You, yes YOU! Yes, I am talking to you, the one reading this. You are beautiful! No matter your race, color or creed. Plus you, especially you, your SKIN is beautiful.
Sometimes as women we can get so caught up in the way we look after we have applied layers of makeup. We think that “she” is the pretty one. She is the one that gets the attention, the one that the guy is in love with, and the one that is going to land you the gig. When in all actuality that idea is so false. It’s you, the woman behind the makeup. I’ve come to tell you that we got it all wrong, ladies. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good BEAT, honey! (‘Beat’ means to apply a nice amount of makeup to your face giving you that “Yassss! She did that!” attitude which ultimately gives you a boost of self-confidence.) I know that makeup is what’s popular in the media right now, but we are starting to focus too much on our outer appearance.
I love the fact that Alicia Keys temporarily gave up makeup. She really made a strong statement. Heck, she reminded the world that freckles, being natural and makeup free is beautiful. Don’t let this world define your beauty, you define it! Makeup is very beneficial and useful in so many ways such as photo and video shoots, day-to-day feature enhancement etc. It even has the ability to build someone’s feeling of self-worth by covering scars from accidents or it can help on days we aren’t feeling as pretty. I get that and understand completely.
Just because you feel like there is something wrong with the way your face looks has nothing to do with how someone else views you. I think being consumed with makeup to the point where you totally re-shape your facial features is a bit much. Or even the idea that you are ugly without it is crazy to me. Before you were even introduced to makeup you thought that you were beautiful. So why use makeup as a crutch to suggest that you aren’t beautiful when you don’t wear it?
If you feel like ‘Well Brittany, no one tells me that I am beautiful’. You are, you are lovely! You have to know it for yourself before you can truly accept that type of compliment from anyone else. Trust me, I have been there. I struggled and continue to struggle with accepting the blemishes on my face from time to time, but I am still beautiful. An old friend of mine always complained about her dark circles around her eyes, but to me that didn’t take away from the fact that she is gorgeous! When you look in the mirror without makeup on you must tell yourself, “I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE AND GOD DIDN’T MAKE ANY MISTAKES WITH ME!” You have to believe that. When I feel myself being consumed with makeup, I stop wearing it. I take pictures, do videos and go outside of the house without it on! I am completely bare-faced, my authentic self so I can constantly remind myself that makeup doesn’t make me, I make it!
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Beauty is more than just your looks. It is how God equipped you from the inside out which attracts people to you. I like to call this my “God Glow”. I know you have heard the phrase you are glowing. Most people hear it with women that are pregnant, but I hear it because of the struggle that I have been through which allows God’s strength to radiate through the outer parts of me. I don’t look like what I have been through or am going through, Amen! It’s your personality, love, care, sympathy, character, loyalty and friendship that is truly beautiful. Knowing that it is more than just your looks. You can be sure that God loves the most inner parts of you and that is the part that he wants you to share with the world.
Dear God, thank you for enlightening your daughters to recognize their true and authentic beauty. Thank you for showing them that makeup is not supposed to determine how beautiful they are. But yet, your love for them and how strategically you created their most inner parts is what is so beautiful about them. I pray that from this day forward you will constantly remind them of what makes their beauty unique. Thank you, Father, for your words today. I ask that from this post you bring deliverance and healing to their entire body and image. If they do not know you, Lord, then let them accept you on today, Jesus, repeating these words: God, I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins and that he rose on the third day. I ask that you come into my heart and save me. I need you and I ask for a second chance with you Lord. Keep me protected from the enemy in Jesus mighty name, Amen!