I. Love. Makeup. I mean, I really love makeup. I have a favorite foundation; I know what eyeshadow palettes work with my eye color; I have a three-step process JUST for my eyebrows; and I’ve gotten REALLY good at doing the perfect winged eyeliner.
We’re girls! Most of us do have a daily makeup routine (maybe not as in-depth as mine because I’m a little cuckoo) but most of us have our processes, which is why I am REALLY excited to share about a really cool article I came across with you all. I can’t take credit for it; it’s from ibelieve.com and the author is Asheritah Ciuciu. It’s entitled “5 Tips to Turn Your Makeup Routine into a Spiritual Exercise.”
I will just paraphrase this devotional, but if you want to read it in-depth (and I encourage you to) here is the link: https://www.ibelieve.com/health-beauty/5-tips-to-turn-your-makeup-routine-into-a-spiritual-exercise.html
Step 1: Wash your Face and Cleanse your Heart
As you wake up in the morning and get ready to start your day, you probably take some face wash or soap with water to your face because you want a fresh, clean canvas to work on. While you wash your face, pray for a cleansed heart. The author of this article stresses the importance of cleansing our hearts before the Lord and includes the verses Psalm 51:7 and 10 to explain that this includes confessions of sins and prayer.
Step 2: Cover your Face and Uncover His Glory
The author talks about how we put on moisturizer, foundation, concealer, powder, etc., when we are beginning our makeup routine. She shares how, as we do that, it’s a good idea to pray that “people will see Jesus when they look at your face” (Ciuciu). Pray that your face would radiate the glory of God as it did with Moses when he spoke with the Lord.
Step 3: Pretty up your Eyes and Guard Them, Too.
I really love this step. Asheritah Ciuciu writes that as we do our eyes, we can pray that they would be fixed on Jesus throughout the day so that we can recognize His hand at work. Our prayer can be that we would see others as Jesus sees them, and that we could have protection over our eyes so that we would not look at any worthless or impure things that would tempt us to sin.
Step 4: Moisturize your Lips and Encourage Others
Moisturizer, lip liner, lip gloss, lipstick, lip exfoliators… there are so many products for our lips! As we add color to our mouth, the author writes that we can ask God to guard our mouths and every word we speak, so that it would build others up and so that we would not slander, gossip, swear, or say anything unwholesome (Ephesians 4:29).
Step 5: Reapply as Necessary
This is another one of those super-cool steps. As our makeup requires touch-ups throughout the day, we can pray that our hands would be ready to do God’s work and have “periodic check-ins with God throughout the day” (Ciuciu). Keep the conversation going!
There are more things that the author shares in this step and this article in general, so I encourage you to go read it! As my friend Maggie would say, slap on some lipstick and be a light for God today!
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!
Ciuciu, Asheritah “5 Tips to Turn Your Makeup Routine into a Spiritual Exercise.” IBelive.com, OneThingAlone.com, 23 Feb 2016, http://www.ibelieve.com/health-beauty/5-tips-to-turn-your-makeup-routine-into-a-spiritual-exercise.html.