Determining when makeup was first used is a mystery – this is true. However, what is a well known fact is the fact that girls naturally desire to use makeup. The use of various substances as cosmetics is ancient. Archaeological evidence clearly indicates that both women and men in Ancient Egypt wore makeup, including kohl sticks to blacken the eyes, and copper to create rich green eye shadow. Undoubtedly, makeup spread from Egypt to other regions of the world after the Egyptians started wearing makeup. In the Middle East, makeup was common enough to be mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible.
So what is the purpose of make up? It seems that the bridge to womanhood indisputably includes asking your mom to wear makeup. As a child we long to look older, and then as an adult we desire to look younger. Ironic isn’t it? Makeup is used as a means to enhance or cover up, depending on the situation.
So my question is, for a teen, is makeup over used? Can you tell a girls true age? I have provided pictures, a test if you will. See if you can accurately guess the ages of the girls pictured below.
The next time you go to put on your makeup – ask yourself…Are you trying to look older? Naturally looking older attracts older people, including boys. When people think you are older, the pressure you will experience will only increase. When you are 9, you are not equipped to experience the situations that a 13 year old would. The same is true if you are 13 and you look 18. Think about it – be your age!!! You will grow up soon enough. Let your beauty shine through. Enhance your God-given features, but don’t try and cover them up. SHINE BRIGHT.
Pic 1 – Age 9; Pic 2 – Age 13; Pic 3 – Age 8; Pic 4 – Age 15
As author and speaker, Hannah Arrowood desires to change lives. Hannah is founder of Designed2Shine, a ministry focused on teen girls and the issues of purity and modesty. As a Christian Image Consultant, Hannah strives to encourage the next generation to faith inspired beauty. Hannah is transparent with life situations and passionate about impacting the next generation for Christ. She is happily married to Jeff, and the mother to two beautiful girls.
For more information visit, www.hannaharrowood.com.
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