Have you ever got your hands on a photo of a young girl and another one of the same girl… but in her teen years? If yes, then surely you must have noticed how more beautiful she looks in the former than in the latter. Why? Because when she was young make-up would not touch her face, but when she became a teenager, then all beauty became buried under an artificial mask. This is a reality for most girls nowadays.
Riding the bus everyday, like myself, will suffice for one to do some observation of those around him. One can clearly see many girls wearing excessive amounts of make-up just to go for a lecture at university. Red lipstick, mascara, foundation, eye shadow and plenty of other artificial products whose technical jargon is certainly not in my limited cosmetic vocabulary. Aren’t all these products too much just to sit for a lecture on a Monday morning? Apart from thinking about the great lack of moderation, I cannot help imagining the time it takes to perform that cosmetic ceremony every morning. However, even more frightening is the thought that some of these people are unable to go beyond the front doorstep looking, simply, as they really look.
Do these girls actually see themselves that ugly that they need to splash such excessive amounts of make-up on their faces? And who decides whose ugly and whose beautiful? Is there any aesthetic government now too? Well, honestly, there may be one … and it’s called ‘the media’. The media feeds us with the clichés of how a ‘pretty’ girl might be but not really what female beauty consists of. Beauty is something natural, a gift of nature, in which I truly believe the hand of God works to create unique masterpieces. And as Plato would say ‘Being is more beautiful than imitating.’
True beauty needs no cosmetic intervention to enhance it. It is just there and another person can appreciate it. Mind you, it takes the right person since beauty is still a subjective concept and not everyone will agree on what is beautiful or not. Yet I do hold that every human being, every girl has her specific beauty and within the right social interaction, that beauty will be appreciated. There is no need for artificial products to alter that appearance so that it matches some other presented as an ideal by the media and expected to be consumed without question. The concept of individuality based on natural differences is lost when all the girls you meet in one day apparently look within the same style of that model whose edited image appears on a magazine.
As always, make-up and cosmetics are not the true problem. The problem are the class of people [mostly women, and I’m targeting teenage girls in particular in this article] who make ridiculously excessive use of them and simply reverse the whole reason why cosmetics were invented. Putting on a limited amount of make-up for a dinner or an outing may enhance a girl’s natural beauty. Tormenting the skin daily with chemicals and ending up with abominable results needs to be the true subject of concern.
Having a parent dictating to a sixteen or eighteen year old how much make-up she puts is next to futile. An effective and better solution would be to educate these girls [even by their parents] to simply think and clearly reason out their actions. Coming to terms with one’s appearance helps build up confidence in oneself and better appreciation for the natural gifts God provided every person with.