I love makeup. I love colors. I love the magical transformation makeup can do to a face. However, in trying to be beautiful the mirror has become more personal to us than we are to ourselves. The process of looking good is so rapid that what we become is just an outward us.
The kind of beauty that really matters is that from within Just like 1st Peter 3: 3 says-
What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.
We spend a lot of time and resources making up our faces and taking care of our skin, following the rules to the letter, but hardly do we remember to makeup our soul.
Makeup for the soul is about cultivating a beauty that radiates from the inside, commonly described as inner beauty.
The definition of inner beauty is positive aspects of something that is not physically visible. The most common qualities of inner beauty include kindness, sensitivity, tenderness, compassion, creativity and intelligence.
One of the most interesting features of inner beauty is that it is thought that internal features can change a person’s perception of outer features. A person who is kind may appear more beautiful than a person who is mean, particularly to friends and people who know the person well. This is because a person is typically not perceived in any truly objective manner, and knowing a person intimately can influence the features someone remembers.
With eyes closed, we know all the steps to making up on the outside, but little do we know about making up for the soul. So here are a few steps to making up for the soul;
* Speak kindly to yourself. Look in the mirror every day and say to yourself,” I am beautiful whether other people agree or disagree”.
*Stay confident. It’s easier said than done but if you see yourself as healthy, strong, and beautiful then other people will start to see it as well.
*Appreciate your gifts. We all have gifts to offer the world, but sometimes we can’t see them for ourselves. Ask those who are close to you what gifts you offer that they appreciate.
*Spread kindness. To be kind is to be affectionate, loving, gentle, and of a sympathetic or helpful nature. Mother Teresa once said, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
*Make time for yourself. Most of us have jobs whether it’s school or work that make us forget to make time for ourselves. Go to a day spa; swim in the pool; listen to some great music; laugh. When you take care of you, you’d be able to take care of others.
*Feed your spirit. Nourishing your spirit makes you feel beautiful from the inside out. There’s a glow that radiates from spending time with the One who’s beautiful beyond description.
It’s a known fact that physical beauty fades over the years but a person can create inner beauty as they age. Inner beauty cannot be contained because it is a characteristic of people that will shine through radiantly. The inner beauty of a person is what they truly are on the inside and out.
As we daily makeup our faces and take care of our skin, let’s remember to makeup our soul as well.