Makeup in Marriage
I have been reflecting lately on the value of makeup in marriage. As a child, my mother hardly ever wore makeup, and so, I was not eager to wear it. I was always told I looked beautiful without it, and I didn’t feel pushed by my peers to wear makeup. As I grew older, I became a little more aware of it and wore it at times, but I never felt comfortable with it on. It was as though I was wearing it for the wrong reasons. At this time, I do wear makeup for special events and occasions, but I don’t always feel like that is enough.
When I put just a few minutes into fixing myself up a little for my husband (and myself), I feel so much better about my beauty and womanhood. I don’t feel like I am wearing a mask. He tells me I look lovely without makeup, but I feel more pampered and beautiful with a little on. Taking extra time to dress up and pretty my face makes me more relaxed about the day ahead. I am more ready to face challenges because I am dressed well for the day.
As a stay-at-home mom, I often find myself in sweats or pajamas. Fleeting thoughts of putting a dress on with makeup before my husband arrives home cross my mind, until I recall how truly tired I am from a day with my toddler. I don’t get dressed to leave the house every day like most people. My job is at home. I should treat myself with more dignity and dress to impress, even if it is only for my husband and son. Maybe pretending I have somewhere important to go will give me more confidence about myself as a person and, more importantly, as a woman.