Should Christians Wear Makeup?

Good question.

I want to be as direct as I can in addressing this question. Many books and blog posts I’ve read on the matter are vague. So I’ll try not to be.

First, I would like to start off by saying that every denomination may have its own belief on this matter but for the sake of this post, let’s keep it biblical okay?

The Bible is very clear on the matter in my opinion.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3-5 (NIV, emphasis mine)

“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” – 1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV)

The Bible doesn’t spend much time getting into specifics about what we as Christians should or should not wear. Rather there are two principles that God is giving us.

The first is modesty. We as Christians should make sure that whatever we put on our bodies whether it be clothes, jewelry, or makeup, it should be modest. What does modest mean?


1. The state or quality of being modest.
2. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.
3. Lack of pretentiousness; simplicity.

What modesty, propriety, or simplicity looks like is relative. Modesty to one may be no makeup at all. Modesty to another may be a neutral eye shadow look. One thing I can say is that we should consult God in all things.

Ask yourself these questions:

1.      Am I “doing too much”?
2.      Is my makeup distracting? Or is it enhancing?
3.      Am I modest?
4.      How do I think God would feel about what I have on?

Elementary? Maybe, but it’s helpful.


The second principle is priority.

Another question I had to ask myself when I read 1 Peter 3 is:
1.  Do I spend more time doing my makeup than I do on enhancing my spiritual self/relationship? My character?

To me, the text is not so much about makeup or “adornment” itself. It’s more of a priority check. Outward beauty is cool but it’s the inward that is most important to God. The text starts off by saying, “Your beauty should not come from…” There has got to be more. What do others say of you (Proverbs 31)? Your friends? Your family? What does your husband say of you? How do you feel about yourself? What relationship do you have with God?

So, to answer your question…
..yes Christians CAN wear makeup

In a way that is modest and enhances their God given beauty.

HOWEVER, she should not be caught up in how she looks, but focused on improving and enhancing her character and modeling herself after Christ…becoming the woman that He has her to be.



Amber K. Boyd

That’s soooo straight to the point! I appreciate your approach. Thank you!

Makeda Stewart


elizabeth John

Thanks for ur perspective…! very simple yet deep and thought provoking.
Made me think about where my beauty comes from.

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  • Wow.March 6, 2013
  • I too was that "good" girl and based my righteousness on my actions. When I did commit one of those sins you listed (as if I wasn't already sinning with my pride in myself) I went into deep depression because I placed so much weight on being "good." When I realized (like you) that He is good and my righteousness (actions) are like filthy rags it gave me a new freedom. I was a slave to my misguided perceptions and my so called perfection. Christ offered me a freedom based on who He was and not what I did or did not do. He loved me in spite of me. That for me was freeing. Thank you for sharing this post. Now I see that I wasn't the only misguided'm sure there are many more of us. I look forward to reading more of your posts.March 6, 2013
  • I am in tears after reading this! This spoke to me! I can relate! Just a while ago my selfishness rose her head and placed pressure on an old friend to be my superhero. God is the only superhero! He is near ready to comfort! Lord you have spoken! May God Bless this ministry!March 6, 2013
  • This is a much needed topic in the church today. I dont know whats worse these church floks that fill your head with lies or that christian mingle commercial?March 6, 2013
  • Very wise words, son. Hopefully, they are listening with spiritual ears and a heart to obey.March 6, 2013