What would you do if you got a letter from your school saying that wearing makeup would no longer be allowed? Sounds crazy, right?
It actually happened in a school in England. Recently. In May, Shelley College (a co-ed public school) announced that all bathroom mirrors would be removed. A month later, they also banned their students from wearing makeup.
Head teacher John McNally cited this as the reason for the ban: ““The makeup ban is about getting girls to focus on what’s important in school, which is learning and not being distracted with makeup and wanting to check it all the time.”
So what if this happened to you? Would you freak out? Or would it not bother you that much?
I have to be honest–in high school, I would have freaked out. I put a lot of my confidence in my makeup and the way it “improved” my looks. But as I read this story today, my mindset has changed. My self-worth is no longer defined by how good I look that day. It is defined by Christ.
The administration at Shelley College enforced a makeup ban to help their girls focus on learning instead of looks. While your makeup habits may not affect your schoolwork, they may affect other aspects of your life. Think about your morning wake-up / get ready routine. How much time do you spend picking your outfit, fixing your hair, and putting on makeup? Do you ever have enough time to do a quiet time in the morning? Or would that just be getting up too early?
Putting yourself together is important, but it’s not the most important thing. If you spend your entire morning preparing your looks for the day but not your heart, you may need to re-examine your priorities. And your self-confidence should never be tied to what you look like. Peter reminds us that “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 Pet. 3:3-4)