Where Did Makeup Come From?

If you’re female in much of today’s world, you simply must wear makeup.  If you don’t have any makeup on, you’re considered unfinished, and even not beautiful.  In order to be beautiful, you need to have big and full lashes, liner to pronounce your eyes, eye shadow to contour them, and a brown brush & pencil to make sure your eyebrows are the perfect length and style.  And, then there’s foundation to remove your blemishes, blush to contour your cheeks and forehead to make you look thinner, and lip stick to make your lips stand out and be fuller.  You use makeup to look older if you’re a teen and younger if you’re an adult.  You definitely don’t want to show off your bags, circles, wrinkles, or discolorations.  The more makeup to change your appearance from your actual self, the better.   And, then there’s the added transformations of Botox, snake injections, face lifts, lash extensions, and lip injections.  The media is key to making sure we are all up on how much we need makeup to improve our looks, because afterall, our faces are not good enough on our own.  We definitely are told we need it, and without it, we are unattractive and unsuccessful.

Have you ever wondered where makeup actually started and why?  I haven’t spent a ton of time considering this, but in my Bible studies on other topics, I was drawn down a path where I saw for the first time where this came from, and needless to say, I was in shock as I’m sure you will be as well.  So, we shall go down this rabbit trail to see where makeup started and why it came about.  To figure this out, we will go back to the oldest historical book ever found, the Book of Enoch, which pre-dates the Bible and was written by Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah.  Enoch’s name was listed several times in the Bible and he is identified as a righteous man who walked with God.  God told Enoch everything from creation, to the Messiah, to the end times, and all in meticulous detail.  It’s all documented in this book.  It is a super interesting book and I long to read the whole thing, but haven’t had time as of yet, but I’ve reviewed a bit of it.

Here’s what I found about makeup:

“Azazel taught the men how to make swords, knives, shields and breastplates. He made known to men the metals of the earth and the art of working them and made bracelets, ornaments and the use of antimony (a brittle silvery metal used in alloys), the beautifying of eyelids, all kinds of precious stones and coloring tinctures. There arose much godlessness and the angels committed fornication. Men were led astray and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza taught enchantments and root-cuttings. Armaros taught resolving  enchantments. Baraqijal taught astrology. Kokabel taught the constellations. Ezeqeel taught the knowledge of the clouds. Araqiel taught the signs of the earth. Shamsial taught the signs of the sun and Sariel the course of the moon. As me n perished they cried and their cries went up to heaven.”  Enoch 8: 1-3

The names referenced in this passage are the names of fallen angels that had rebelled against God and made a pack between themselves (200 of them in total) to sleep with human women to create half-breeds (Nephillim giants, see my other study on these), as well as teach them Satanic arts and warfare.  (We can verify this Biblically in Genesis 6).  Angels had been privy to creation which included the knowledge of all of the sciences.  The things taught by these fallen angels were foreign to man including setting him up for warfare, teaching Satanic rituals and witchcraft, drugs to cloud the mind (root cuttings), the corruption of astrology to tell futures, worshiping the things of the earth, and using makeup to ‘beautify.’

Yes, it is very shocking to realize that Satan’s fallen angels taught women how to use makeup to ‘beautify’ themselves.  Was it really to help women to look better?  You can probably guess the answer, “No!”  Their goal has always been to corrupt people, who are made in the image of God.  They teach people to change who they are, which in turn, corrupts the image of God.  Makeup does corrupts the image of God as it distorts and hides who God really made the person to be.  And actually, makeup is, in a way, a tattoo as referenced in Leviticus, as it colors the body to change it.  The Greek word translated “tattoo” is actually the word,  “qa·‘ă·qa‘,” Strong’s 7085 [e], which can mean an incision, imprint, or tattoo, so it can refer to any marking that is made on the body to defile the image of God (even if it’s not permanent).

28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”  Leviticus 19:28

My issues is this… Makeup has been so engraved into us since almost the beginning of time, that it is hard to not see this as a normal routine for women, especially in the culture that I live in.  Since my discovery of this, every time I’ve picked up an eye liner or mascara, this thought goes into my mind, I struggle with it, and have actually shed tears over it.  My inner desire is to wear it (although I’ve never really worn that much) because of how I’ve been taught by society, but now with this new knowledge, I definitely don’t want to follow the teachings of the fallen angels which actually corrupt who I am as an image of God.  But, I still have been corrupted to believe that I am not acceptable without it.  Wow, I’m shocked at my internal struggle with this particular item.  My guess is that shaving our legs and arm pits are from the same corrupt teachings as well.  So, what do we do with this information now that it has been brought to our attention?  Do we continue to concede to society pressures and follow the teachings of fallen angels or do we give up makeup entirely because of what it was intended to do?  We definitely would stand out from the crowd without makeup….

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ”  Genesis 1:27

I want to throw something else out there that I’ve come to believe… Makeup is an addiction for most women.  Don’t believe it is?  Try to go to your job, out for dinner, or other place in public without it.  Dress up to attend a wedding, but don’t put on makeup.  It will be almost impossible for you, as a woman, to consider doing such a thing.  This should bring you to the realization that it is, in fact, an addiction like other addictions.  We have become addicted to the need to hide our true selves, to hide the image of God as He created, because we’ve fell into the lie that we aren’t good enough on our own, and we need paint to cover our supposed imperfections.  How will you break the addiction that Satan has imposed on you?  Yes, it will be VERY hard!

  • And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself.  Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.”  Jeremiah 4:30
  • 39 For when they had slaughtered their children in sacrifice to their idols, on the same day they came into my sanctuary to profane it. And behold, this is what they did in my house. 40 They even sent for men to come from afar, to whom a messenger was sent; and behold, they came. For them you bathed yourself, painted your eyes, and adorned yourself with ornaments. 41 You sat on a stately couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed my incense and my oil.”  Ezekiel 23:39-41
  • And the young woman pleased him and won his favor. And he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her portion of food, and with seven chosen young women from the king’s palace, and advanced her and her young women to the best place in the harem. ”  Esther 2:9  (Esther was provided makeup for her to wear from the pagen king; however, we don’t know whether she wore it or not).

Father God, It is so disheartening to know that Satan and his fallen angels have been so active in our lives since almost the beginning of time.  They have taught us things that are displeasing to you and we have accepted and have practiced those teachings.  We have believed in the lies that we are not good enough as your image bearers.  It is so tough when we come to the realization of what we have been doing and in changing them, we would be in complete rebellion against the society in which we live.  Lord, help us to be strong to overcome any false teachings that we have accepted and adopted into our lifestyles that are displeasing to you.  Help us to turn to you above all and realize that you created us perfect in your eyes.  Help us, Lord!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

(PS:  I just went into my makeup bin and through out 80% of what I had.  Keep purging, self!)