This article was written by Felicity Perry- Freshman, Fine Arts
Water splashed against my cheeks as I washed away the remaining makeup that once covered my flawed skin. My right hand reached out in front of me, pressing down the handle that dammed off the flowing water. I lifted my face, revealing my damp skin to the cold air that surrounded me, sending a chill down my spine. To the left of the countertop was my grey towel. I picked it up and started wiping away the little drops, all while examining every inch of my face in the mirror. My eyes shifted, moving from flaw to flaw until I found myself disgusted by what stared back at me. Then, without realizing I was being watched the whole time, I saw Him. On my bedside table sat a picture of Christ, looking at me as if to say, “Stop it. Don’t you know that you are a daughter of God? Do you not realize that your worth isn’t skin deep, it is beyond the surface and so much more”.
In this day and age, it’s easy to feel like we’ll never be good enough. We are quick to look into the mirror and see every detail that is wrong, instead of seeing what is right and beautiful. We get caught up in thinking about how we’ll never have the perfect body, the whitest smile, well-applied makeup, or designer clothing. It’s easy to get lost in the fantasy of perfection, but that’s exactly what perfection is –– a fantasy.
Magazines such as Cosmopolitan, US Weekly Magazine and People are filled with articles focused on how to make yourself more desirable. Some of these articles have titles that include, “Here’s How to Flawlessly Conceal Your Acne” or even, “10 Lip Plumping Products That’ll Make Your Lips Appear Fuller”. Within these pages, your head is filled with a false sense of beauty. Focusing more on what skin products celebrities use or what type of makeup would help bring out your “natural beauty.”
After typing the word “beauty” into the search engine on Pinterest, my computer screen was hit with a wave of pictures and information, flooding my feed with what they believed beauty was. Pictures of women in full face makeup, hair that didn’t have a single strand out of place, and even links that lead to face masks, skin exfoliators and hair tutorials scrolled on without end. I even came across a quote that read, “Wake up and make up.” Within the mix of these opinions that surrounded me, one thing remained clear, this world doesn’t know what true beauty is.
Since I was a little girl, I have been taught that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me completely. That is a belief I carry with me today. So why do we believe that we are only as beautiful as we determine? God determined a long time ago that we are all beautiful in our own individual ways. Beauty isn’t skin deep. It is so much more than what color eyes we have, or how well we apply our makeup. No, the true essence of beauty comes from within.
The gifts that Heavenly Father has blessed you with, and the characteristics are what make up who you are and who you want to become –– Kindness, patience, respect, peacemaking, humility, charity, humor, courage, love, happiness and so much more. These are what makes a person truly beautiful because they are the people who know where they came from: The arms of a loving Heavenly Father.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said it best: “Compared to God, man is nothing. Yet, we are everything to God.” We are God’s children, Christ is our perfect example and, because of them, one day we will all become perfect. However, don’t let the idea of perfection ruin what you are doing right here and right now. Instead, let it push you towards a life filled with gaining Christ-like attributes and becoming the best version of yourself possible. That’s where true beauty lies.