The Woman, Her God and Her Makeup

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With the inception, popularity and high demand of makeup in Nigeria, many women are all out to make the best use of the skills, services, knowledge and products of makeup not minding the huge price tag placed on it in order to look well packaged and beautiful. Having grown up in a conventional environment, I was taught that those who make up have the ‘Jezebel spirit’ in them(I’m sure I wasn’t the only one). When I grew up to the stage of making decisions for myself, this statement got stuck at the back of my mind, hence, making me train as a makeup artist. I asked some questions, the responses I got still didn’t make sense. So I decided to search the scriptures to clarify this issue, the proceeds from this search quenched my curiosity once and for all.

Before we get into the scriptures let’s take a look at a brief history on makeup to get to appreciate this discourse better. Makeup is dated centuries back where Africans used natural cosmetics for tribal face painting during the birth of a child, as a sign of love and purity, to signify the rite of passage to adulthood, as a means of communication between tribes and for battles. Tribal painting is an established and historically significant aspect of tribal cultures dating back to ancient times in Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africans have been using cosmetics for many centuries before the Egyptians, the first recorded use of cosmetics dates back approximately 3000BC during the time of Egyptian dynasty. Eye makeup was a part of their daily grooming and routine. Infact,  the use of eye makeup was spiritually linked.

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Ancient Mesopotamian women, where Abraham originally came from ( the modern day Iraq, part of Iran, Syria and part of Turkey), crushed semi precious jewels and used them to decorate their lips. Red clay mixed with water was used to colour their cheeks, and henna was used to dye their nails orange or yellow.
The Israeli women were not also left out, reports show that countless items linked to the use of cosmetics and perfumes have been unearthed in excavations throughout the land of Israel. In the Bible, one of Job’s daughters was named “Keren- happuch” in Hebrew, the name could mean “Horn of the Black (Eye) Paint”, that is, a receptacle or box used to store makeup, for example, Kohl or eye makeup. (Job 42:14). The name could have alluded to her beauty in general, but it also seems to suggest that the use of cosmetics was known at that time.

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Having given a brief history of makeup let’s delve into what the scriptures say on the Woman, Her God and Her Makeup. From the book of Esther, we were told that Queen Esther had to undergo beauty treatments for 1year (12 months) for the King’s beauty pageant. The first six months was for skin care(application of oil and myrrh to the skin), while the other six months was with perfume and cosmetics (Esther 2:12 NIV). Queen Esther found favour with whomever she met including King Ahasuerus! Of course there were other pretty and even more endowed women in the pageant for the King to choose from, what stood Queen Esther out? Her heart was towards God, she knew God for herself and the Hand of the Lord was upon her!

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On the other hand, there is Queen Jezebel who was King Ahab’s wife. She grew more powerful than her husband and made him commit lots of atrocities that were detested by God (1Kings 21). She never believed in God. There was an account of Jezebel trying to seduce Jehu, the new King of Israel by painting her eyes, arranging her hair and standing seductively by the window for Jehu to see her. Jehu had to call out to the eunuchs that were in the room with her to push her down to the floor which they did thereby leading to her death(2Kings 9:30 Msg). Neither did she know God nor wanted to, she had a wicked spirit. This made God detest her thus leading to the kind of despicable death she had. 

These women, Esther and Jezebel used cosmetics and makeup but what made one stand out from the other? Esther had a relationship with God while Jezebel didn’t.
Peter told godly women that their beauty shouldn’t come from outward adornment instead it should be from the inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight (1Peter 3:3-5 NIV). After reading these scriptures, I realised that God wants us to be beautiful of course with these outward adornments but that shouldn’t be our primary focus. Rather, He wants us to focus more on building our inner self thereby producing a gentle and quiet spirit. Remember, when the container is beautiful and the content is not then its worthless. When one doesn’t know God and keeps investing her time and money on the outside, the person is like a ‘gold ring in a pig’s snout’ (Prov 11:22 Msg). That is how the bible recognises a beautiful face on an empty head.

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Let God take charge of your life, then you’ll find balance, contentment, peace and love in this crazy world.

Live and Stay Beautiful.

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Reference:
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The AirBrush Makeup

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Due to questions asked by some of our clients on what the Airbrush makeup is all about, putting up this little piece on what we need to know about Airbrushing became expedient. Sure you’ll find the information very useful.

The Airbrush makeup is a modern technique for the application of makeup in a spray that covers the skin and leaves it flawless. It is light weight and long lasting. Airbrush makeup represents the easiest way to neutralize unwanted discolouration and balances skin tone.
The Airbrush technology was first used for paintings and automotive works but now it has invaded the makeup world.
It is used by pouring a small amount of makeup designed for airbrush use into a chamber of the gun. When the machine is turned on and the trigger pulled, a light spray of makeup comes out of the gun in a fine mist. The fine mist of colour covers the skin and gives the appearance of a flawless complexion. In actual practice, starting out with the airbrush machine might seem difficult and complicated at first but with constant practice one would get used to it and find out that its very easy and fast to use.

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The airbrush makeup is the safest method of applying makeup because its non contact thereby reducing the risk of infection and cross-contamination is much lower. You don’t have to disinfect your gun while using it to apply different makeup products as you do with pencils and brushes.
Due to its light weight, long lasting, flawlessness and easy to apply qualities, brides are advised to opt for the airbrush makeup on their big day. It also looks amazing on  professional photographs.

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Other things that can be learnt about the airbrush makeup are taught in Marez Beauty Academy. Contact us now on Facebook @MarezCreationz ; Instagram @MarezCreationz ; Email: marezcreationz@yahoo.com ; Phone nos: 08060262474 ; 08159936063.

Sure this little information has answered some of your questions. Let us know what you think by dropping a comment below.

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The Nigerian ‘Gele’

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The head tie is a common women’s cloth in many parts of Africa. In Nigeria, the head tie is popularly called ‘Gele’. The Nigerian Gele is an ornamental head covering or fashion accessory used for different occasions and events.
The word ‘Gele’ is a Yoruba (a tribe in Nigeria) word for a female head tie. The Yoruba women are known for wearing Gele head dresses to parties and events. However, the Gele is not only peculiar to the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. Other tribes such as the Igbos who call it ‘Ichafu’ ;  the Urhobos call it ‘Urofo’ ; Bini call it ‘Ukiofon’ ; Akwa ibom call it ‘Afung Iwod’ ; Kwale call it ‘Okpu’ to mention but a few, also have their unique way of tying theirs.

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The Nigerian Gele exhibits the rich culture of our African heritage. The history behind the head tie in Africa dates as far back as in the 1700s before slave trade began. For some culture, the head tie was a sign of affluence and wealth, while in some other cultures it was a sign of respect and spirituality. In our modern world today, Gele can be used to correct a woman’s face feature making her look younger and more beautiful. The Gele is like a crown of glory for the Nigerian women. It is more than just a head covering, it is an art that creatively showcases beauty.
The Gele can be tied in various styles they include:
1. Ayaoba
2. Double Gele ( popular with the Niger Delta region)
3. 1000 pleats
4. Turban
5. Avant garde
Gele fabrics are usually rectangular in shape and a little bit stiff but not too soft. They are chosen subject to the wearer’s choice and they include:
1. Asoke
2. Embroidered Gele
3. Net Fabric popularly known as Singele
4. French lace
5. Sego
6. Damask

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In conclusion, the Gele is a rich Nigerian culture that stands every Nigerian woman wearing it out. Its creativity can never be over emphasized.
Having given an elaborate description of the Nigerian Gele, its significance and history, why don’t you enroll with us for Gele training @ Marez Beauty Academy. Call us: 08060262474; 08159936063. Email us: marezcreationz@yahoo.com. You can also reach us on Facebook @MarezCreationz; Instagram @MarezCreationz ; BBM: 7E1EB22E. See you soon.

Live & Stay Beautiful.

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