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Anonymous Anna wrote:

Hi, guys —

I recently watched a Protestant testimony about Hell, which claimed that women ended up in Hell just because they wore lipstick! It made me extremely confused and scared.

  • Otherwise, I personally don't apply a lot of make-up, but I'm wondering if applying make-up is a sin?

God bless you!


  { Is applying (and/or) wearing make-up a sin?; a recent Protestant testimony about Hell said so. }

Eric replied:


The Catholic church does not teach that wearing lipstick is wrong. This is a misapplication of 1 Peter 3:3-4 (RSV2CE):

3 Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of robes, 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (RSV2CE)

This does not so much assert that trying to look good is sinful so much as it places primary value on cultivating interior beauty.


Bob replied:

Dear Anna,

Thanks for the question. 

No, wearing makeup is not a sin.


Bob Kirby

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