[…] man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart," (I Samuel 16: 7). The Apostle Paul states his preference: “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with
proper clothing, modestly and discretely, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works
, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness,” (I Timothy 2:9, 10).
Though it is customary for women to desire to be pleasing physically to the opposite sex, they may all learn from the example set by Esther in the Bible. The young virgins chosen to be part of King Ahasuerus’ court were given cosmetics for their beautification as well as anything they desired to make themselves attractive. When Esther's turn came to be presented to the king, however, it is said that “she did not request anything [perhaps implying no cosmetics either] except what Hegai, the king's eunuch who was in charge of the women, advised,” (Esther 2: 15). We all know the outcome of the presentation: “The king loved Esther more than all the women … so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen…,” (Esther 2: 17)!
In contrast, when Queen Jezebel attempted to save herself from Jehu's wrath by accentuating her charms: “…she painted herself and adorned her head,” (I Kings 2: 30), it appears Jehu, the man of God, was not at all moved by her artifice and ordered Jezebel to be thrown out the window and killed!
Need we say anymore!