Once a make-up artist asked the following question to OSHO:
Q: I’m a make-up artist in New York and I feel make-up can be used to spiritually enhance a woman’s natural beauty.... But I notice the women at the Meditation Resort don’t wear makeup.
OSHO : "Makeup is the invention of the ugly people. It is not that makeup is ugly, but makeup it self is the invention of the ugly. The ugly feels inferior as compared to the naturally beautiful. The ugly tries to compensate for it with artificial methods. The natural has no need to compensate. But naturally beautiful people are very few; hence makeup has become almost a routine thing.
For thousands of years, man has been trying to hide in every possible way all that is ugly in him — in the body, in the mind, in the soul. Even people who were naturally beautiful started imitating the ugly and the artificial, for the simple reason that the artificial can deceive. ...
Makeup, and the whole idea of makeup, is basically hypocrisy. One should love and accept one self the natural way.If you are false there, then why not pretend the same falsehood as far as mind is concerned? Then what is wrong in pretending to be a saint, a sage, when you are not? The logic will be the same.
And sometimes it happens that the pretender can defeat the real, because the pretender can practice, can rehearse, can manage and manipulate in many ways.
Nature can be improved upon. That’s what intelligence is for, but it should not be against nature.For example, the lips can be red through better food, through better exercise, through better medicine. That too is improving upon nature, but improving upon nature in a natural way. Putting on lipstick is cheap; it is not really improving. It is good for the stage.
Spiritual beauty has nothing to do with anything that can be done from the outside.Spirituality is our original face; it is the discovery of our intrinsic nature. It has not to be tampered with, it has not to be painted, it has not to be arranged. It is already there inside us. "
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