Beauty is relative, they say. To one man it may be defined as more than just the physical appearance, but also the workings of the heart. To another it may be described as someone with a bubbly personality, a woman of substance and essence with an adventurous and ethereal spirit. But one thing is certain. Beauty is more than just skin-deep and as author Malu Tiongson-Ortiz says in her newest book You’re Beautiful but you can be Stunning Inside and Out (OMF Literature Inc, 2014), “just as there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to appreciating art, there are also no strict rules to appreciating a person’s beauty.”
Beauty on the external side
Although the concept of beauty is geared towards both men and women, this book takes pride in bringing both the external and internal beauty of the latter out into the light. Not only does it talk about how to enhance your outer beauty through make-up, it also deals with the more important and vital aspect: that true beauty is found within. Interestingly a man can learn a thing or two about women’s beauty upon reading this book.
First thing to note, beauty is indeed necessary. For career women who hold meetings left and right, talk with impenetrable personalities from around their circle of influence and try to party at the end of the day, feeling fresh and pure is much-needed – which is why the author who captivatingly is an expert on make-up given her extensive experience and knowledge spells it clear right from the start how you may improve your own outer beauty.
Aside from sharing her own testimonials and that of her friends, she also enlists the help of her niece, Ysabella, to help her by posing for her and applying on make-up, as can be found in the middle pages of the book. And too, as expected from OMF Literature, which is a publishing house that caters to the spiritual needs of the people, Bible verses are scattered from start to finish.
Second thing to note is that beauty doesn’t come with age, your type of profession, or with the kinds of make-up you put on. As expected, the book also teaches you how to put on make-up by first talking about the different kinds of make-up available such as mascaras, eyeliners, gels and creams of all kinds.
As part of the male specie who is reading the book, you’d be squirming in your seat because you really can’t understand the whole gamut of all these accessories. But much like its premise, these chapters show that beauty is indeed skin deep and judging from all these make-up, it goes beyond age, profession and identity. But you have to hand it to Tiongson-Ortiz who wants everyone to understand what she’s talking about: as a guide, the book also has pictures of the make-up kit in the middle of the pages so those who are not in the know can follow along.
The book can be a little bit of an advice column, especially to those who don’t know how to put on make-up. An example if you want to put on a sporty type of look: “If your personality is laid-back and you enjoy sports, this is the best look for you,” says Tiongson-Ortiz.
An issue of the heart
The part where internal beauty is defined and described can be seen from Chapters 4 onwards. It talks about the beauty that is within and beneath every individual whether man or woman. Here, the tone of the book becomes more serious as Tiongson-Ortiz highlights that the heart is the most important aspect of beauty. Supported by verses from the Bible, this book hits solid ground on what it means to be beautiful. In fact the foreword by former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao-Roberto says it all, “Inner beauty outlasts outer beauty. And so this inner beauty should be well-enhanced.”
On the other side, the book also poses an answer to the question, “What makes a woman ugly?” No, the author doesn’t talk about body deformities or about permanent scars in your faces – she deals with a more in-depth look of the character of a person such as hate and anger, jealousy, pride and haughtiness, gossip, among others.
Of course the author also gives you resolutions on how to unmask your face and find this kind of beauty within you. Tiongson-Ortiz gleans advice and wisdom from the only authority itself, the Bible and shares it with the readers. Plus, the last chapter discusses the 18 steps to inner beauty – practical and logical steps that any individual can undertake in his or her life such as sleeping well, eating healthy, exercising daily, initiating forgiveness or even respecting your husband (and wife, if I may add).
The book from cover to cover is a motivating and appealing read, not just to women in general , but also to men who want to understand their wives and their girlfriends better. It gives well-rounded pointers on how to please the Lord and in the process, give beauty a natural make-over once and for all.