When I was growing up, I was raised Mormon, and was told my purpose in life was to serve men and be beautiful for them. Very difficult for a kid raised on a bad diet with chronic acne by age 12. I left the Mormon Church as a young teen, but that brainwashing stuck with me. After I married, I did not allow myself to be seen without makeup on, making sure it was applied before my mate awoke, just as my mother had.
Later in life with the use of aloe Vera and neem oil I irradiated my acne scars, and rarely wore foundation. After getting on the raw Paleo diet, I literally became ageless, people thought my daughter and I were the same age! All I wear now is homemade lipstick.
As far as hair dye goes, that was a different story. I started to grey at 15,.and by 35 was mostly grey. After getting cancer, I quit using all toxic chemicals, and opted for natural alternatives. At first I used the boxed stuff at the health food store, until the price soared to $20 a box, and I then tried other alternatives, such as henna. My hair is pretty difficult to work with though, and I recently gave up on it completely. It was a big step for me.
I think having fun with things like natural lipstick and eye makeup, etc. to enhance and play with our natural beauty can be a good thing, as long as we don't depend upon it for our self esteem. Tribal people have used such enhancements for thousands of years, and in a way we seek to mimic our animal cousins in nature, exploring our own wild side.
As soon as we stop wearing foundation, our skin can breathe, and it's vitality returns. At first though a person looks worse, and it takes awhile to heal our skin of all those toxins and oxygen deprivation. It is seriously worth it though, and who wants a mate that is going to judge you for who you are skin deep? My mom used to say beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is all the way to the bone. Lol. It is kind of funny, but true as far as the last part goes. If you are a happy and content person inside, it is going to show, but if you are spiteful and angry, no amount of makeup is going to fix that... people are going to see you for what you are.
I think beauty is found in good health, being loved, and loving yourself...not in a bottle that attempts to cover up what we have been through.