Beauty Icon: Dolly Parton Circa 1970

August 19, 2013 | By | Comments (5)
Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton | Photo: CSU Archives/Everett Collection

Charleston-based makeup artist Andrew C. Petersen imagines what we might find in Dolly’s modern-day makeup bag.

Living legend Dolly Parton—no really, the Library of Congress has deemed her such—may be best known for rhinestones and electric blue eye shadow. But we will always love this simpler look she sported back in the 1970s. The down-home denim shirt and restrained lip and cheek color harken back to her humble roots (the Tennessee native grew up one of 12 children in a two-room cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains), while the va-va-voom eyes and mounds of blonde hair scream star on the rise. Hello, Dolly!


  • For Shimmery Lids: “Without a coating of pale, glimmering eye shadow, the dark lashes and liner are one-note. Not Dolly’s style at all.”
    Get the Look: Jewel Eye Shadow in Opal, $20;
  • For Sultry Eyes: “This look is all in the eyeliner. At the outer corner of the upper lid, gently sweep up at a 45-degree angle to add drama and give the eye a little lift.”
    Get the Look: Gel Eye Liner, $16;


  • For a Perfectly Defined Pout: “A lip pencil amplifies the sexy arch of her upper lip. Steal the trick with a pale pink pencil.”
    Get the Look: Matte Lip Pencil in Bettina, $25;
  • For Understated Lip Color: “A subdued hue keeps the focus on the eyes. Opt for a hydrating lip gloss over a lipstick.”
    Get the Look: Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm, $7;


  • For Voluminous Locks: “These rollers do the trick every time. Remember: The bigger the roller, the more volume. Go for it. Dolly would!”
    Get the Look: Jumbo and Super Jumbo Hot Rollers, $40;
  • With a Nary Flyaway: “Don’t mistake ‘sheer’ as ‘not up to the job.’ You can lock in the curls without that awful stiffness.”
    Get the Look: Sheer Hold Hairspray, $23;


  • For a Flawless Face: “Use fingertips to apply tinted moisturizer to enhance the skin, not mask it. Start at the jawline and work inward.”
    Get the Look: Tinted Moisturizer, $43;
  • For Subtle Cheeks: “Like the lip color, Dolly keeps her blush to a minimum to balance the rest of her striking style.”
    Get the Look: Aerin Multi Color for Lips & Cheeks, $42;


  1. Howard Wiggins

    Her inter beauty makes her even more beautiful.

    September 1, 2013 at 5:01 am
  2. cloe crosby

    i love dolly so much, and she is beautiful inside and out, she can pull anything off, i loved her makeup in steel magnolias and in Best little whorehouse in texas. she is amazing!
    I will always love, you, dolly<3 Cloe Crosby

    August 24, 2013 at 9:42 am
  3. Ursula Reynolds (@UBreyn)

    I love her eye makeup! It is flawless.

    August 21, 2013 at 9:05 am
  4. Ursula Reynolds (@UBreyn)

    Her eye makeup is pure perfections!

    August 21, 2013 at 8:55 am
  5. Joy York

    …call me crazy, but does this pic of Dolly not look like Megan Fox in a retro photo shoot or movie playing Dolly?!

    August 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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