Beauty Secrets From My Mom, the Homecoming Queen

August 23, 2015 | By | Comments (0)
Marcia Miller Sparrow

Marcia Miller Sparrow

Marcia Miller Sparrow

“There are two things my mother says never go out of style: inner beauty and the color red. When I was younger, I remember thinking that she must have slept in red lipstick because she always wore the perfect shade of crimson. Now that I’m older, we catch up over frequent mani-pedis—always opting for red polish, of course.”

Marcia Miller Sparrow was crowned in 1970 when she was a senior at Mount Holly High School in Mount Holly, North Carolina (submitted by daughter Katie Sparrow Hedrick)

“A good brush is a must to keep thick hair like ours smooth.”
Spornette Luxury Cushion, $24; birchbox.com

“My mom loves this perfume because it’s soft, feminine, and not overpowering. I wore it on my wedding day.” Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Spray, $122 for 3.4 oz.; chanel.com

“When it comes to getting a soft, flushed look, she says applying blush under natural light is key.” Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush, $30; clarinsusa.com

“Elizabeth Arden’s Bold Red has been my mom’s signature lipstick for as long as I can remember.” Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick, $25; elizabetharden.com

“Her impossibly ageless skin is a testimony to her diligent regimen. She taught me never to go to bed without washing my face.” Original Formula Facial Cleansing Bar, $2.49; neutrogena.com

“Lancôme’s foundation covers imperfections but is not heavy. My mom’s makeup always looks as fresh at the end of the night as it does in the morning.” Teint Idole Ultra 24H, $45.50; lancome-usa.com


 

Photo Courtesy of University of Tampa

Gloria Gonzalez Polo

Gloria Gonzalez Polo

“My mother is like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor: elegant stance, amazing eyes, and always in heels. While she’s a classic beauty, she’s not afraid to play with her look—particularly when it comes to hair. We took a cruise in the seventies, and she had an entire suitcase just for her wig collection; my favorite was a sleek, shoulder-length flip. Because of her, I never underestimate the value of being put together. She says you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Gloria Gonzalez Polo was crowned in 1951 when she was a freshman at the University of Tampa in Florida (submitted by daughter Tippi Polo)

“While my mother is too modest to see her likeness to Elizabeth Taylor, she does love the star’s perfume, White Diamonds.” White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor Eau de Toilette, $52 for 1.7 oz.; belk.com

“She always has a jar of Noxzema around to use for everything from treating burns to washing her face.” Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream, $1.97 for 2 oz.; walmart.com

“My mom swears by Merle Norman, particularly for blush. Their pink hues work well with her olive complexion.” Blush Rouge, $8; merlenorman.com

“She isn’t a fan of a heavily made-up look, but her brightly colored lips are the secret to her glow.” Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Azalea, $8.99; revlon.com

“Florida’s sun is harsh on skin. Aveeno body wash keeps her arms and legs silky smooth.” Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, $6.99; drugstore.com

“Sleep has always been a priority, but even after eight hours of rest, under-eye circles and puffiness can still be problems.” Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels, $50 for jar of 30 patches; neimanmarcus.com

“She has beautiful hazel-green eyes, which she accentuates with groomed brows.” Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Taupe, $42; bobbibrown.com

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