In her latest book, “Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones,” Dolly Parton generously shares the anecdotes and secrets behind her legendary sense of style. One revelation that might make dermatologists wince: the iconic country singer has maintained a nightly ritual of sleeping in a full face of makeup since the 1980s.
Parton confesses that this quirky habit originated during her arrival in Los Angeles in the ’80s, citing earthquakes as the catalyst. In her own words, she thought, “I’m not heading out on the streets without makeup in case there are cameras out there! I’m going to be ready to go!”
Despite relocating to Tennessee, far from earthquake zones, the habit persists. Parton explains that she’s not keen on presenting herself as a “hag” next to her husband of over 50 years, Carl Dean.
While skincare experts might cringe, Parton dismisses concerns about timing, asserting that the crucial thing is to clean one’s face daily. Post-morning rituals, she embarks on her day, committed to looking impeccable.
Dolly Parton’s Obsession for Cosmetics Started in Her Early Years
The roots of Parton’s affection for makeup trace back to her upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Limited by a lack of funds for cosmetics, she ingeniously crafted her own products using household items. Pokeberries were a staple, creating a long-lasting lip stain. She even used wooden kitchen matches and spit to fashion makeshift eyebrow and beauty mark enhancers.
Today, Dolly Parton’s distinctive look, as detailed in her book, stands as unmistakable as her musical legacy. For a firsthand account, catch Dolly discussing her book, “Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones.”