Recreate Dolly Parton's Classic Look

Dolly Parton | Circa 1970
Photo: CSU Archives/Everett Collection

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

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Dolly Parton | Circa 1970

Dolly Parton | Circa 1970
CSU Archives/Everett Collection

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!

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For a Perfectly Defined Pout

For a Perfectly Defined Pout
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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; sephora.com

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For a Flawless Face

For a Flawless Face
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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; lauramercier.com

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For Subtle Cheeks

For Subtle Cheeks
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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; nordstrom.com

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For Shimmery Lids

For Shimmery Lids
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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; stilacosmetics.com

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For Sultry Eyes

For Sultry Eyes
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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; noircosmetics.com

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For Understated Lip Color

For Understated Lip Color
Photo: Courtesy Sephora

"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; sephora.com

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For Voluminous Locks

For Voluminous Locks
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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; conair.com

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...With Nary a Flyaway

...With Nary a Flyaway
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

"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, $20; drusgstore.com

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Psst: The R is for Rebecca!

Psst: The R is for Rebecca!
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Inspired by Dolly's chambray shirt, we chose this blue bag, monogrammed with her initials.

Get the Look: Ombre Makeup Bag, $24.50; etsy.com/shop/gertiebaxter

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