The Best-Kept Beauty Tricks I Stole From My 'Nanny'
"My grandmother's favorite quote was "Pretty is as pretty does." Nanny taught me that true beauty comes from how you make other people feel in your presence, not just from how you present yourself. Her look was all about the details, and these small details are what made her style special and unique. She loved to accessorize, especially with pearls, which she thought illuminated her face. Nanny also had a gigantic amethyst ring that you'd never catch her without, and my mom wears it now. She gave me a wide silver band etched with flowers and leaves; I wear it every day. My mom and I were both named "Best Dressed" seniors at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Georgia, so it's clear that my grandmother instilled a love for fashion in the generations that came after her." —Cheri Leavy
Marguerite "Nanny" Sheffey Symons
Jekyll Island, Georgia, circa 1950
"Just like Nanny, I use eye shadows in lavenders and pinks to highlight my hazel eye color."
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"She wore Chantilly, a light musk by Houbigant, which also makes my favorite scent."
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"She was loyal to her skin-care regimen and didn't skip steps when applying makeup, down to finishing powder to set her look."
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"She told us to never sleep in our makeup. I use a cleanser that also restores moisture."
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"Nanny was never without her signature pink lip color, even if she was making breakfast in her housecoat!"
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"Her nails were always painted to match her lipstick. She would approve of my go-to pink shade by RMS Beauty."
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