Steal This Small Town Mom's Beauty Secrets
"Growing up in the small town of Elba, Alabama, I was often reminded of how stylish–and a bit intriguing—everyone thought my mother was. She was a flight attendant for a brief period and adopted a little bit of an exotic style while seeing the world. She showed me how to find my own look and taught me to never be afraid of trying something new with my makeup, hair, or clothing. Through the years, I've seen her hair short, long, and all lengths in between. She has always had the mind-set that change is temporary. Hair grows back, and makeup can be removed. She believes the same with clothing: Just try it on, and if you feel good, you will look good. So go with it." —WHITNEY WISE LONG
Shirley Lacey Wise Morgan
Shirley with daughter Whitney in Panama City Beach, Florida, 1972
"Mom removes her makeup with this cleansing cream and old cotton T-shirts cut into squares. I think it's the secret to wrinkle-free skin."
Buy It: Cleansing Cream, $20; merlenorman.com
"She takes a bath every night; it's a ritual she's turned into a daily luxury."
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"She is a self-proclaimed perfume junkie. The scent I most associate with her is Shalimar by Guerlain."
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"Putting a dab of gloss in the center of your bottom lip will make your pout look fuller. I use Mom's trick with this classic salve."
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"For her brown eyes, she favors bronze, pink, and plum shades. I use them, too, and this compact has every color I need."
Buy It: Clinque All About Shadow Quad in Pink Chocolate, $29; sephora.com
"Regretfully, I once didn't heed her advice and overplucked my brows. I now keep them thick and use a pencil to fill in sparse areas."
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