Vintage Pearls of Beauty Wisdom
Shelley Golding Carey, 1976 Hilton Head, SC
"Mom said classic, elegant styles, quality materials, and workmanship are essential to any lady's wardrobe. You can always add trendy pieces from season to season, but find cuts that flatter your figure; not just what's in style. And, you should always have basic, black garments that you can dress up or down."
Submitted by daughter Lauren Michelle Carey, from Atlanta, GA
Pictured on New Year's Eve in Bal Harbour, FL
Meme Dupes, 1956 Courtland, AL
"Don't overdo it with the trends. My mother would get up early and get dressed for the day. She was a minimalist concerning makeup but never failed to have rosy cheeks and lipstick."
Submitted by daughter, Ginny Dupes Wilson, from Decatur, AL
Pictured going to her high school graduation party in Decatur, AL
Linda Tatum Raine, 1960 Franklin, AL
"Always take care of your skin—moisturize daily, wear sunscreen, and keep your makeup simple. And, always buy good shoes."
Submitted by daughter Tricia Raines Griffin, from Franklin, AL
Pictured at Beatrice High School working as editor of the yearbook
Carrie Lee Turner Biles, 1930 Wilmington, NC
"Never, ever go to bed wearing makeup. Wash it off every night and sleep with a clean, fresh face."
Submitted by granddaughter Amanda Couick Britt, from Atlanta, GA
Pictured with husband, Van Biles, in Charlotte, NC
Marcia Andrew, 1960 Tulsa, OK
"My grandmother taught me that less is more. I rarely wear anything more than mascara on my face."
Submitted by granddaughter Bailey Heldmar, from Memphis, TN
Pictured with husband, Clark Andrew
Ann Goode, 1950 Clover, SC
"Use lotion everyday. Whether it be a face moisturizer, hand cream, or a body lotion using them regularly will save your skin when the winter comes and everything dries out."
Submitted by granddaughter Rachel Huggins, from Alexandria, VA
Pictured visiting family in Baltimore, MD
Lottie Hartwell, 1945 San Antonio, TX
"Momma always wanted us to look our best and advised us to always wear a little lipstick and rouge. Her idea was to keep your look fresh and simple to display your natural beauty."
Submitted by granddaughter Megan Jeske, from Olney, TX
Pictured posing for a friend's camera
Betty Bass, 1943 Chattanooga, TN
"Always wear lipstick, it gives you color. My grandma always had perfect makeup—she wore Mary Kay for as along as I can remember. And she always had the perfect shoes on and a matching handbag."
Submitted by granddaughter Allison Eubanks, from Woodstock, GA
Pictured in downtown Chattanooga, captured by a photographer documenting life around town
Martha Porter Webster, 1945 Columbus, GA
"My late grandmother was a stylish and spirited social butterfly. She believed that a woman's beauty was 'most becoming' in its natural form and passed this belief on to her daughters and granddaughters. The only time you would ever find her without her signature, waist-belt was while working in the yard."
Submitted by granddaughter Michele Moshell, from Phenix City, AL
Pictured at work in her hometown Martin Theater (now Carmike Cinema)
Connie Fielder Monkhouse, 1950 Shreveport, LA
"Our family did a lot of camping, water skiing, and fishing, and mother knew the sun would damage my skin. She kept me supplied with O.J.'s Beauty Lotion, from Shreveport, for breakouts. I continued to use it even after my teenage years. The ultimate anti-aging treatment that she and my grandmother used was Elizabeth Arden's [Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant] orange cream. Although I never used it, I remember their bedtime orangey smell."
Submitted by daughter Molly Cummings, from Dangerfield, TX
Pictured on vacation at Caddo Lake in the Texas-Louisiana border
Dorothy Spear, 1941 Bowling Green, KY
"My grandmother always told my mother that the less she touched her face, the fewer wrinkles she would have when she became older."
Submitted by grandson Patrick Bryant, from Bowling Green
Pictured with husband, Kenneth Spear
Anne Buchanan Tomlinson, 1950 Durham, NC
"Sure we used to copy her and wear her lipstick, put on her powder, or flip our hair into curls like hers in the fountain in her back yard, but her beauty was within."
Submitted by granddaughter Nancy Ratcliffe, from Charlotte, NC
Pictured at a friend's house in Durham, NC
Barbara Williamson, 1978 Charlotte, NC
"Her cure-all for anything from clear skin to an earache is ‘drink some water.' Nine times out of 10, she's exactly right. According to mom, you should never have a tan and always buy whatever bright, limited-edition lipstick Chanel has at the counter."
Submitted by daughters Katie Alice Walker and Susannah Maddux, from Columbia, SC, and Macon, GA
Pictured on vacation in Blowing Rock, NC
Joy Raine, 1950 Bessemer, AL
"Always wear a smile—you will look and feel better and make others feel the same way. Of course, that smile should always have lipstick to enhance it. And last but not least, stand and sit up straight. It conveys confidence, and a confident woman is a beautiful woman."
Submitted by daughter Joy Raine Maples Ledvina, from Birmingham, AL
Pictured on vacation in Daytona Beach, FL
Normandie Shirley, 1966 Birmingham, AL
"Use POND'S Cold Cream on your face every day. Smooth eyebrows with Vaseline. Keep hair clean and off your face. Pinch your cheeks for color. And always wear lipstick."
Submitted by daughter Jennifer Green, from Mountain Brook, AL
Pictured at her mother's house in Irondale, AL, on Easter
Jewell Hill Campbell, 1927 High Point, NC
"Take good care of your skin, make sure your makeup looks natural, and don't follow any trends that require you to make a permanent change (like plucking all your eyebrow hairs out)."
Submitted by daughter Rochelle (Rocki) Witmer, from Florence, TX
Pictured at age 16 in her hometown
Lana Kay (Strout) Perdue, 1964 Tulsa, OK
"My mother would always wear Playtex gloves while doing the dishes or cleaning to preserve her hands and keep them ‘looking young'. She always used Noxema on her face, and I still do too. I'm 47 and people always guess I'm at least 10 years younger."
Submitted by daughter Melissa Lay, from Sand Springs, OK
Pictured before going to a school dance at Tulsa Central High
Nancy Duggins Vostal, 1961 Jefferson City, MO
"My mom was always impeccably groomed and pulled together. She never left the house without her signature fragrance Quelques Fleurs, which we both still wear."
Submitted by daughter Martha Leonard, from Dallas, TX
Pictured in Waynesville, MO
Julia Frericks, 1924 Corpus Christi, TX
"Comb your hair, tuck in your shirt, and shave. She always looked like a million bucks even if it was to run to the grocery store to get a gallon of milk."
Submitted by son Frank Frericks, from Austin, TX
Pictured at the Rice Hotel in Houston with husband, Alvin Frericks
Sharon Christie Jacumin, 1965 Valdese, NC
"If you feel good, you will look good. Make exercise a part of your life: Don't wait until after you've had your children or are over 35 to start. And, never leave the house without lipstick."
Submitted by daughter Donna Eisen, from Bethesda, MD
Pictured on her honeymoon in the Bahamas with her husband, Dr. W. Joe Jacumin
Verna zumBrunnen, 1942 Virginia, MN
"As a little girl, my grandmother would let me pick out a Revlon color and paint my nails in the kitchen, usually while she had something in the oven. To this day, you won't find me without my nails painted. She also loved Revlon lipstick: Whether it was just for a trip to the grocery store or to go into work, she always had a great color of lipstick on. I carry her old lipstick holders at all times—even if just to hold my Chapstick."
Submitted by daughter Ashley zumBrunnen, from Houston, TX
Pictured on vacation in Crane Lake, MN
Denise Duncan Rosenzweig, 1971 Augusta, GA
"My mother said that classic look never goes out of style."
Submitted by daughter, Anna Rosenzweig from Augusta, GA
Pictured on a trip to Wilmington, NC
Marjorie Shanks, 1968 Alexandria, VA
"Momma always told us girls to never be seen in public with our hair in rollers. She also said ‘if you must go out without making up your face, for heaven's sake, slap some color on your lips!' And I always do."
Submitted by daughter Ellen S. Padgett from Birmingham, AL
Pictured with her daughters on vacation in Destin, FL
Rosetta Thompson, 1950 Memphis, TN
"A woman is most beautiful when she is confident. Be confident in who you are, while exercising character and modesty—she was a true Southern woman."
Submitted by granddaughter, Kelsey Kennedy from Memphis
Pictured playing dress-up at her older sister's house
Carol Ackerman, 1974 Ilmi, IL
"My mom taught me to take good care of my face and to keep it simple. She used the original Neutrogena face wash and Johnson's Baby Oil to remove her eye make up. It's simple, it works, and she still looks stunningly beautiful today."
Submitted by daughter Leslie Ann Ackerman from St. Louis, MO
Pictured at her rehearsal dinner with husband, Arthur Ackerman
Erval Griffith, 1930 Poteau, OK
"Erval thought Vaseline was a cure-all, especially on lips. She Used POND'S Cold Cream every night, rinsed her hair with vinegar, treated colds with Vicks Vapor Rub under nose and on cloth wrapped around throat, and always kept an aloe plant for treating burns."
Submitted by daughter-in-law Barbara Griffith from Fort Smith, AR
Pictured on a Sunday afternoon after church, when she was approximately 20 years old
Peggy Brewer Smith, 1957 Rockwall, TX
"No matter your dress, always have clean shiny hair, teeth, and shoes. Match your style to your lifestyle—dress your age, stay classic, and pop in some color."
Submitted by daughter Charlotte Smith Lewis from Athens, GA
Pictured on Easter Sunday in Rockwell, TX
Phyllis Harr, 1948 Madison, IN
"Stand up straight and be proud of being tall. Also, the best beauty products are the ones that work for you; not necessarily the fancy or most expensive brands."
Submitted by daughter LuAnn Cutshaw from Tallahassee, FL
Pictured second from right, on her wedding day in Madison, IN
Peggy Dukes, 1962 Ann Arbor, MI
"One: You are never too old to enjoy a good bubble bath. Two: You can never have too many beautiful coats for every season."
Submitted by daughter Jill Bartscht from Arlington, VA
Pictured on her birthday in July
JoAnn Spencer Hatcher, 1951 Bristol, TN
"My mother is such a natural beauty—she reminds me of Jackie Kennedy. She really worked the red lipstick and always wore Chanel No. 5 perfume."
Submitted by daughter Tricia Hatcher Argabrite, from Kingsport, TN
Pictured with husband, Dr. Edgar Claude Hatcher, Jr., at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond
Ann Mullins, 1955 Gray, SC
"Always take pride in yourself. I always knew we were ‘going to town' when I would find her in her bathroom doing her hair and makeup. In these days of rushing around in workout clothes, I still do that as well—even if it's just to meet a girlfriend for lunch or run errands."
Submitted by daughter Yvonne Berkeley, from Beaufort, SC
Pictured with husband, Harry Mullins, Jr.
Ruth Bell Graham, 1958 Montreat, NC
"My grandmother would say: ‘Never does a day go by that a lady doesn't wear pearls.' Even when wearing her house coat and bedroom shoes, she always had a strand of pearls around her neck."
Submitted by granddaughter Cissie Lynch from Fort Myers, FL
Pictured with husband, minister Billy Graham
Opal Lou Kowis, 1945 Alvin, TX
"The best beauty advice my mom, grandmother, and great grandmother before her ever gave me was to wash and moisturize or ‘cream' my face as they called it, every night before bed. My grandmother used Avon's Carnation cream in her early years and later switched to POND'S."
Submitted by granddaughter Kelli Renfro, from Frisco, TX
Pictured is a glamour shot taken of Opal when she was 20-years-old in Houston, TX
Sadie Lee Cowart Martinez, 1956 Baton Rouge, LA
"My great grandmother never left the house without being properly dressed. Her nails were always manicured, hair in a classic chignon, and she always wore a fabulous hat. She believed in great skincare and wore eye cream nightly; she said you should ‘apply it gently with your pinky.'"
Submitted by great-granddaughter Candace Carroll, from Canton, GA
Pictured in a classic 1950s dress and hat
Syble Spink, 1940 Calhoun, GA
"She always said: 'You only have one face, take care of it.' To her, moisturizing was the fountain of youth. Without fail, she would wash and moisturize her face before bedtime every night.
Submitted by granddaughter Chancy Martin, from Greenville, SC
Pictured with her sister Sara Muse on a shopping trip in Atlanta, GA
Louise Norris, 1951 Elmore, AL
"My grandmother believed foundation was bad for your skin, so she hardly ever wore it. But she did love her lipstick. She had beautifully shaped lips and she knew how best to accentuate them."
Submitted by granddaughter Jennifer Maddox from Las Vegas, NV
Pictured en route to her high school graduation
Eula "Pike" Dickerson Bullington, 1933 Spartanburg, SC
"She told me to always purchase quality clothing as it lasted longer and made a difference. To work on my posture, she would have me stand against a wall so that my heels, shoulders, head, and small of my back (suck in your stomach for this!) all touched the wall. That was tough."
Submitted by daughter Kathy Bullington Cigala, from Vero Beach, FL
Pictured is a photo from Eula's yearbook, when she attended Frank Evans High School in Spartanburg, SC
Roxanne Lagarde, 1970 Covington, LA
"Never leave the house without your red lipstick! Now I know she didn't mean literally wear red lipstick everyday, but she instilled in me that you should leave your home looking and feeling your best. Also you never know where the day can take you, so it's always good to be prepared!"
Submitted by daughter Lauren Lagarde, from New Orleans, LA
Pictured during a summer day on the lake, in her hometown of Lake Arthur, LA