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The 9th-Circle Makeup Sin That Works For Dolly Parton

Country icon and glam queen Dolly Parton has revealed she commits one of skincare’s sin-of-all-sins on a daily basis: wearing her makeup to bed.  

Dolly Parton’s notoriously glitzy look has attracted questions for decades. Does Dolly Parton get cosmetic surgery? What does Dolly Parton use for makeup? Is Dolly Parton’s hair real? How does Dolly do it all?

In a wide-ranging Wall Street Journal interview, Dolly spilled the beans on her atypical beauty routine, which includes going to bed with her makeup on and sticking to inexpensive beauty products from Maybelline, Almay, and Max Factor.

“I do all my beauty work and cleaning my face in the morning because I usually try to keep my makeup on at night. Because I never know if there’s going to be an earthquake or a tornado or a storm and I’m going to have to go out in the middle of the night! I don’t like to go home and just tear down completely, because my poor husband has to look at me. And in the morning when I get up I start all over again, put on my makeup and then touch it up through the day,” she said.


While dermatologists everywhere clutch their chests in incredulity, we asked Nava MD’s own Dr. Lilliana Ramírez García about this classic makeup faux-pas. 

“Going to bed with makeup on is certainly not something I’d recommend to any patient, especially those with sensitive skin or acne,” she said, “It seems to have worked for Dolly for a long time, but for the rest of us, it’s best to cleanse and remove before bed. Give your face a break, and better yet, moisturize and use sun protection daily.”

This summer, Parton will step into the world of beauty in a much bigger way, launching her own fragrance called “Dolly – Scent From Above” followed by her own line of makeup.

And, the inspiration behind her glitzy look? The town tramp, says Parton: 

My own over-exaggerated look came from a serious place I’ve often spoken about: the town tramp in our little country hometown. They called her trash, but to me she was absolutely beautiful. She wore colorful patchwork skirts and pretty blouses and showed a little cleavage and had red nails and piled-up blond hair and red lipstick and high heels. She was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. When everybody would say, “Oh, she’s just trash,” I’d say, “Well, trash is what I’m going to grow up to be.” And I guess my look is glamorous trash!

There you have it; being worth $500 million-plus doesn’t mean you have to change a thing. Find what works for you and stick with it. 

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