How To Do Your Hair & Makeup Dolly Parton Style

Dolly Parton at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Joyful Noise" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 9, 2012. Copyright 2012 by Adam Gold/iPhoto

Dolly Parton is known for her iconic look and certainly doesn’t look her age. She admittedly jokes about having several cosmetic procedures done over the years and no one judges; they just want to be like her! With her big hair and dramatic makeup, she has always been a trendsetter. Even today, many women aspire to have the same Dolly Parton style. Aside from her look, Dolly is also known to be a kind and generous person.

Do Your Hair and Makeup Like Dolly Parton

Even if you don’t have the same big hair as Dolly, you can still achieve her look with a little bit of makeup know-how. With our guide, you will be able to create a dramatic look that will make you stand out from the crowd.

You don’t have to be born with natural beauty – with our help, you can become a glamour girl just like Dolly Parton. All you need is a little bit of practice and some of our tips and tricks.

Guide to Achieve a Dolly Parton Look

In this guide, we will give a comprehensive guide on how to get the look of Dolly Parton. We will go into detail about what products to use, how to style your hair, and which makeup techniques will help you achieve the desired look.

Dolly Parton Make-up Guide

Dolly Parton does her own makeup and is a big fan of “cheap” inexpensive drugstore makeup. She uses “a lot of Maybelline products” and swears by Max Factor’s Pan Stik that she has used “for all of her grown years”. She even wears makeup to bed in case an earthquake or tornado hits, and she would have to leave her house in the middle of the night!

Dolly Parton Foundation

You need something that will give you a flawless complexion. Dolly Parton always looks like she’s just stepped out of a photo shoot, and that’s because her foundation is on point.

For a natural finish, go for a liquid foundation with light to medium coverage. If you want a more dramatic look, go for a full-coverage foundation.

Make sure to blend the foundation well, and don’t forget to apply it to your neck and chest as well.

Dolly Parton Concealer

Dolly Parton has always been known for her big, bright eyes. To make your eyes look even bigger, use a concealer that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.

Apply the concealer under your eyes and on the inner corners of your eyes. This helps to open up your eyes and your eyes look brighter.

Dolly Parton Powder

Once you have applied your foundation and concealer, it’s time to set everything in place with a powder. Dolly always looks like she has a perfect complexion, and that’s because she uses a powder to set her makeup.

For a natural look, go for a translucent powder. If you want more of a dramatic look, go for a powder that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

Apply the powder all over your face, and make sure to blend it well.

Dolly Parton Blush

Your Dolly Parton look is not complete without a little bit of blush. For a natural look, go for a pink or peach blush. If you want something more dramatic, go for a red or berry blush.

Apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it upwards towards your temples.

Dolly Parton Eyeshadow

To really make your eyes pop, use a light eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes. This will help to open up your eyes and make them look brighter.

For the main part of your eye makeup, go for a dark brown or black eyeshadow. Dolly always wears dramatic eye makeup, and this is the perfect shade

Dolly Parton Mascara

Dolly Parton is known for her big, voluminous black eyelashes. To get lashes like Dolly, use a good quality mascara. Southern Living reports that Almay lengthening mascara is Dolly’s go-to mascara. Apply the mascara to your top and bottom lashes, and make sure to coat them well.

I’m actually surprised that Dolly Parton doesn’t wear false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, but she has nice lashes. If I was trying to pull off her style, I would opt for falsies.

Dolly Parton Lipstick

For lips like Dolly Parton, go for bold lipstick in a bright shade. My favorite lipstick shade for this look is bright pink.

Apply the lipstick to your lips and blot it with a tissue. This will help to keep the lipstick in place and make it last longer.

Side story: Dolly was raised in the Pentecostal Church of God where they believed that wearing makeup was sinful. So when Dolly was younger, she would use red pokeberries (a poisonberry) for lipstick as well as a burnt matchstick for her eyeliner and honeysuckle for perfume.

Dolly Parton Hairstyle Guide

Now that we have covered the makeup, it’s time to move on to the hair. Dolly Parton is known for her big, voluminous hairstyles, and she admits that she owns 365 wigs – one wig for every day of the year! So, the easiest way to get your hair to look like Dolly Parton’s hair is to buy a big blond wig! But if you want to attempt to do your own hair, presuming you have bleached blond hair or can attain it, we will show you how to create three of Dolly Parton’s most popular hairstyle looks.

1. Dolly Parton’s big, bouncy curls

To create Dolly’s big bouncy curls look, start by curling your hair with a curling iron. Make sure to curl the hair in different directions for a more natural look.

Once you have curled your hair, use a hairspray to hold the curls in place. My favorite hairspray for this look is Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Hairspray.

2. Dolly Parton’s messy bun

To create Dolly’s messy bun look, start by pulling your hair back into a high ponytail. Then, twist the ponytail around itself and secure it with a hair tie.

LAS VEGAS - MAR 7: Dolly Parton at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards Arrivals at Allegient Stadium on March 7, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV
LAS VEGAS – MAR 7: Dolly Parton at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards Arrivals at Allegient Stadium on March 7, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV

Now, pull some pieces of hair out of the bun to create a more messy look. Finally, spray the bun with a hairspray to hold everything in place.

3. Dolly Parton’s signature beehive

To create Dolly’s beehive look, start by backcombing your hair at the crown of your head. Then, smooth the top layer of your hair over the backcombed section.

Now, take a section of hair from the front of your head and smooth it over the top of your head. This will help to create a more polished look.

Finally, use a hairspray to hold everything in place.

Dolly Parton Style FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Dolly Parton including not only her beauty, but her life, her career, and her many contributions to music and the broader cultural landscape.

Does Dolly Parton have a clothing line?

Dolly does not have a women’s clothing line collection, but she has the “Doggy Parton” collection. Being a dedicated pet lover, Dolly got inspired to create her own line of Doggy Parton gear, accessories, toys, and more, adding a touch of “Dolly” style.

Does Dolly Parton have her own perfume line?

Yes, Dolly Parton has her own fragrance line called ‘Dolly’ in collaboration with Coty Inc. the line includes such scents as “Scent From Above“, “Dancing Fireflies”, “Early Morning Breeze”, “Smoky Mountain” and “Tennessee Sunset”.

Did Mattel make a Dolly Parton Barbie doll?

Mattel has never actually made a Dolly Parton Barbie Doll, but Goldberger Doll Mfg. Co., Inc. made a few back in the 1970’s up until 1996 that we found:

Vintage 1970's Dolly Parton Doll
Vintage 11.5″ Posable Dolly Parton Doll (Goldberger Doll Mfg Item #41150 UPC # 028886411501) Image Source: Etsy
Vintage 1970s Dolly Parton Egee Goldberger 12” Posable Doll Collectable GUC CIB
Vintage 12″ Posable Dolly Parton Doll (Goldberger Doll Mfg Item #DP12 UPC # Unknown) Image Source: Etsy
Vintage 1996 "Dolly" Fashion Doll, Goldberger Doll Mfg Company Inc.; Dolly Parton; NIB NRFB Limited Edition Collector Series Dolls
1996 Posable Dolly Parton Limited Edition Collector Series Doll Came With Certificate Of Authenticity (Goldberger Doll Mfg Item #41191 UPC # 092569411915) Image Source: Etsy

If Mattel would make a Dolly Parton Barbie doll (and we wish they would), we imagine she would it would look similar to one of these AI renditions:

Dolly Parton Barbie Doll

Dolly Parton Barbie Doll

Dolly Parton Barbie Doll by Mattel prototype (AI generated)
Dolly Parton Barbie Doll by Mattel prototype (AI generated by Jasper)

More Dolly Parton FAQs

Where is Dolly Parton from?

Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County near Sevierville, Tennessee on January 19, 1946. She grew up in a musical family and began singing on local radio programs as a young girl. Parton has continued to live and work in the area, keeping her roots close to her heart.

Where does Dolly Parton currently live?

Dolly Parton resides in Brentwood, Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Carl Dean. 

How many children does Dolly Parton have?

While Dolly and Dean had no children, they played a crucial role in the upbringing of Dolly’s younger siblings. Her nieces and nephews affectionately called her “Aunt Granny”, a name that eventually inspired one of the restaurants at Dollywood, the singer’s renowned establishment.

Is Dolly Parton related to Billy Ray Cyrus?

No, Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus are not related. While the two have collaborated on multiple projects and enjoy a close friendship, there is no familial connection between them.

How is Miley Cyrus related to Dolly Parton?

Miley Cyrus is the goddaughter of Dolly Parton. Miley’s father, Billy Ray Cyrus, co-starred with Dolly on the television series ‘Hannah Montana’, which launched Miley’s career as an actress and singer. Since then, Dolly and Miley have forged a close bond and Miley often credits her success to Dolly’s support and guidance.

What is Dolly Parton’s net worth?

Dolly Parton has an estimated net worth of $650 million in 2023 according to Parade, making her one of the highest-paid female entertainers in history. Her wealth comes mainly from a successful career in music —she has released over 100 albums— as well as film and television. But she has also earned her fortune through her business ventures (including Dollywood theme park and various product lines), as well as several real estate investments.

Does Dolly Parton have tattoos?

Yes, Dolly Parton has several tattoos. Rumor has it that she got her first one in 2012 – a butterfly located on the inside of her right wrist – and has since collected a few more, including a heart with ribbons that reads “Love” and an image of a rainbow and sun over the Smoky Mountains.

What was Dolly Parton’s first hit song?

Dolly Parton’s first major hit was a single called “Dumb Blonde”, released in 1967. The single climbed to number 24 on the US country charts and helped launch her career, becoming one of her signature songs.

What is Dolly Parton’s biggest hit song?

Dolly Parton’s biggest hit song was “Islands in the Stream”, a duet with Kenny Rogers that reached number one on both the US and UK country music charts. The song went on to win two Grammy Awards, cementing its status as one of the most beloved country-pop crossover hits of all time.

Did Dolly Parton sing at Kenny Rogers Funeral?

No, Dolly did not sing at Kenny Rogers’ funeral. Lynn Smith and a gospel choir sang “Amazing Grace,” along with a pre-recorded Rogers vocal, as well as a rendition of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” one of the country legend’s all-time favorites.

What charities does Dolly Parton support?

Dolly Parton has contributed to countless charitable causes and organizations throughout her career. Some of the charities she has supported include the Imagination Library, which provides books to disadvantaged children worldwide, and My People Fund, which helps impoverished families in Tennessee rebuild their homes affected by fires. She is also a vocal advocate for animal rights and the Black and LGBTQ+ communities

Does Dolly Parton own 100% of Dollywood?

No, Dolly Parton does not own 100% of the Dollywood theme park. While she is a major shareholder and owner, the park is actually owned and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment, which also happens to own SeaWorld and over 20 other theme parks across the United States.

What awards has Dolly Parton won?

Dolly Parton has won numerous awards during her storied career, including 8 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 American Music Awards, and 7 Academy of Country Music Awards. She was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Final Thoughts

So, don’t be afraid to borrow a Dolly Parton style or two from the icons you admire. Just make sure that in the end, your best look always comes across as authentically you. With a little practice, you can learn how to develop your own unique beauty style that will turn heads and maybe even inspire some new trends. Keep on being beautiful and confident, lovelies.