How To Do Your Hair & Makeup Like Dolly Parton

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 look as Dolly. 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.

Final Thoughts

So, don’t be afraid to borrow a 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!