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Dolly Parton's Backwoods Beauty Tips: 'I Used A Burnt Matchstick For Eyeliner, Berries For Lipstick'

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In her recent memoir, "Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You," Dolly Parton is candid about long-held rumors about her sexuality and owning up to the fact that she lost a drag queen celebrity lookalike competition -- competing against other Dollys. But what really piqued our interest was her admission of using less-than-conventional items as make-shift makeup while growing up in Tennessee.

“Until I was a teenager, I used red pokeberries for lipstick and a burnt matchstick for eyeliner. I used honeysuckle for perfume. We were raised in the Pentecostal Church of God and they believed that wearing makeup was sinful. My Grandpa Jake, my Mama’s dad, was a preacher. So I had to sneak around and make myself look all pretty but then wash it off before they caught me." 

Now her song "Backwoods Barbie" is starting to make a lot more sense. As far as her health and fitness routine these days, she's a little more vague.

“People think I’m a vegan. I’m not. Or they think I take lots of vitamins. I don’t. Or they think I have a daily exercise routine. But I certainly can’t jog or I’d black both my eyes and beat myself to death. So where does all my energy come from? Well, I’m blessed that I do not require much sleep, which is a very good thing for me.” 

What do you think about Dolly's resourcefulness with found objects-turned-makeup? Have you ever used something other than makeup to give yourself a bit of color? Let us know in the comments, then take a look back in the gallery below to see how Dolly's style has remained consistently awesome through the years.

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