Beauty Se­crets

A fam­ily ma­tri­arch with a steady hand and plenty of sto­ries to tell

Southern Living (USA) - - Contents - PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY ROB­BIE CAPONETTO

A ma­tri­arch with steady hands and sto­ries to tell

“Grandma has never been clouded in mys­tery. She’s as sharp as a tack with a re­call that I’m con­vinced has never al­lowed her to tell the same story twice. Her tales of dances and debu­tante days fixed my child­hood imag­i­na­tion on her bath­room van­ity, a place where I be­lieved all el­e­gant ladies kept their se­crets. I re­mem­ber sneak­ing into Grandma’s room years ago dur­ing her an­nual fam­ily Christ­mas Eve party. To avoid the bo­gey­man I thought hid in Grandad’s old of­fice, I took off down the hall at a full sprint. What I found when I ar­rived was well worth the heart-pound­ing jour­ney. The bot­tles, the jew­elry—it was a lit­tle girl’s dream come true. It still is.” — PA­TRI­CIA WEIGEL SHAN­NON

Hol­ly­wood,Florida, circa 1963

“For years, her daily look has con­sisted of a pen­cil skirt, silk blouse, and pumps. A red lip is the ob­vi­ous fi­nal touch.” Rouge Dior Ul­tra Rouge in999 Ul­tra Dior, $37; dior.com

“An over­done face? Never. One coat of mas­cara is just enough to set off Grandma’shazel eyes.” Hy­dro BoostPlump­ing Mas­cara, $10;neu­tro­gena.com

“Her el­e­gant hands are the stuff of the ge­netic lot­tery. My sis­ters got those win­ning num­bers. As for me, I’m a bona fide hand cream ad­dict.” Lim­ited-Edi­tion Bliss­ful Pome­gran­ate SatinHands Nour­ish­ing Shea Cream, $12; marykay.com Â

“This ex­fo­liant is brand-new, but Grandma still deems it van­ity wor­thy. Tiny grains of rice in the for­mula work to il­lu­mi­nate her nat­u­ral olive com­plex­ion.” TheRice Pol­ish: Deep, $65;tatcha.com

“She mas­tered the at-home French man­i­cure, but for those of us with shaky hands, a hol­i­day red also re­ceives her stamp of ap­proval.” OPI Nail Lac­quer in CandiedKing­dom, $11; avail­able at Dil­lard’s stores

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