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How to Get the “Walk the Line” June Carter Look

Reese Witherspoon played June Carter Cash in the biopic about Johnny Cash called Walk the Line.  The look begins with the singer’s signature hairstyle which was the top of her hair pulled straight back into a ponytail; a style that the real June Carter wore her entire life.  This entails sweeping your hair straight back and poufing it at the top and then fastening it with a big brett.  The hair hanging down, to about the shoulders, was then flipped at the ends so that the curls flipped upwards on her shoulders.  Adele is a good example of a celebrity who wears her hair the same way that June Carter did in real life. Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie have adopted the look as well.


Carter’s eyebrows and hair were the same color as her hair and she made sure they were thickly drawn in to create a strong, definitive statement.  This was part of the necessity for her to have a lot of comic impact onstage; she was known for her delightful sense of humor and her raised eyebrows were part of the act.


She had a lot of freckles, which showed through the sheer foundation she wore; at times this made her look like a bit of a sexy country bumpkin.  She also wore a lot of blush in a strawberry color on her cheeks, especially when onstage. Part of the key to making this look work is looking partly flushed and excited all of the time.


Carter also wore a minimal amount of eye makeup.  She circled her eyes with a thick dove gray pencil and wore a bit of brown mascara to uphold her “girl next door” friendly country image.


Carter also rarely wore lipstick, so if you do her look line your lips only with a dry light pencil in nude.  Sometimes she wore a flesh or very light baby pink gloss over her lips as well.


Carter was also known for sense of Southern taste, which often included A line frocks in her earlier years, but in her later years, a well-tailored shift, often in emerald or forest green paired with a black or white cardigan.  She always looked a bit dressed up but still friendly and informal. She wore very little jewelry except for a tiny grandma watch with a thin black strap and a crucifix on a silver chain around her neck. She also always wore her wedding ring from Johnny Cash.  In later years she would be seen in public wearing wide Palazzo pants and large round gold earrings.


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