Elvis Had Priscilla Presley Wear so Much Makeup That She Looked Back on Old Pictures and Laughed

<p id=”par-1_71″>When <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/elvis-presley/”>Elvis Presley</a> met the young Priscilla Beaulieu, she dressed primly and wore limited makeup. As their relationship wore on, however, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/elvis-presley-controlled-priscillas-look-so-aggressively-she-felt-like-his-living-doll.html/”>he began shaping her looks</a> to fit his tastes. This meant more eye-catching, mature clothing, high piles of hair, and heavy eye makeup. While Priscilla felt glamorous at the time, she explained that when looking back on pictures from the 1960s, she couldn’t help but laugh at her eye makeup.</p>

<h2 id=”h-elvis-presley-asked-priscilla-to-wear-more-makeup”>Elvis Presley asked Priscilla to wear more makeup </h2>

<p id=”par-2_44″>Priscilla moved out of her family home and <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/priscilla-presley-life-changed-forever-after-elvis-presley-talked-way-out-paper-bag.html/”>in with Elvis at Graceland</a> in the early 1960s. Once she moved in, he began exercising control over her looks. He bought her new clothes and instructed her to update her makeup to fit the era.</p>

<p id=”par-3_85″>“It was the early sixties, when clothes and makeup veered to extremes,” she wrote in her book <em><a href=”https://store.graceland.com/products/elvis-and-me-softcover-book” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Elvis and Me</a></em>. “Women’s eyeliner was heavier, their hair more teased, and their skirts shorter than ever before. All the rules I’d learned about dressing and applying makeup (less is more, the simpler the better) were being broken, and men seemed to love it. Elvis certainly did. If I went a little light with the mascara or black eyeliner, he’d send me back upstairs to apply it more heavily.”</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-1″><img decoding=”async” width=”1200″ height=”834″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”A black and white picture of Priscilla Presley standing in between Tom Jones and Elvis Presley. She wears a one-shouldered dress and they both wear turtlenecks. ” class=”wp-image-3557637″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=640&h=445 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=768&h=534 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=1024&h=712 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=504&h=350 504w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=243&h=169 243w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=200&h=139 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=729&h=507 729w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=86&h=60 86w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-makeup.jpg?w=150&h=104 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Tom Jones, Priscilla Presley, and Elvis Presley | Bettmann/Contributor via Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-4_29″>By the time Priscilla wrote <em>Elvis and Me</em> in 1985, the trends had changed a great deal. She explained that she laughed at her heavy makeup in photos from the era.</p>

<p id=”par-5_27″>“Today I have to laugh when I look at the pictures taken of me then,” she wrote. “I can hardly find my eyes under all that camouflage.”</p>

<h2>Elvis also exercised control over how Priscilla Presley styled her hair</h2>

<p id=”par-6_37″>To match her heavy eye makeup, Priscilla dyed her hair black and wore it <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/priscilla-presley-couldnt-be-near-elvis-without-her-hair-and-makeup-done-some-cant-have-the-truth.html/”>stacked to teetering heights</a>. Again, she did this at Elvis’ request. He believed the look would suit her better than her natural one. </p>

<p id=”par-7_34″>“Elvis liked long hair,” she wrote. “When I’d cut mine without asking his permission, he was shocked. ‘How could you cut your goddamn hair? You know I like long hair. Men love long hair.’”</p>

<p id=”par-8_28″>Elvis dyed his hair black, and he told Priscilla to color hers to match his. He believed it was the best shade to bring out her blue eyes.</p>

<p id=”par-9_27″>“The more we were together, the more I came to resemble him in every way,” she wrote. “His tastes, his insecurities, his hang-ups — all became mine.”</p>

<h2>She explained that her only goal was to please the ‘Burning Love’ singer</h2>

<p id=”par-10_17″>Priscilla was happy to change her looks to fit Elvis’ preferences. She was eager to please him.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-2″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”956″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Priscilla Presley smiles. She wears her hair blonde and shoulder length.” class=”wp-image-3557640″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=628&h=500 628w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=768&h=612 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=1024&h=816 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=439&h=350 439w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=212&h=169 212w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=200&h=159 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=636&h=507 636w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=75&h=60 75w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Priscilla-Presley-4.jpg?w=150&h=120 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Priscilla Presley | Sonia Moskowitz/Images/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

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<p id=”par-11_55″>“When he told me that the collar I was wearing on a particular blouse was too small for my ‘long, skinny neck,’ I too began wearing high-collared shirts,” she wrote. “Why not? My sole ambition was to please him, to be rewarded with his approval and affection. When he criticized me, I fell to pieces.”</p>

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