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Mama Dee Simmons Won't Even Take Off Her Makeup When She's Having Surgery

The Real Housewives of Dallas matriarch laid down the fashion and beauty laws that even her doctors abide by. 

D'Andra Simmons' "Mama," Dee Simmons, runs a tight ship. And that's true whether The Real Housewives of Dallas matriarch is running a board meeting, or instructing her doctors on how to do her makeup before surgery. That's right: As Dee recently explained to The Lookbook in the video above, her personal style rules are not meant to be broken — and even her anesthesiologist abides by them. 

"You're not going to see me hanging out, looking like a goofball," the former model said. And that includes when she's about to undergo major medical procedures.

"If I have to have surgery, they know makeup stays exactly where it is, nail polish does not come off, toenail polish does not come off. I have one anesthesiologist that puts me to sleep; she holds my head a certain way. She has in her pocket — I promise! — my compact, my makeup, my lipstick." 

The Dallas businesswoman also explained how her look has evolved over the years. "I wear less makeup than I did last year," she shared. "I used to wear the black eyeshadow D'Andra's made so much fun of it, but I really don't do all of that. My style is my own. I don't copy." And, she's her own makeup artist! 

When it comes to fashion, "I dress according to what it's supposed to be. If it's a black-tie, it's a black-tie [gown.] If it's a cocktail, it's a cocktail [dress.] If it's just, maybe, going to the State Fair of Texas, I'm going to have jeans on. People can't believe I wear jeans, but I do wear jeans."

However, there are some qualifiers to that. With the jeans, "I'm going to have a really snappy little shirt; little jacket; and I'm going to have that makeup, honey!" Watch the video above to hear more about Dee's fashion and beauty rules. 


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