No one knows luxury quite like the Hollywood starlets who paved the way for the fierce females on the screen today. These starlets are known for their iconic presence in Hollywood, their elegant yet sexy style, and their screen-ready skin.
The question that remains, however: how did these dynamic women maintain their skin considering the layers of makeup required for their different roles, photoshoots and projects?
No one can tell us how they maintained their skin quite as well as the Hollywood starlets themselves. Fortunately, some of these iconic women of Hollywood have let tidbits slip in interviews, behind the scenes footage and TV spots over the years about their beauty routines.
From quirky habits to luxury skin care you’ll love, these actresses invested in skin care products before they were all over Instagram, and developed beauty hacks before DIY culture even came to fruition.
Consider these tips from Hollywood glamour icons themselves:
1: “Separate Your Eyelashes with a Safety Pin” (Audrey Hepburn)
Audrey Hepburn famously achieved her voluminous eyelashes by separating each eyelash with a safety pin after applying mascara. Fortunately, mascara brushes have greatly improved since Audrey’s time, so you don’t necessarily need to risk poking your eye out with a pin to achieve her lashes.
2: “Shave to Exfoliate Your Face” (Elizabeth Taylor)
Elizabeth Taylor exfoliated her face by shaving — yes, shaving. Good Housekeeping explains that shaving your face removes its fine baby hairs and surface layer of skin cells. This better prepares your face for applying makeup.
Fortunately, now there are so many exfoliating products out there that you can have the same effect on your skin without having to take a razor to your face.
3: “Moisturize Your Skin & Layer on Your Lipstick “(Marilyn Monroe)
It turns out, moisturizer — not diamonds — is actually a girl’s best friend. Marilyn Monroe was always a huge fan of moisturizing, which explains her smooth, soft complexion over the years. Her beauty routine involved various products ranging from Vaseline to olive oil to Erno Laszlo’s Active Phelityl Intensive cream which, according to Allure, was her favourite moisturizer.
Of course, one of Marilyn’s trademarks was her full lips. Her ionic pout was achieved by layering 5 shades of lipstick and gloss. To create dimension, she put darker red shapes on the outer corners of her lips and layered lighter hues in the middle of her pout.
4: “Tone with Witch Hazel” (Ginger Rogers)
According to Byrdie, Ginger Rogers reportedly used cotton pads soaked in witch hazel to tone her skin. It makes sense, considering that witch hazel has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to even your skin and reduce irritation.
5.” Bathe in Olive Oil” (Sophia Loren)
Sophia Loren revealed to the Sunday Times that her beauty secret was "a love of life, spaghetti and the odd bath in virgin olive oil." It turns out, the Italian actress is on to something. Olive oil has properties that soften your skin and treat conditions like psoriasis or acne.
For a Sophia Loren-approved olive oil bath, fill up your bathtub with water and add in roughly three capfuls of extra virgin olive oil. This way, you can get the health effects of olive oil without literally feeling like you are bathing in grease. This is a luxurious treatment that will make your skin feel soft, smooth and rejuvenated.