5 Strange Old Hollywood Beauty Secrets You Will Not Believe
From Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn!
9 December 2022
Image credits: Getty
We live in the times where the makeup industry is at its peak of innovation.
No matter what your beauty concern is - a product for it exists. There are primers to fill in your pores, smart technology foundation brushes and mascaras that volumize, curl AND lengthen your lashes. The knowledge of makeup and beauty is not limited to makeup artists anymore. Thanks to YouTube and Instagram, anyone can learn the tricks of the trade.
But back in the day, makeup was limited to a few products and a few makeup artists who worked with Hollywood's finest. Read on to find out the strange things that these iconic Hollywood celebrities did to look good.
1. Marilyn Monroe
In the 50's there were no primers - so Marilyn Monroe would use straight up Vaseline on her entire face before foundation! It worked in her favour as the thick moisture gave her a soft glow under harsh old Hollywood studio lights.
2. Audrey Hepburn
Audrey's makeup artist, Alberto Rossi, was famous for separating Audrey's lashes one by one with a pin to give her a wide-eyed look with full, fluttering lashes. How time-consuming (and potentially dangerous)!
3. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor, inspired by Cleopatra, used to shave her face! Even though it is something we would be petrified of trying, shaving gets rid of dead cells and along with hair on the surface of the skin - revealing a beautiful complexion.
4. Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren was obsessed with hydration and moisturization, so much so that she used to bathe in olive oil.
5. Grace Kelly
Believe it or not, Grace Kelly loved doing her own hair and makeup. And as much as Kim Kardashian pushed the popularity of contouring, it was actually Grace Kelly who pioneered contouring in the good old days by using a darker blush shade on her cheekbones.