The days of old Hollywood have their own special charm. It was the time when cinema was budding and protagonists whisked away maidens for joyrides on Vespas. The profession of acting was finding its feet and more attention was being paying to the starlets of the yesteryears. Those were the days when the leading ladies of Hollywood were finding a place for themselves with their skills and using their distinctiveness to stand out. Going back in time, we’re discovering a beauty tip or two from archive of celebrity beauty secrets of these Hollywood stars…
 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

A name that needs no introduction, Marilyn Monroe was a force to be reckoned with. Her pin-up girl looks and voluptuous figure ensured her sex symbol status that went down in history. Marilyn was known to be a great fan of Vaseline’s petroleum jelly.

Marilyn’s Beauty Secret: Marilyn used this petroleum jelly on her eyelids for a glossy sheen and applied it as a primer prior to makeup for a glow. Being fond of glossy lips but without the luxury of the innovative cosmetics today, she even concocted a mixture of petroleum jelly and beeswax to apply on her lips. It is because of this that she is credited as a trailblazer for the modern lip cosmetics industry.

 

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

One of the most famous actresses and philanthropists in history, Audrey Hepburn was also known for her doe-eyed, effervescent beauty. Her black gown and gloves worn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ went down in history as an iconic look that is still popular today. A standout feature of hers was natural yet lengthened lashes.

Audrey’s Beauty Secret: After her mascara was applied, Audrey’s makeup artist used a pin to individual separate each lash from the other. This painstaking job was to ensure that coveted wide-eyed look.

 

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh

This Oscar winning actress was known for her sheer talent, as seen in ‘Gone With The Wind.’ However, Vivien was insecure about her lips, which she felt were too thin.

Vivien’s Beauty Secret: To create the illusion of fuller lips, Vivien used a lip pencil to draw the outline of her lower lip larger than it was.

 

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth

Known for her explosive on-screen sensuality during the black and white era, Rita Hayworth was a bombshell to say the least. Her finger curls and demeanor that oozed sexuality, set her apart from the Hollywood crop.

Rita’s Beauty Secret: Rita was known to apply olive oil over her mid-lengths and ends of her hair and then wash it off with a mild shampoo 15 minutes later. This was her trick to nourish and maintain her lush locks.

 

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Not only was Joan a beauty to behold with her alabaster skin and large eyes but her power-packed performances proved that she wasn’t just a pretty face. Her flawless skin being her definitive feature, Joan implemented a number of ways to retain it.

Joan’s Beauty Secret: She was believed to splash ice-cold water 25 times on her face to wake up her skin and stimulate her pores. To keep her jawline taut, she chewed gum to work her muscles.

 

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

A popular actress and singer during the conservative 30’s, Marlene’s striking, sharp appearance made waves. She was particular about her face especially and left no stone unturned to get a sculpted, firm look.

Marlene’s Beauty Secret: In an age prior to surgical techniques, Marlene used her own resources to get the taut face of her dreams. She used surgical tape to pull back her skin and hair pins tied tightly to uplift her hairline for the appearance she craved for.

 

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

While Katharine was a leading lady for over 60 years in Hollywood, she was also one of the most outspoken female figures who spoke against gender stereotypes. Besides her fierce independence, she was also a believer in skincare.

Katharine’s Beauty Secret: She enlisted her help of a scrub of lemon juice and granulated sugar that she made herself to exfoliate her skin and cleanse her pores.

 

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

If Grace Kelly were to count all of her titles, there would be long list which would include being a Hollywood actress and blue-blooded royalty. The Princess of Monaco had an effervescent look and endearing charm, which made her an iconic figure even today. Being a princess meant being particular about her appearance, which she cared for greatly.

Grace’s Beauty Secret: Much before Kim Kardashian took over the world with the contouring craze, Grace Kelly introduced it. She was known to use two shades of blush, the lighter shade for her cheeks and the darker one for the hollows.

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