True beauty is timeless, but the leading ladies of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s all relied on little beauty secrets to keep themselves looking glamorous and young. Take a look at some of our favorites: you can try most of these at home!
Most famous for her dazzling glamor in Cleopatra, Taylor famously cites beauty sleep as her secret pretty weapon, telling a reporter, “honey, you’ll look like hell if you don’t get a good night’s sleep”. Words of the wise…we all know how tough it is to look pretty on less than a full night’s sleep.
Taylor was also famous for insisting on doing her own hair and makeup for photo shoots and movies, including the famous Cleopatra hair and makeup.
Loren is famous for her lustrous hair and beautiful, dark Italian skin. Her secret to her youthful glow? Olive oil! Loren reportedly took baths with copious amounts of olive oil added in. It makes sense: according to the FDA, olive oil contains fatty acids that help maintain your skin barrier and provide the essential moisture needed for glowing, younger looking skin. That’s not all: she, along with star Rita Hayworth, reportedly used wet, crushed mint leaves as eye sachets to help keep their eyes awake and refreshed. Loren still looks beautiful today at 80, so she must be on to something!
Marilyn Monroe is most famous for her dynamite curves in all the right places. Her secret? A combination of weight training, healthy diet, and a bizarre morning routine: according to Monroe, she would warm up a cup of milk first thing in the morning, add two raw eggs, mix, then drink. We’re not sure about hopping on that boat, but it worked for Marilyn!
Marilyn is also famous for her beautiful bedroom eyes. To make her eyes wider and more awake looking, Monroe reportedly lined the inner rims of her eyes with white pencil to brighten them up and give the illusion of a bigger eyeball. Her eyes are always a thing of envy, so she must’ve been on to something.
One of the most classically beautiful women in recent history, Grace Kelley knew that a woman shows her age in her hands first. According to people who knew Kelley, she was constantly applying hand cream throughout the day to keep her hands looking young. Which makes sense, since someone sporting a 10 carat Cartier wedding ring couldn’t let her hands look old!
Audrey was ahead of the times with her strong, straight brows that can be seen on modern models like Cara Delavinge and modern actresses like Natalie Portman. While her eyebrows were naturally thick, she also reportedly filled them in with a little cocoa powder to make them pop for the camera. Audrey Hepburn’s makeup artist was famous for using a straight pin to separate Hepburn’s long lashes after applying mascara (which might be one trick you don’t want to try at home!).
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