Stars today are going to strange and at times dangerous lengths to maintain their beauty. However, this length are not new. The old Hollywood sirens did different things for the sake of vanity. Though, old Hollywood beauties did not have the technological and medical advances we have today. They had to make do with what they had. They created their own techniques, routines and remedies maintain their striking good looks. The early years were truly the golden age of Hollywood beauty.
Old Hollywood gave us beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor and so much more. These gorgeous women have been embedded as standard of beauty. These amazing women have also helped revolutionize the beauty industry. They have created techniques and tips that we still use today. Take a cue from this Hollywood beauties and try some of their well kept secrets for yourself.
The legendary beauty Elizabeth Taylor used to shave her face to give her that porcelain skin. This isn’t a new beauty technique, European and African royalties would shave their faces to give themselves a smoother and lighter skin. Shaving your face will remove fine baby hair on the skin and dead skin cells. This will give the face more of a radiant glow and applying foundation much smoother.
Marilyn Monroe was known for that beautiful and luscious red lips. She made her lips appear brighter and fuller by layering her lipstick. She would ask her makeup artist to apply 5 or more different shades of lipstick and gloss to create more dimension. She would apply the darkest shade of red on the outer corners and going lighter until the middle of the lips. Topping it off with more gloss in the middle than at the corners.
When it comes to old Hollywood beauties it is impossible to forget the late Audrey Hepburn. She was known for those bright, beautiful eyes and that sophisticated style. One of the things that made Audrey an exquisite beauty is those Bambi lashes, the innocent yet full lashes. She would separate each of her lashes using a small pin after applying mascara. This gave her lashes that clump free and thick appearance.
Drawing outside the Line
Vivien Leigh was known for her full lips, but she wanted to mask her thin bottom lip. She would actually raw beyond her natural lip line to give the illusion of fuller lips. So, yeah over lining your lips isn’t a new thing.
Carol Lombard had a legendary career that span through the decades. She was known for her comedic and offbeat roles. During her career, she met with a car accident that permanently altered her nose. It left her with a slightly crooked nose. She would apply a thin white line in the middle of her nose to mask the crookedness.
Highlighting and Contouring
This makeup technique has become mainstream since the surge of reality stars and online tutorials. However, this technique has been used for ages. The Princess of Monaca, Grace Kelly would define her high cheekbones with blush and apply a darker shade underneath her cheekbones. She would then apply a darker shade dusted on the apples of your cheek. This gave her that royal and porcelain appearance.
Rita Hayworth made the wavy red mane a signature classic hairstyle. She had to take care of her hair every day to keep it in tip top shape. She would apply oil on it after every wash. She’d wrap it in a towel and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then she’d wash it out with lemon juice and hot water. The lemon juice will remove the excess oil residue on the scalp and hair.
The beautiful German-American singer and actress Marlene Dietrich is a classic beauty known for her high cheek bones and smoldering eyes. Marlene got her molars remove to help accentuate her cheekbone and reduce the swelling on her cheeks. She was also known for using surgical tapes to give herself a face lift.
Beauty treatments, makeup and application have come a long way from what it was in the golden age. However, looking back in the past and recreating their famous looks and adding a little old Hollywood appeal to your routine won’t hurt. Thankfully, with the help of new age products and materials, we can easily recreate these techniques with much ease. Let’s thank the old Hollywood for opening up the doors to some of the most vintage, classic and beautiful looks they have brought to us.