Eyebrow Raising Beauty Secrets From Old Hollywood

May 24, 2020
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Classic Hollywood stars were renown for their beauty, talent, and charisma. However, to stay effortlessly chic and perfect they often went to extreme measures to maintain their looks


From Marilyn Monroe's excessive lip routine to Fannie Ward's anti-aging secret, there are many old Hollywood beauty hacks that have come to light in recent years. Here are the top five beauty secrets from old Hollywood stars that shocked us.

1. Audrey Hepburn & The Safety Pin Trick

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The stunning Audrey Hepburn was most well-known for her signature doe-eyed look. But achieving the look reportedly took some bravery as she relied on using a safety pin to separate her lashes one by one.


Her legendary makeup artist Alberto de Rossi created the perfect eye look for her. The dramatic yet natural look involved him applying mascara before painstakingly separating each of her lashes with a safety pin.

2. Sophia Loren's Undying Love For Oil

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Sophia Loren was of Italian and French descent. As a result of her background, she followed a strict Mediterranean diet.


Sticking to the diet meant she needed to keep a bottle of olive oil on hand at all times. But the diet wasn't her only reason for the oil. It is reported that she often added some oil to her bath water to keep her skin radiant and smooth.

3. Elizabeth Taylor's Fresh Shave

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While Elizabeth Taylor might be genetically stunning, she also had a very clever trick up her sleeve. She was born with a condition that caused her to grow a thin layer of peach fuzz across her face.


To combat the problem and get perfectly smooth skin, she would often shave her face which also exfoliated her skin. She is not the only one who used face-shaving to keep her skin smooth either. Marilyn Monroe also used the trick.

4. Marilyn Monroe's Perfect Pout

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Everyone knows Marilyn Monroe's eye-catching and perfect pout. However, her beautiful lip look was not an easy task to achieve.

To perfect her trademark pout, Marilyn came up with a very intricate method to apply her lipstick. Her makeup artist was reportedly instructed to apply five different shades of lipstick and gloss to create dimension with the darker reds placed on the outside and lighter colors towards the center of the lips.

5. Fannie Ward Upside Down

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Best known for her "unfading youth," Fannie Ward was determined to stay youthful for as long as possible. To do so, she would hang upside down for half an hour every day.

"The strange posture causes blood to pour generously through the skin to which it has been more or less a stranger. The wasting tissues of the face receive their needed blood bath, a very frehset that nourishes and revivifies. This practice will freshen the most faded complexion."

Explained an article in Harper's Bazaar.

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