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by Rebecca Kirby

The starlets of Old Hollywood were some of the best kept, and stunning women to hit the screens, or streets in this lifetime. From Bette Page to Sophie Loran, great lengths were taken to ensure nourished skin, full eyelashes, pouty lips and everlasting looks left, legendary.


Bettie Page always looked well and flattering especially when it came to her face shape with her hairstyle. She had a knack for knowing what looked right on her, but a hairstylist with talent will too know what is best for your face. Always be sure to have the proper hairstyle that suits your faces shape best and you can never have an off day. If Bettie's mood started to fall she’d often take walks. Along with increasing her endorphins and positive mood, it helped her skin tone and those curves of hers stay perfectly intact. So, find your hairstyle that best fits you and go on a lot of walks. Try to refrain from alcohol and smoking too just as Bettie did. She wasn’t always camera ready for no reason.

Ginger Rogers and Witch Hazel

It rings tried and true and has for centuries that witch hazel is a highly beneficial attribute to any beauty/skincare regimen. For Ginger it was a must. She maintained a smooth and very even complexion by soaking cotton pads in Witch Hazel and toning her face with it. It is an astringent by default as well as an anti-inflammatory so if not for everyday use, you can at least keep it in the house for those mornings you wake up with irregular puffy eyes.

Sophie Loren’s Three Tips for Long-lasting Beauty

“A love life, spaghetti, and the odd bath in olive oil.” – Sophie Loren about everlasting beauty. Sophie thrived on her Italian roots, gorgeous soul, Mediterranean diet and olive oil baths. She would soak in olive oil allowing it to give her skin the nutrients and silkiness it requires and leave it glowing after, and she did this often. The best thing to do for an olive oil bath is to run your bath water and pour in a few drops of olive oil in with it. Let the oil sink in as you do. Get relaxed and let the oil do what it does best, nourish. You can also form a gentle body scrub just by mixing some olive oil and sugar together. It is easy on the skin, exfoliates well and moisturizes all at the same time.

Mae West Is 'Sexiness'

“It’s not sex appeal, just common sense. “

The coconut oil fad started in our society not that many years ago, but Mae West knew of it all along. This sex symbol counted on coconut oil to give her skin its dewy, youthful look.

“Eyes that glitter are not always gold!”

More subtle eyes with a very thin layer of Vaseline on the eyelids is the best look for any day. It is good for your eyelids and it is a soft look.

“Eve had it. And, the whole female tribe inherited it—only some of them haven’t learned that yet, and others just let it dry up! And, you don’t hear about those women, let me tell you. “

“Leave no trace of rouge, blondes avoid dark brows, and Vaseline over shadows….”

-Mae West 1934 had some damn good advice ladies.

Elizabeth Taylor’s 'Valued Secret'

Elizabeth Taylor was well known for her iconic winged eye make-up, for doing it herself even on the set of Cleopatra, but if you were to ask her what her trick was she’d simply tell you and I quote, “Honey, you’ll look like hell if you don’t get a good night’s sleep.” Beauty sleep is Elizabeth Taylor’s most valued secret

Bette Davis 'Before Bed Regimen'

Bette Davis was well known for her stunning gaze, and this old Hollywood starlet relied on a few things to merit her eyes. The trick she counted on and went to most often to tackle dark circles under the eyes was a thick layer of petroleum Jelly and cucumber slices on her eyes each night before bed. We already know these two ingredients are golden keys to all of the beauty secrets so mixing them together can only bring out good results.

'Hand Lotion' Is Full Of Grace

Grace Kelly was said to repeatedly put on hand cream during make-up on the sets. When asked why she did this so often Grace replied, “Hands are where people show age first.” Hand lotion should be a repetitive thing and on you always. It keeps you smelling good and forever young.

Here are two more tips from the very mouth of the one and only, Coco Chanel -

“The best colour in the world is the one that looks best on you.”

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we must maintain ourselves out of politeness as Coco Chanel would also say. Vaseline, and oil were the biggest hints then and yet remain that today. Stay Glamourous.

What are some of your favoutite historical beauty tips?


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