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nss G-Club Beauty Secret: once upon a time in Hollywood

The beauty hacks of the most iconic divas of the past

nss G-Club Beauty Secret: once upon a time in Hollywood The beauty hacks of the most iconic divas of the past

While we're waiting for Valentine's Day (here you can find our spicy shopping tips), today's Beauty Secret is inspired by the glamour we saw at the latest Academy Awards. After spotting so much beauty on the red carpet, we started to wonder how and why Hollywood movie stars are always so beautiful?! It’s easy to be like this in 2020, thanks to small surgery and innovative beauty treatments popping up every day, but thinking about the icons that created the Hollywood myth that we all love nowadays... how could they do that, back in the 50s-60s?

Here the beauty hacks of the most beloved divas of all times.

 

AUDREY HEPBURN

To get her famous "Bambi eyes" Audrey used a very r-rated method: after applying mascara she separated each eyelash with the help of a needle or a safety pin. To avoid splatter scenarios, like in a Tarantino movie, we recommend using this Urban Decay mascara that has a special applicator and the very ambitious name "Better than sex".

 

BETTE DAVIS

Also Bette's eyes were loved enough to the point they even got a dedicated song. Her secret to fighting dark circles under the eyes? Cucumber slices and layers of vaseline, all night long. The ancestors of our beloved eye patches
Vaseline was also loved by Greta Garbo, who was using it as a highlighter for the eyebrow arch and as a primer before applying the eyeshadow. This gave her look an ultra-glossy finish, which indeed is one of this year's beauty trends.

 

MARLENE DIETRICH

The German actress and singer was known in the business environment for her kinda "extreme" beauty hacks, such as having her molars removed to make her cheeks look even more hollow, or pulling and fixing her hair firmly to give her face a do-it-yourself lifting effect. The trick we are talking about, however, is the simplest and most innocent one: try not to put nail polish on the upper semicircle of the nails, you’ll have an original manicure that minimizes the loathed regrowth effect.

 

ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Sure is that genetics plays their part, but we bet you'd never guess how Liz got that famous porcelain skin. To get rid of the peach fuzz on her face, a struggle she faced from birth, she used to shave regularly, giving her skin a daily exfoliation and therefore a "glow" effect. 
Apparently shaving gently is becoming fashionable again for women too, but do it at your own risk... maybe it's better to opt for a good scrub

 

GRACE KELLY

Again we have another pioneer here, this time of the contouring. Before Kim Kardashian, the inimitable Grace Kelly sculpted her cheekbones simply using two different shades of blush.

 

SOPHIA LOREN

How could we ever forget about her?! The most famous Italian actress loved to use a typical product of our country for masks and home-made remedies: the olive oil, which we have already discussed here.

 

JOAN CRAWFORD

Joan teaches us a really simple and free beauty ritual: after a thorough cleansing, you just need to rinse your face 25 times with very cold water in order to have a fresh and rested look. But there's more: Crawford was also a chewing gum lover, chewing all the time to secure a sculpted jaw.

 

MARYLIN MONROE

The inimitable Marylin would deserve a separate chapter, and thanks to her makeup artist Whitey Snyder we are able to discover every detail about her beauty routine. To begin, different shades were used to create amazing effects on every part of her face. The lips, for example, were subject to a long lip contouring, using a darker shade of lip liner and a lighter one in the middle, ending with a touch of highlighter above and below the Cupid's arch. 

Snyder also used two different shades of eyeliner for the eyes: one black and one brown, blended above and below to give depth to her look. Inside the lower rhyme, instead, the makeup artist used a white eyeliner, to illuminate the look and give depth.

In the end, also in this case the blush found a new usage: it was used to define the nose applying a little bit of colour on the tip to have the optical effect of a shorter nose.