Vintage Hollywood beauty secrets that you could still use today

-Aug 22, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -

vintage Hollywood beauty secrets
Beauty trends come and go but some are simply timeless. These iconic stars might have been famous 60, 70 or 80 years ago but their beauty secrets still work today.


The sophisticated beauty of the likes of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor never goes out of style. The women of the Golden Age of Hollywood didn’t achieve their flawless skin and perfectly arched eyebrows with the help of micro needling or chemical peels, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have beauty tips of their own.


Jackie Onassis


First Lady Jackie O was no stranger to style and sophistication something she continued even when she slept! Jackie often slept with a silk scarf around her head to protect her locks and it seems she was ahead of her time. Nowadays silk pillowcases are being touted as one of the must-have beauty products to protect both skin and hair as you sleep.




Twiggy’s wide eyed look helped make her one of the most sought after models of the 60s. While admits that her heavily made up eyes took a long time – and lots of layers of false eyelashes to complete – she insists a little makeup can go a long way and if you want to stay youthful cosmetics is key.

“For some women, the idea of wearing make-up fills them with fear, but it’s a good way to draw attention to your best features,” Twiggy said. “At the very least, mascara can open up the eyes and add depth to your face. As you get older, not wearing any make-up at all can leave you looking tired.”

Marilyn Monroe


Even back in 1952 Marilyn Monroe knew the importance of protein. In an interview with Pageant Magazine she detailed her morning fitness routine and revealed her rather unusual choice of breakfast. “Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing.”


Jean Harlow


The actress knew a thing or two about beauty and would have given the Kardashian contour queens a run for their money. She avoided a center parting to stop her face looking drawn and when it came to contouring she applied blush high on her cheek bones to give the illusion of a slimmer face.


Grace Kelly


Actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly was regarded as one of the most beautiful and elegant women in the world but when it came to the one beauty item she was never without it wasn’t lipstick or mascara, it was hand cream. According to beauty expert Peter Lamas, who worked with the late Princess of Monaco and other Hollywood icons. “When I asked her why, she replied, ‘A woman’s age shows on her hand much quicker than anywhere else’.

Sophia Loren


Sophia Loren learned the benefits of olive oil in a beauty regime long before it became so popular. She kept her Italian skin looking youthful by reportedly adding hefty amounts of olive oil to her baths.


Audrey Hepburn


‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ beauty Audrey Hepburn was ahead of her time with her thick eyebrows and she had a unique way of ensuring they always looked full. She reportedly used to fill them in with cocoa powder!

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