MARILYN MONROE - We reveal how YOU can get the looks of a Hollywood great

MARILYN MONROE - We reveal how YOU can get the looks of a Hollywood great - MARILYN MONROE -Famed for her Hollywood glow, Marilyn used an odd technique to maintain it — hormone cream.

She layered Active pHelityl Cream, a topical natural hormone replacement, and a powder foundation on top of each other to create a radiant base that shimmered on camera. The downside was that she grew a fine layer of peachy-blonde hair over her face, which she was encouraged to shave off but refused.

GET THE LOOK: Mix a pearlescent primer with a liquid or cream foundation. We recommend Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £29.


She pioneered the baby-doll look with a slick of liquid kohl eyeliner and a super-fine layer of mascara on the upper lashes. Rumour has it that she got her lashes so plush and natural-looking by painstakingly separating them with a pin after applying each layer of mascara.

GET THE LOOK: There’s no need to spend hours splitting lashes (or risking your eyesight!) — Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99, has an applicator that allows you to build coverage gradually.

Marilyn Monroe

Audrey Hepburn

Hollywood glamour: From left: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich


The German actress took nature into her own hands with her perfectly shaped brows — a look she achieved by shaving off her eyebrows and drawing them on with a kohl pencil. She never used mascara on her lower lashes, as she believed it cast a shadow and made her look tired.

GET THE LOOK: Defining the brow is a great way to accentuate the natural shape of the face. In lieu of shaving, try filling yours in with Benefit’s Brow Zing, £22.50.

The secret to her perfect complexion was Madame Lubatti, a legendary skincare doyenne who hand-mixed scented lotions and aromatic oils to treat English royalty and society ladies.

GET THE LOOK: Treat your skin to an aromatic facial. Run a clean flannel under the hot tap, apply two drops of naturally antiseptic lavender oil and place over your face to steam. Blast with cold water, pat dry, and massage a light facial oil into the skin such as Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil, £14.



Joan Crawford
Beauty secrets: From left, Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford


The American actress chewed gum in the belief it firmed up her jaw and helped drain the toxins out from under her chin. She also splashed her face 25 times with ice cold water after every wash.

GET THE LOOK: Try blasting your body with cold water after a warm shower to shrink pores. To aid a taut jawline, apply moisturiser with upward strokes.


Marilyn Monroe's first husband, Jim Dougherty, revealed she rinsed her face 15 times after washing

Her famous eye make-up was a fine art; she applied a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the lids, covered with neutral skin-toned powder, and blended a dark shade into the crease for a theatrical, deep-set appearance. She’d also line the upper lid with eyeliner made from a blend of petroleum and charcoal pigment.

GET THE LOOK: Using petroleum jelly and neutral powder still works, but to avoid eyeliner running, go for a primer such as Benefit Lemon Aid, £16.85, instead.


To keep her complexion in top condition, she exfoliated regularly. She massaged a mixture of sugar, warm water and lemon juice into the skin and followed up with a splash of ice-cold water.

GET THE LOOK: If you don’t feel like raiding the kitchen cupboard, try a natural exfoliater such as Origins Modern Friction, £28.60.

Katharine Hepburn


Timeless style: From left, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth


Her eyes were legendary. How did she keep them that way? Simple — cucumbers on the eyelids every evening before bed and a layer of petroleum jelly under the eye at night to protect against puffiness and dark circles.

GET THE LOOK: The delicate under-eye area is easily damaged. To protect against it, try Garnier Ultralift Firming Eye Cream, £6.90.

She kept her signature auburn locks lustrous by shampooing her hair with hot water, rinsing, then saturating with oil and wrapping it in a towel for 15 minutes. She rinsed with hot water, a cleanser and lemon juice to get rid of any residue.

GET THE LOOK: While olive and almond oil both work well as a nourishing deep treatment, our favourite mess-free product is Moroccanoil, £29.85.

Grace Kelly

Jean Harlow

Get their look: From left, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow and Sophia Loren


Her classic beauty came courtesy of a make-up trick. She created the illusion of high cheekbones by using two shades of blusher — a lighter tone over the bone and a darker shade in the hollows.

GET THE LOOK: Try Bobbi Brown’s Rose Shimmer Brick, £30.50.


The ‘blonde bombshell’ phrase originated with this platinum-haired Thirties starlet. She lightened her hair with a potent mixture of peroxide, ammonia and Lux Flakes (an old-fashioned washing powder).

GET THE LOOK: Keep your dyed blonde hair in great condition using Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat Cream, £17.25, twice a week.


The Italian screen siren used olive oil to stay beautiful. She included at least two tablespoons of oil in her food every day, rubbed a small amount into her face and added a few capfuls to a hot bath for a nourishing skin soak.

GET THE LOOK: Olive oil is a great natural moisturiser, but if you want the results without the mess, try applying Palmers Olive Butter Cream Oil, £3.77, to your body after showering. ( )

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