Beauty secrets and tips from Hollywood starlets #3

It's that time again! I finally have a couple of free days. It's still early in the morning, boyfriend is still sleeping, as is the cat. So I grabbed myself a cup of coffee and decided to write part 3.

Here you can find Part 1 & Part two for if you have missed those.

Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr has been named the most beautiful woman in films. And one doesn't disagree.
Hedy Lamarr was, beside being very beautiful, also very gifted with an inventors brain! She namely invented frequency hopping and sped spectrum radio. That means that we have to be thankful to Hedy as she made it possible that we have Wi-Fi, cellphones and Bluetooth!

Hedy Lamarr didn't give much about beauty. According to her any girl can be glamorous. Just stand still and look stupid. However, she does says "All a woman needs, is a good bath, clean clothes and for her hair to be combed".

Irene Dunne
Irene won many roles for Motion Pictures as she had the ability to look from 18 to 70 years old in pictures.
Irene's tips for looking young are first of all: Think beautifully. Drink plenty of water and get excersise. She drinks a lot of her "own medicine" water. She feels that both do much good for her complexion.

Irene uses a powder foundation, lipstick, a gray-blue eyeshadow and darkbrown mascara for eye highlight. She also does an eye wash to keep her eyes bright and shiney. She deeply massages olive oil in her hair before every shampoo to keep that healthful sheen in her brunette hair. To keep her figure as slim, she takes very little sugar or starches.

Claire Trevor
The beauty secret of Claire Trevor says "Water within and without". A dip in a pool or ocean is a daily routine for Claire. Her pet beauty secret is, as you've guessed, water. Claire drinks 8 to 10 glasses of water and ofcourse takes a bath daily.

Relaxation is another beauty secret of her. She endeavors to relax completely and then a warm bath.
When she has been dancing, she rubs her feet with witch-hazel. Before bathing, she cleanses her face and neck thoroughly with cold cream.

Another beauty secret Claire believes in, are early-to-bed routines and whenever possible: fresh air. Another of her beauty secrets are plenty of sun, fruits, fresh vegetables and a good healthy outlook on life.
Claire never leaves cream on for too long. The skin, she feels, should be able to breathe and function normally.

Once a week she pats ordinairy sweet milk or cream on her face and leaves it overnight. It acts as a combination softener, skinfood and bleach. Also once a week she alternates with an old-fashioned egg-white facial which she recommends before an important engagement. It leaves the skin clean, closes the pores, and stimulates the circulation. Her usual nightly routine consists of thorough cleaning with cream, followed with skin freshener and then nourishing cream. This is left on for 10 minutes and then the surplus is removed with soft tissue. In the morning she cleanses with cream again, followed by skin refresher and finally a bit of her favorite handlotion used on her face and neck that acts as powder base. She wipes off the surplus and applies powder.

Dorothy Dell
Her beauty secrets were: eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Also drink plenty of milk, she says, and go easy on pastries and candy.
Another tip of her is: take plenty of excersise, like swimming and dancing.
Avoid late hours and and make sure you'll get alot of sleep.
Dorothy also advises to stay away from cigarettes and alcohol.

Nancy Carroll
Nancy Carroll's beauty secret is rather simple and sane.
"Live healthy, regulated life with plenty of outdoor activity. That will assure eight hours of peaceful beautifying slumber. Arrange for mealtimes at the same hours and do not overeat or overdiët."
Rich desserts are taboo for Nancy, and she eats mostly vegetables and salads. She likes alot of fresh air and sunshine. Nancy Carroll does not choose a rouge that matches the lipstick, but a rouge that matches her hair!

Nancy shampood her hair once a week. But, the night before she applies warm olive oil in her hair and massages it into the scalp briskly and covering her head with an oil skin shower hood. She lets the oil seep in at night.

Binnie Barnes
Also Binnie Barnes is a huge fan of the sun and takes sunbaths whenever the sun shines.
(N.B: sunbathing was not as damaging as it is now, as the ozone has become thinner these days)
To keep her skin fresh, she scrubs her face with a round, short bristled complexion brush and milkweed soap. A little bit of coldcream is also part of her routine, but she emphasizes the soap and water scrubbing.
She doesn't drink anything more potent than tea and she does keep early hours. In the daytime Binnie uses very little make up and never uses rouge. She does only use natural nailpolish as she has difficulties with finding a red or pink shade that does not fight with her red hair. Every night before she tolerates the sandman, Binnie rubs some castor oil into her lashes.

Rosalind Russell

"Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic."

Veronica Lake
The tiny (4'11) Veronica Lake was such an inspiration for many women in the 1940s due to her peek-a-boo hairstyle.Her hair was thát popular that the US government even asked her to pin back her hair, as female factory workers got their hair stuck in machinery.

According to Veronica herself, she was the cleanest obits of any actress as she had never done cheesecake, but just used her hair. Veronica was also the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit.

Veronica's tip?
Just keep doing what your doing. At some point it will come back in style.

Shirley Temple
As an energy builder, Shirley Temple drank alot of orange juice combined with milk, raw eggs,  honey and wheat germ. She usually has salads for lunch. To stay slim, she loves to bicycle and ride a great deal. She also golfs and swims. As for her skin, Shirley admitted that she is only a water and soap girl.

Esther Williams
Esther Williams ... Hollywoods finest mermaid. She sadly passed away this week on the age of 91.
Esther Williams grew old beautifully, so let's find out what her beauty secrets where.

Esther was an athlete with great respect for her body. And she always believed that when you take care of your body, your body takes care of you. Esther swam a quarter of a mile every morning before breakfast.
Her slogan for her meals were: Vitality with taste! Esther never over ate. She always consumed small portions. Esther was all for making yourself as attractive as you can. Esther's tip: especially rouge should look natural. If you don't know how to blend it well; it's better to use none at all. Esther herself used a pale shade that gives just a suggestion of a healthy glow.

Constance Bennett
Constance used a cold cream for clearance of the face. She then applies a 'stimulant' cream. Constance claimed that providing stimulation was the foundation of her beauty. She then applied a facial mask for circulation, left on while having a bath or breakfast. The next she applied was a 'glow base'. Then some rouge and then some light application of powder and at last a lipstick.

Anita Page
To keep her eyes pretty, Anita Page's routine was first to drop some eye drops into her eyes to make them sparkle. She then wiped off the excess of liquid with bits of cotton. She then curled her lashes with a lash curler and then applied mascara with a fine brush and took special care to darken the tips of the lashes, as these are usually lighter than the rest of the eyelashes. This will make lashes appear much longer. She then massaged some cream into her eyebrows to soften the skin and make it easier for tweezing.

Joan Bennett
To increase bust measurement, Joan placed the palms of her hands together, holding elbows out. She spread her fingers apart and pushed them firmly together and repeated this 20 times.

Joan's tips on finding a man, she said that glamour girls are usually the most lonely girls. According to her, a man likes to look at a pretty face but far from falling for it. Joan says that you can attract a man by being a woman as good-looking as her native equipment plus reasonable care and upkeep will allow, as gentle and kind as women are meant to be, as concerned as he is with the world you live in.

Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner, the woman Frank Sinatra was obsessively in love with, has little beauty secrets! She was just a water and soap girl! She used water and soap before going to bed, and cold water in the morning!

Yes! A part 4 is on it's way!


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  4. What was Irene Dunne's "own medicine" water? Was there an article in which she spoke about this?

  5. What was Irene Dunne's "own medicine" water? Is there an article where she mentions this? Where did you hear about it?

    1. It was in a newspaper article of the 1940s. What exactly it was it doesn't mention.

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