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Beauty secrets of famous ladies

Discussion in 'Beauty' started by Drappa, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Drappa

    Drappa One Too Many

  2. Frenchy56

    Frenchy56 A-List Customer

  3. Interesting article. My mom taught me to separate my lashes with a pin like Audrey. You definitely need a steady hand ;)
  4. What they don't mention about dear Marlene is that according to industry legend, she was so concerned about looking 'old' towards the end of her public performance career, she used to physically pin her face back.... AFAIK, that's true. I could well be wrong, though - I'd like to be!

    (As for the Fail, eh.... It's basically not so much a newspaper, as The Sun for the middle classes.)
  5. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

    Towards the end of her career she noticed a man in the front row looking at her through binoculars and she told him to put them down because it would "ruin the illusion."
  6. cherry lips

    cherry lips Call Me a Cab

    ^She's not the only one who did that, I've heard off others who taped their skin, used rubber bands, etc. They didn't have botox back then. I've also heard that Dietrich removed her lower ribs. It's hard to know what's true though.
  7. Almost Vintage

    Almost Vintage One of the Regulars

    Interesting! I think I'm going to try the Vaseline under the eyes. No matter how much sleep I get, I always have dark circles!
  8. I agree and most those products only work half as well too.
  9. So I apparently have a large lower lip (this is relevant to the story, bear with me). Even when I was a young girl I was told (mainly by women in their 50s-70s) that many women had to pin their lip down to get my "look." And that these lower lip pinning ladies would die for my natural large lower lip, so they wouldn't have to pin.

    That brought back a memory of my grandmother and mother discussing that when I was about 12- I haven't thought about that in years. Thanks for bringing that memory back!
  10. Drappa

    Drappa One Too Many

    How does one even do that? Pin them where and how without it being obvious?
  11. I have to say, I'm curious about the same thing. Are we talking about safety pins? In your face??
  12. Ok, so I personally can think of two things that it could have been:
    1. An actual pin. If it was an actual pin, it would have to be small. I really can't imagine this, but then plenty of people do some really weird things.
    2. Or some type of cosmetic procedure similar to "pinning" ones ears back, which uses sutures. So the lip was sutured down to expose more of the surface.

    I imagine that movie stars who wanted this actually had the second done, kind of a primative plastic surgery before they had lip implants. I can picture this conversation with my grandmother, and I KNOW she listed several movie stars that had it done, but I can't pull their names up for the life of me. (My grandmother read the tabloids, and I was pretty oblivious to actresses so it is quite possible I didn't know who they were then. I mean, it was a pretty odd conversation to be having in the first place.)

    But on the other hand, I can totally see someone trying it at home with an actual pin and lots of alcohol. If you try this, I absolve all myself of personal responsibility by saying this is a bad, bad idea. :p
  13. Red Diabla

    Red Diabla One of the Regulars

    According to the biography Dietrich's daughter wrote, Dietrich would make very small braids with the fine hair next to her face and pull them up and back to pin them into place, providing a "lift" to the face. She also talked about makeup tricks Dietrich would use to make her eyes appear larger, her nose slimmer, etc.

    I think what we also sometimes forget is that there was plastic surgery back then, but it was kept VERY hush-hush. There have been threads on this forum talking about it, too!

  15. CaramelSmoothie

    CaramelSmoothie Practically Family

  16. I agree with you, apparently Sophia also attributes maintaing her famous figure by eating lots of pasta. So carbs must be good for you! Actually having lived in Italy for many years i can see the logic behind that. The italians only eat pasta and rice as a starter, and no more than a ladleful, if that. Being that carbs are an important requirement of a healthy diet in moderation, it does make sense. Bread is eaten at the table, no butter or margarine, usually to mop up sauce or juice from the main dish of meat or fish and vegetables. They don't tend to eat as many potatoes either or stodgy puddings.

    I did read somewhere though that her husband was a great jewellery giver, apparently he was in the same ballpark as Liz and Richard, so perhaps that has contributed to her retaining a bit of zest and sparkle!
  17. RodeoRose

    RodeoRose A-List Customer

    This is sort of a petty complaint, but what I can't get over is how unflattering the photos they chose are! lol
    That has to be the worst picture of Joan Crawford I've ever seen, and the Kate and Bette pictures are pretty awful too.
  18. Katue

    Katue Familiar Face

    Audey Hepburn used rub an ice cube around your eyes at night and in the morning to get smooth skin.
  19. Heather

    Heather Practically Family

    Along the same lines as Audrey, I read recently that Marilyn used to take ice water baths to make her skin taunt. Too extreme for me! Brrr!!!
  20. I agree!
    Too cold to even consider it..

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