It’s no surprise that the glitz and glamour of Hollywood often dress the stars in an incredible style. Not only does the movie business employee legions of talented makeup artists and hairstylists, but it also often sees the talent themselves play and experiment with different approaches to hairdressing or makeup.
Of course, some of these are either too costly for anyone to try (such as Marlene Dietrich using real golddust in her wigs to give them a true sparkle on camera) or wouldn’t be recommended by physicians (just like Fannie Ward’s insistence on hanging upside down for half an hour every day to continuously look young) but many Hollywood tips from across the decades can still provide you with some seriously stylish looks.
Kohl Makeup explores their favourite tips, spoken from the luscious lips of some of Hollywood’s finest.
1. Experiment with Different Lipsticks & Glosses
Gene London, known as a Marilyn Monroe expert, often stated that the infamous beauty
idol tried mixing and matching up to five different lipsticks and glosses to create the perfect shade of red. She’d often contour her lips using different shades, utilising darker reds on the outer corners and lighter shades closer to the middle of her lips. This shading effect could also work wonders for you!
2. Minty Fresh Makeover
Noone likes having bags under their eyes, and they can seem like adding insult to injury if they appear after a bad night’s sleep. This is why the great Italian icon, Sophia Loren, would always advocate and encourage crushing mint leaves into a paste and applying it underneath her eyes. This natural alternative to the likes of expensive eye creams was certainly effective, if her look is to be believed, and will easily serve as a cheaper option compared to many face creams on the market!
3. Frame the Face
Many people often forget that Jeremy Renner, best known as Marvel’s Hawkeye, used to be a makeup artist, and so he has often provided wise words during interviews for great looks. His best tip? “Brows. Lashes. Lips. Frame the face, it’s simple; it’s five minutes.” Simple indeed; by focusing on these three areas you can cut down on time applying makeup in general and making the most of your natural beauty.
4. Beauty is in the Eye(Lashes) of the Beholder
Few gazes have stood the test of time as well as the legendary beauty, Audrey Hepburn, and this tip was one of the reasons why her eyes always seemed so vivid and attention-grabbing. After applying mascara she would, one by one, separate her lashes by using a thin needle. This might be a little daunting, having a needle so close to your eye, so utilising an eye comb can work just as well.
5. Cheekbones? Who Needs Them with Blushes
Many people are blessed with beautiful cheekbones, but other than opting for risky elective surgery it’s easy to simply create the illusion of depth with some simple makeup tools; blush. Grace Kelly, well known for being the alluring leads in Hitchcox films, would frequently blend two different shades of blush to create a multi-layered look that, as well as being easier than applying multiple shades of foundation, really gave her a classic cheekbone look.
6. Glossy Eyes with Simply Jelly
Glossy eyelids have been the rage for almost a century, yet Greta Garbo, one of the black & white pictures’ favourite beauties, had a trick that could create an alluring look every single time. Her trick? Simply using petroleum jelly. By dabbing this on before dusting on her eyeshadow, Garbo could become the very definition of sultry & seductive.
7. Water, Water, Everywhere
Finally, we have an exceptionally simple tip for keeping complexion looking refreshing, firm and beautiful. Joan Crawford, the iconic star of stage & screen, insisted that simply splashing her face 25 times with cold water would be one of the greatest methods she had for keeping a youthful look.