If you're lucky enough to know a Hollywood star who's been in the business since cameras were first invented, beware! You can borrow their clothes, their cars, their cash, but don't you ever borrow any of their old Hollywood beauty tips. They're horrendous! And while some of these seem pretty standard, others will make your skin feel like it's melting out of your bones. With these controversial beauty rituals, we're surprised that these Hollywood beauties lasted as long as they did on the silver screen. So here are some extremely controversial beauty regimens from old Hollywood that will make you scream, good grief!
Audrey Hepburn did what to her eyelashes after applying mascara?
If you ever wondered how Hepburn achieved her doe-eyed look, you’ll wish you hadn’t. After applying her mascara, makeup artist Alberto de Rossi would separate her lashes one by one using a safety pin. But luckily he didn’t poke her eye out.
You thought today's youth had issues with eating disorders, but Clara Bow was patient zero.
She not only restricted her diet to 500 calories a day, but also rolled around the ground wearing tight clothes to shed the pounds. This was apparently an attempt by Bow to maintain her contractual obligations of staying at 118 pounds.
Marlene Dietrich was golden… as in, she wanted real gold dust sprinkled on her wigs.
Dietrich demanded that compressed gold, costing $60 per ounce, be sprinkled on her wigs so that she would sparkle onscreen according to the book “Max Factor: The Man Who Changed The Faces of the World.”
Wild West legend John Wayne's hair looked fabulous, but it wasn't his hair we were seeing.
He had three wigs, according to “Max Factor: The Man Who Changed The Faces of the World.” He wore the shortest wig for four days, and then switched it for the medium length one. Then after a couple of days, he’d switch it for the longer wig to make it look like he had natural hair.
Silk stocking around their heads was better than a facelift, according to old Hollywood.
The trick was to tie the shin with an old silk stocking, fastened at the top of the head, locking the face to prevent the muscles from sagging and then laying on our back. According to actress Mildred Hollan, everyone thought that their faces would take on the shape of that mold, but obviously it didn’t.