For many people, screen legend Marilyn Monroe epitomizes feminine beauty. Although she was naturally beautiful and vivacious, her natural beauty was accentuated by some cosmetic practices that the icon swore by. But what are these practices and can the average woman adapt them to her own beauty regimen? Here are some makeup tips from the screen goddess herself.
- Never skip sunscreen: The practice of applying sunscreen – which seems obvious to us now – was something that Monroe was passionate about. In fact, Monroe once said, “Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more attractive . . . or any healthier, for that matter.
- Mix and match lip color: Monroe mixed several different shades of lipstick to create her pouty looks. She used darker shades for the outside of her lips and lighter shades on the inside areas.
- Keep your skin hydrated: Hydration is everything when it comes to creating healthy, glowing skin. Monroe believed firmly that proper hydration keeps the skin supple and radiant. She commonly used moisturizers, olive oil, and lanolin products. We have special a hydrating face moisturizer formula that was not available to Monroe and her contemporaries but she instinctively knew what was necessary for maintaining healthy skin.
- Exercise: Monroe often worked out early in the morning and believed that by not putting it off until later in the day, you would be much more motivated to stick to a routine. By day’s end, she reasoned, you would have less energy. Modern day doctors have found a correlation between exercise and healthy skin. Exercise helps increase the flow of blood flow to skin cells. This blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the skin and entire body.
- Cherish Your Beauty Sleep: “On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, I sometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness,” she once said. Scientists have found that a proper night’s sleep helps the skin in many ways. One of these ways is that it gives the body time to rebalance its skin hydration levels. Not getting enough sleep can lead to puffy bags under the eyes, dryness, wrinkles, etc.
Yes, Monroe’s application of these and other techniques helped make her a symbol of beauty that is envied by many women to this day. And though today we know more about the science of keeping skin healthy – such as using a hydrating cream for the face – Monroe intuited many beauty secrets that still apply decades later.