Marilyn Monroe’s Exact Skincare Regimen Has Been Revealed

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Aside from her golden curls and enduring roles, Marilyn Monroe’s crimson pout and flawless skin throughout the 1950s grew to symbolize both the iconic actress and the Golden Age of Hollywood itself. Since the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star ruled the screen before the era of Youtube tutorials and vampire facials, the secrets behind her glowing complexion have long remained a mystery—until now. Nearly 60 years after her death, Monroe’s exact skincare regimen from 1959 has been uncovered.

The meticulous instructions were recently released by the Makeup Museum, which is in possession of a number of cosmetic artifacts belonging to Old Hollywood stars. Prescribed by dermatologist-to-the-stars Dr. Erno Laszlo, Monroe’s regimen was specifically crafted for her dry skin. It covered the actress’ morning, evening (before “retiring” to bed), and formal occasion routines. Laszlo was known for his holistic, all-encompassing approach to his clients’ skincare, so Monroe’s prescription concludes with an advisory against eating nuts, chocolate, olives, oysters, or clams.

After cleansing with warm water, Monroe soaked her face with the Normalizer Shake-It, Laszlo’s own tinted mattifying toner. After blotting off any excess toner, Monroe followed up with a delicate eye cream and face powder across her entire face and neck. The actress’ nighttime routine was more elaborate and tailored to her skin type—after an oil and cream double cleanse, Monroe revisited her toner-soaked cotton ball before applying a deep hydrating lotion only to her nose and chin. For special occasions, the starlet was instructed to apply eye cream over her entire face, neck, and any exposed chest before finishing with her face powder.

Unsurprisingly, the products prescribed to Monroe came straight from Erno Laszlo’s own skincare line. Although most of them were eventually discontinued, the Erno Laszlo brand re-launched its famed Shake-It toner this month in tandem with the Makeup Museum’s New York City debut.

The detailed prescription was set to be unveiled at the Makeup Museum’s grand opening on May 1, but the event was delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although you can’t see its cosmetic relics in-person, the museum continues to reveal never-before-seen artifacts from its Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America exhibition via Instagram.

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