Marilyn Monroe’s star energy has carried on in the many years since her dying — and so have a few of the magnificence merchandise in her personalised routine.
As a part of the artifacts displayed in the “Pink Jungle: 1950s Make-up in America” exhibit, the Make-up Museum has revealed the actress’ prescription skincare routine, and two of the merchandise in it are nonetheless available on the market all these years later.
In a document dated March 17, 1959, and addressed to Mrs. Marilyn Monroe Miller (she was married to playwright Arthur Miller on the time), dermatologist Erno Laszlo of the eponymous magnificence firm wrote out detailed skincare directions for each step of the day.
Within the morning, Monroe was to clean her face and neck in heat water with Energetic Phelityl Cleaning soap earlier than making use of “well-shaken” Normalizer Shake-It on her face, avoiding the realm round her eyes, earlier than instantly blotting it off. Beneath her eyes, she was to use Phelitone “in tiny dots, spreading it gently over the floor” after which blotting it off as nicely. For the ultimate step, she was instructed to use Duo-Section Face Powder to her total face and neck — after which brush it off with cotton after one minute.
Within the evenings, she was to repeat the morning routine, after which “earlier than retiring,” a separate routine was laid out. “Formal events” additionally merited their very own distinctive routine.
“He personalised each prescription for all of his purchasers, and Marilyn Monroe was on the drier facet, so you possibly can see as we stroll by the prescription that the entire merchandise had been to assist hydrate her pores and skin,” says Patricia Schuffenhauer, Erno Laszlo’s chief historian and branding officer, in a video posted by the West Village museum.
Greater than 61 years after Laszlo prescribed the merchandise to Monroe, the Shake-It Tinted Therapy and the Phelityl Cleaning Bar are nonetheless obtainable for buy at present.
The routine additionally consists of dietary directions, specifically to not eat any form of nuts, chocolate, olives, oysters or clams.
Along with her prescription, Monroe additionally reportedly handled her pores and skin with tons of Vaseline and lengthy baths.
“Marilyn Monroe had essentially the most luminous pores and skin I ever noticed,” Oscar-nominated grande dame Renée Taylor mentioned in November. “She got here into class with Lee Strasberg sooner or later, and I simply needed to ask what she did. Marilyn instructed me, ‘I rub my total physique down with Vaseline after which get right into a three-hour scorching tub each morning. It provides my pores and skin a shiny glow.’ So I attempted that. I virtually drowned.”