Ahh, those classic Hollywood beauties of stage and screen – so-ooo gorgeous! But it wasn't TOTALLY natural, you know. Just like the rest of us, they had to work at it. And they couldn't just nip down to Superdrug for the latest super-duper-intense-curling-thickening-glistening mascara... Though you might just pick up the odd tip here, we wouldn't recommend you try them ALL at home.
1. Marlene Dietrich
Pop to your dentist to have your molars removed and really make those cheekbones zing. Then hit the pharmacy for some surgical tape – works wonders as a temporary facelift!
2. Audrey Hepburn
After applying mascara, carefully (yes, very VERY carefully!) use a dressmaking pin to separate the lashes for that perfect doe-eyed look. (Ow!)
3. Rita Hayworth
Fancy stunning, long, wavy locks? Apply olive oil after every wash, wrap in a towel, then rinse out with hot water and lemon juice. Yeah, we know, you’ll ruin your towels and have nothing to put in your G&T…
4. Greta Garbo
Get the ultimate in theatrical eyes, dahling..! Simply slick petroleum jelly mixed with freshly-ground charcoal on your eyelids… (Or buy a new eyeliner for a couple of quid.)
5. Jean Harlow
For that baby-blonde look, she lightened her hair with a potent mixture of peroxide, ammonia and washing powder… Eat ya heart out, Toni & Guy!
6. Joan Crawford
Swore by chewing gum to firm up her jaw and (allegedly) draw out toxins from under her chin – hey, all this and fresh breath, too!
7. Sophia Loren
Splash some olive oil in the tub next time you have a hot bath, for silky-smooth skin. (Knowing our luck, we’ll slip and end up in A&E with bruises in less than glamorous places…)
8. Marilyn Monroe
Norma-Jean insisted her make-up artist apply no less than five different shades of lippy to give her smackers a super-sexy pout… Imagine trying that in the Ladies of the Dog & Duck after a couple of Babychams…
9. Mae West
Three words: Regular…colonic…irrigations. Pass!
But the final words must go to…
10. Coco Chanel
‘I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.’