15 Old Hollywood Beauty Secrets We Should All Take Note Of

Longevity in Hollywood is a rare thing. It's an industry built on youth, constantly searching for the next biggest and brightest star. If you want to stick around — you better learn how to look young.

As it turns out, some of the best and most iconic actresses of all time were doing plenty of things that were ahead of their time. Have a look and check out these 15 old Hollywood beauty secrets that we should all take note of.

Grace Kelly had blush down to a science.

As hard as it may be to believe, Kim Kardashian didn't invent the concept of contouring. Grace Kelly used to do it all the time in order to help define her cheekbones.

Marlene Dietrich wasn't messing around when it came to her cheekbones.

Marlene had plenty of tricks but she was most famous for having her back molars removed in order to further accentuate her cheekbones when she smiled. She would also use clear tape, making it appear as if she'd had a facelift.

Rita Moreno says that exfoliation is the key to battling acne.

Early on in her career, Rita struggled with breakouts. Her doctors suggested an incredibly harsh skincare regimen which included ultra-violet light and chemical peels. Instead, Rita would scrub her face vigorously with a stiff-bristled brush.

Carole Lumbard had a trick for straightening her nose.

Carole was in a car accident that caused her nose to become slightly curved. She used to draw a white line down her nose before applying her makeup, which she believed created the illusion that it was in fact straight.

All you need in order to replicate Greta Garbo's eyes is a container of petroleum jelly.

Greta used to place a thin layer of jelly underneath each eye and then follow it up with a coating of dark eye shadow. The renowned star also lined her eyes with jelly and charcoal powder.

Mae West used to say you should never underestimate the power of coconut oil.

Throughout Mae's acting career and beyond, she was utterly obsessed with coconut oil. She'd apply some each and every day and credits the miracle elixir for giving her a youthful glow.

Vivian Leigh has a lip-plumping method that's all her own.

For most of her adult life, Vivian was always self-conscious about what she believed to be a thin bottom lip. To combat this, she used to draw outside her natural lip with liner, making it appear plumper than it was.

Audrey Hepburn's eyelashes required a lot of patience and time.

In order to achieve Audrey's signature Bambi-eyed look, she used to have her makeup artist individually separate each one of her eyelashes — one by one with a pin.

No one had lips quite like Dorothy Dandridge.

That's because Dorothy mixed her own shade of lipstick that was all her own! By combining a traditional red with a hue of orange, Dorothy was able to create her iconic coral color.

Cat eyes were Emma Mae Wong's specialty.

At the time, the smoky-eyed look was all the rage. In order to set herself apart from the pack, Emma adopted a classic cat-eye look all her own. She did this by applying a layer of eyeliner on her bottom lid and smudging it.

The secret to Gloria Swanson's skincare routine is raw vegetables.

During an interview with Weekly World News, Gloria said "I apply them on my face and make sure I eat them regularly. As far as I'm concerned, there is no beauty product better than raw vegetables."

Elizabeth Taylor's face was as smooth as a baby's bottom.

That's because she used to shave the fine little baby hairs on her face with a straight razor. Supposedly, this gives an extra level of facial-like glow to the skin.

Even Ingrid Bergman wasn't above beauty tricks and technique.

Ingrid was most famously known for her natural look. She did, however, shave about a centimeter off of her hairline, in order to make her forehead appear bigger.

Why someone would want to do this, I have no idea.

Who wouldn't want waves like Rita Hayworth?

Every single time that Rita used to wash her hair, she'd also apply a thin layer of oil. Afterward, she'd wrap it in a towel and then after 15 minutes would rinse it out with hot water and lemon juice.

Marilyn Monroe's plump lips were carefully crafted.

The iconic actress used to get her makeup artist to apply a minimum of five shades of lipstick and lipgloss. Dark colors went on the corners and lighter tones were brushed in the middle to create the illusion of fullness.