Marilyn Monroes 1959 skincare regime was created by Erno Lazlo and is now being showcased as part of the New York Museum of Makeup’s ‘Pink Jungle’ exhibition.
Marilyn Monroe went to great lengths to ensure her skin was perfect. She enlisted Erno Lazlo, who catered to old Hollywood royalty with his groundbreaking skincare techniques. There is a written copy of Marilyn Monroe’s prescription that consists of a complicated series of solutions and potions that were created specifically for her. Most of the products from her skincare routine are still available today, including the moisturizing bar of soap, which was supposed to be rinsed with thirty splashes of water instructed by Erno Lazlo.
Marilyn Monroe’s skin care regime:
Marilyn’s morning routine began with a face cleansing using Erno Lazlo Active Phelityl Soap and warm water. After cleansing, she was instructed to apply Erno Laszlo Normalizer Shake-It. This product was a tinted mattifying toner that was relaunched in honor of the brand’s partnership with the makeup museum. Marilyn was told to shake the bottle and saturate a piece of cotton “to the dripping point” and applying it all over her face, except the delicate eye area, then blotting off immediately. For the eyes, Marilyn was to use the Erno Laszlo pHelitone Eye Cream, which has been discontinued, followed by the discontinued Duo-Phase Face Powder over her entire face and neck.
Before retiring to bed in the evening, Marilyn was instructed to apply Erno Laszlo’s Active Phelityl Oil to the skin, rinsing it off, then drying with a towel. Next, the rich Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Cream was to be applied to the entire face and washed off with a piece of cotton saturated, this time with well-shaken Erno Laszlo Controlling Lotion toner. The skin was to be again dried with a clean towel, with the Controlling Lotion reapplied only to the nose and chin areas and left to dry thoroughly overnight.