Marilyn Monroe’s exact skin care routine has been found

Marilyn Monroe’s exact skin care routine has been found

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Marilyn Monroe is the poster girl for old Hollywood glamour and easily one of the most iconic beauty figures the world has ever known. 

Unfortunately for us, the rise of the beauty Youtuber hadn’t quite hit its peak in the 50s and so Monroe never had the chance to welcome us to her channel and take us through her 12-step skincare routine. 

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However, the same as there is now a Dr. Dennis Gross taking care of the face of Zoe Kravitz, and a Dr Harold Lancer advising Victoria Beckham, there was once a Dr. Erno Laszlo seeding skin care advice to Miss Monroe.And now, the Erno Laszlo skin care brand left as his legacy,  has  partnered with the Makeup Museum, to share Monroe’s exact skincare routine from back in the day, on a perfectly preserved 61-year-old document. Found at the ‘Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America’ exhibition, the document not only outlines the products Monroe was to use, but Dr Laszlo’s advice to avoid “any kind of nuts, chocolate, olives, oysters and clams” in her diet. 
Image credit: @makeupmuseumofficialAnd guess what? Some of the products used in Monroe’s exact morning and evening regimens are still available today. So if you fancy following the steps prescribed for her dry skin, here’s the routine in full: 


Wash face and neck in warm water with the Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Soap ($58, Adore Beauty). 

bh also recommends: Pure Essense Black Diamond Deep Cleansing Facial BarClinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar, sebamed Cleansing Bar 


Rinse off and then apply the  Erno Laszlo Normaliser Shake-It Toner ($38, The Beauty Club) to the entire face (except around eyes) using a large piece of cotton which is “saturated to the dripping point.” 

You heard the man, more is more. 

bh also recommends: Simple Soothing Facial Toner, Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA


Blot off excess toner with a tissue and apply the Erno Laszlo pHelitone Eye Cream under eyes in “tiny dots”.

This exact eye cream has since been discontinued. However, the brand does have the Multi-Task Eye Gel Cream which you can pick up from Adore Beauty for $104.

bh also recommends: Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Re-Creation Eye Balm & Night Serum For Eyes, La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($315, La Mer).


Finish off by dabbing the Erno Laszlo Duo-Phase Face Powder over the entire face and neck.

This exact product has since been discontinued. 

bh also recommends: MUD Pressed Powder, Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder, BB All-In-One Pressed Powder 



Before bed, apply the Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Oil ($89,  Adore Beauty) to  the “entire face, lips and neck with a large piece of cotton saturated to the dripping point” to oil cleanse.

bh recommends these alternatives: Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Skin Therapy Facial Cleansing Oil, Malin & Goetz Facial Cleansing Oil  ($67, Mecca)



After rinsing, apply the Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Cream ($213, available at Adore Beauty).

bh also recommends: Weleda Rose Smoothing Night CreamJurlique Day Care Cream



The cream from step two is then washed off (who knew??) with a piece of cotton saturated in Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion Toner ($104, Adore Beauty) .

After drying face and neck, she was then instructed to reapply the same toner to nose and chin, allowing it to dry overnight.

bh also recommends: The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist

Main image credit: Warners Bros What do you think of Marilyn’s routine? Is it similar to yours?

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  1. Always stunning!

    Day time: wash, tone, eye cream, powder – Interesting that there was no serum or moisturiser. And, last step at night was toner. I might test that out to see how it works because my skincare routine has more steps.

  2. I have always adored Marilyn. I actually have a few books about her and loads of photos of her. She was an amazing person and far from the dumb blonde that people think she was.

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