This is the nineteenth installment of the monthly classic actress beauty tips that I have read about and tested.
During the holiday season, glitter and sparkle seems to be all the rage. Garland, holiday dresses, sequined shoes. Well why not add some shine to your hair?
As I’ve highlighted in a prior tip, Marlene Dietrich is well known for her eyes. Another noteable feature is her shining, golden hair.
According to the book Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World, Max Factor would sprinkle real gold dust over Marlene’s golden locks and wigs to add extra shine and sparkle.
Since I don’t see myself stumbling over gold dust, I decided to buy the next best thing- lose gold powder.
I know it exists, but I was about to give up hope at Wal-Mart when I came across some. It’s made by Hard Candy and is called “Show Girl loose glitter” with the name of “Vegas Baby.” It was a very funny name, but it served it’s purpose.
“Vegas Baby” had a tiny little brush that you use to apply, but that took too long on my hair. I ended up turning it over and sprinkling it like a salt shaker.
I’m not sure what real gold dust looks like in hair, but the loose glitter showed up just fine.
To review: The glitter showed up and added some extra shine to my hair, but I’m not sure if I would wear it to the grocery store or to work. It might be something to add to an evening look or for a holiday party.
Stay tuned for January’s beauty tip!
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I always enjoy your ‘classic actress beauty tips’…the one thing Marlene had going for her that no one else in her day had (there were so many ungodly gorgeous women in Hollywood – including Dietrich) was Josef von Sternberg. She has always said that he knew everything there was to know about lighting and that he knew the camera better than anyone in Hollywood. Would that I had someone like JvS following me around with lights and a camera to show me at my very best advantage…
Thanks 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy them.
I sure wish I had a Josef Von Sternberg following me around as well! I was looking for photos to go along with this post and also just recently watched her in Shanghai Express. Marlene looked so stunning!
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