by Denise Caine
If you’re in those “terrible teens” or fast approaching them, here’s your chance to erase or avoid the problems you’re “faced” with. Judy Garland, Hollywood’s lovely young star, has offered to help our cause. We give you “A Garland for Beauty.”
THE autograph hunters were clustered so thickly around Judy Garland’s dressing-room that your beauty editor almost didn’t see her. But when I finally wormed my way through the crowd and met Judy, I realized why she’s idolized by the high school set. Judy’s a natural! She’s been in the public eye so long that she’s right at home there. She can make anyone she talks to feel perfectly at ease. Before I knew it, we were talking and laughing together like old friends.
Have you seen Judy in The Wizard of Oz? Then you know that her hair is red. It’s that way naturally—but she had to use a henna rinse to make it even redder for Technicolor. It’s a lovely color, and Judy makes up to it. The day I saw her she was wearing a chartreuse blouse that brought out its flaming red. Her lipstick and rouge (she was made up for a stage appearance) were both on the yellow red shade, her face powder peach colored, so they wouldn’t fight with her hair. She wears the same shades offstage, too, but applies them very lightly, because she and her mother are agreed that too much make-up doesn’t become a sixteen-year-old.
Judy has an advantage over most girls in their teens. She’s been around motion picture studios long enough to know that lovely hair and skin are just about as important as anything can be. So she’s always careful to remove every last bit of make-up with cold cream, then scrub her skin thoroughly with soap and water and a complexion brush before going to bed. She scrubs away with soap and water and the brush in the morning, then rinses her face two or three times with cool water. “Especially when I’ve washed my face in a hot bath,” she told me. “Otherwise the hot water would ‘steam’ my pores open—and I think there’s nothing uglier looking than large pores. Besides, they might fill up with blackheads!”
That red hair of Judy’s is permanented, too—but it looks naturally curly. That’s because she brushes it night and morning till it shines. She doesn’t give a single hair a chance to become dull and fuzzy. She has a hot olive oil treatment once a week before her shampoo, to counteract a slight tendency to dryness, and she massages her scalp nightly with her fingertips to stimulate the circulation and relax tense nerves after a hard day at the studio.
I couldn’t help admiring Judy’s charm bracelet. She makes it a point to get a new charm for every town she visits—usually one of the theatres she appears in gives her one too. Most of the bangles are books, and one (that her best beau ‘way off in England sent her) is a tiny letter. They all open up, and have real reading matter inside! Not a useless ornament, the bracelet shows off those nice smooth, wellgroomed hands of Judy’s.
“I always massage a cuticle cream on the nails at night and make it a point to push back the cuticle whenever I dry my hands,” she told me. “Then I don’t have any loose hangnails to bite off. I used to bite my nails, too, but I found a cure for that. I got a weekly manicure, and had the girl use a bright shade of polish on my nails. That made the broken and stubby nails awfully noticeable and made me ashamed of my hands. And every time I started to bite a nail that pimento red said ‘Stop.’ ” Judy has broken the bad habit so well that she wears a shell pink lacquer now (except for a glamorous evening) and rarely worries her nails.
ALL teen age girls have one problem in common—making mother realize they’re growing up, and persuading her to let them dress accordingly. Judy’s no exception. “One evening,” she told me, “I borrowed my older sister’s long slinky dress, high-heeled slippers and silk stockings to go out on a date. Mother had company when I came downstairs—so I thought I’d get by
with it. She was awfully nice about telling me how pretty I looked in front of them—but she took me aside to tell me I’d look much sweeter in my own things—so I had to change!”
Judy’s big hobby (aside from collecting charms for her bracelet) is perfume. And luckily her mother agrees with her that a young girl needn’t wait till she’s 18 in order to indulge in fragrance—just so long as she doesn’t go in for heavy oriental odors appropriate to slant-eyed sirens. Judy likes spicy scents and uses them in several forms—toilet water or cologne after her tub, perfume on her hair when she goes to a dancing party, scented bath powder before popping into a fresh nightie after the evening tub. She likes to carry a tiny flacon of perfume in her bag, so she can dab a bit more on her wrist or ear during the evening.
Judy has been lucky enough to have proper supervision of her diet and make-up during the “terrible teens” when so many less fortunate girls are running into skin troubles. I’ve gathered from your letters that many of you don’t realize that rich foods and improper cleansing methods are equally responsible for those bothersome blemishes. If you’re troubled with oily skin, blackheads, large pores and recurring pimples, why not try this method of clearing them up? Go in for fresh fruits and vegetables in a big way. Avoid fatty meats, starchy foods, pastries. Drink lots of milk and at least eight glasses of water a day. Scrub your skin three or four times daily with soap and warm water —and leave a fine film of the soap on the skin. This helps dry up the blemishes and tighten the pores. Then rinse several times with cool water. Wear a very light film of powder and rouge, and always cleanse your skin thoroughly before repowdering. A heavy layer of make-up may aggravate the skin condition. If your skin doesn’t clear up after this treatment, see your doctor.
You really ought to try a fine grade toilet soap I saw being made. It contains only the purest ingredients, so you know it can’t possibly harm your skin. The thick, creamy lather practically melts dirt and cosmetics away from the skin, leaving it clear, smooth and soft. After a face bath with this you feel as though blackheads and large pores were something someone else was bothered with—not you. And that will be pretty much the case if you’ll keep up the three-aday treatment, using a soft-bristled complexion brush to work the lather in well. The soap costs only a few pennies, of course.
CREAM your face before stepping into a hot tub or shower, if your skin is dry and sensitive. The heat makes the oils penetrate faster and further, softens the skin speedily. And use cream again during the day for a complete facial cleansing. I can recommend a super-soft cream that does an excellent job of cleansing and smoothing. A tiny bit of it makes a grand powder base and will keep your nose from shining for hours. Massage the cream lightly into the tender skin around the eyes to prevent squint lines and crow’s feet from appearing—and to help get rid of any you may have collected.
Probably the biggest problem for both fifteen and fifty year olds is choosing correct and flattering shades of make-up. Don’t let it bother your pretty head another moment. Because I’ve found a lipstick that will be perfect for you—no matter what your coloring. The manufacturer asked a famous colorist to test it on various complexion types. When the test was over, the colorist had discovered that the one lipstick had taken on 16 different shades to harmonize with as many skin tones. I think that’s pretty amazing, and pretty exciting news for all us lipstick puzzlers. The stick itself is creamy smooth—you’ll want to use it anyway to keep your lips soft and smooth.
And don’t forget, at the same time, to pick up powder and rouge. You can get the rouge in either cream or cake form, made on the same color principle, and the powder in several skin tones. One I think perfect for practically anyone is a peach shade, with just the right amount of pink in its tone. I’ve used it with great success, and tried it out on blondes, brunettes and red heads. The powder clings to your skin, yet is so light it can’t clog the pores. Price for the powder is 55 cents, for the rouge, 83 cents.
Bothered with grubby nails and rough cuticle? Why not try a new quick foaming nail shampoo? I’ll guarantee it will keep your nails looking immaculate. And more than that. It contains special reconditioning oils that soften the cuticle and help remove dead particles, and keep the nail itself shining and flexible. It can be used whether you’re wearing polish or not. The handy rubber tipped applicator is a wonder at getting stubborn dirt out from under the nails. The larger size contains a sponge rubber hand and nail scrub that you’ll want to use often to keep knuckles from getting that dingy look. In two sizes, at 35 and 60 cents.
The same manufacturer has one of the loveliest rosy pink polishes I’ve seen in a long while. It’s just the perfect shade to wear everyday to school, with fluffy evening dresses to the fall dance, or on dates. The color goes beautifully with violet, brown, green, navy or pale blue—and your boy friends will love it. The polish itself wears and wears, especially if you apply two coats of lacquer, and has a lovely soft sheen.
TRY matching your perfume with a scented cologne if you like to smell pretty. You’ll adore a spicy, romantic scent that comes in both forms. It’s light and whimsical—and yet tangy too. I think it’s a good idea to slap cologne all over your body after the morning bath—that perfumes you faintly with just enough scent to linger around you during the day. And use the perfume, too, for a more glamorous touch, when you’re going out in the evening. Dab a bit on your wrist, on your ears, a bit more on your hair. One attractive packaging of the perfume features the darlingest purse perfume container and applicator. It’s a tiny compact, with a sponge attached to the screw-on top. Before the big evening, saturate the sponge with perfume, and slip the “compact” into your bag. Touch the sponge to your skin whenever you want to renew your scent. A generous bottle of perfume and the “dabber” cost $1.75. The cologne costs about 65 cents.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking perfume will hide perspiration odor. It can’t. All the lovely scents in the world won’t disguise the fact that you’re careless about personal daintiness. And don’t think you’re too young to perspire. Everyone perspires at least a quart a day. Most of it evaporates immediately, but some of it may linger to haunt you. The best way to be sure it doesn’t, and to insure your own popularity, is to use a reliable perspiration corrective regularly. Write me if you’d like the name of a fluffy cream you can rely on to check and deodorize perspiration for about three days if you don’t perspire excessively, for about a day otherwise. It feels and looks just like a velvetypink vanishing cream, it spreads easily, and dries almost instantly. It can’t irritate the underarm skin, so you can use it immediately after shaving if you wish. You can be pretty sure you won’t be offending your chum or your best beau when vou use this cream.