The Makeup Museum announces that it is unveiling key artifacts from its debut Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America exhibition. The Makeup Museum was slated to open this month at 94 Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, but the opening is on hold due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
While waiting to welcome visitors on-site, the Makeup Museum is pulling back the curtain on its treasure trove of beauty artifacts and providing access to the world’s top cosmetics historians. These beauty artifacts and expert interviews will be published across social media platforms including Instagram (@MakeupMuseumOfficial), Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and TikTok to engage the beauty-loving community with rich historical elements of the 1950s decade.
The collection reveals started with an unveiling of Marilyn Monroe’s original skincare prescription from 1959 in partnership with Erno Laszlo, which has also re-launched the brand’s iconic Shake-It, a tinted toner treatment with the same clean formula that was a favorite of beauty icons like Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo.
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One of the many unique items on display at the Makeup Museum’s “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America” exhibition is a collection of artifacts presented to the public for the first time ever from @ernolaszlonyc, including the personalized skincare prescription of Marilyn Monroe dated March 17, 1959. Erno Laszlo’s chief historian and branding officer Patricia Schuffenhauer shows here one of the products prescribed to Marilyn Monroe, the “Normalizer Shake-It,” a tinted toner treatment. Erno Laszlo decided to re-launch the Shake-It this month to celebrate the expected opening of the Makeup Museum. Shake-It is available on Erno Laszlo’s website, and the Makeup Museum will share more history about this iconic product and brand throughout the month as we give you a sneak peek look at the artifacts that comprise the “Pink Jungle” exhibition!
The Limited Edition packaging is inspired by its original look and feel, including a custom red wax seal that represents Dr. Laszlo’s “The Angel of Beauty.” The Makeup Museum will also release imagery from its galleries focused on 1950s advertising and media, 1950s entrepreneurs (such as Charles Revson, Helena Rubinstein, Estee Lauder, and Elizabeth Arden), and rare collectibles such as Salvador Dali’s Bird in Hand compact.
Makeup Museum is also hosting Instagram Live interviews with prominent makeup historians at Noon Eastern Time with Madeleine Marsh (Author of Compacts & Cosmetics) on Wednesday, May 6, Louise Young (Author of Timeless) on Thursday, May 7, and Gabriela Hernandez (Author of Classic Beauty) on Friday, May 8.
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The first gallery of “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America” at the Makeup Museum features hundreds of 1950s advertisements and press clippings focused on the imagery of the decade. While visitors cannot yet experience the gallery in-person, this week we are exploring the cultural landscape of the 1950s by bringing some of the world’s most prominent makeup historians directly to you online to discuss this era in makeup history. Join us on Instagram Live at Noon Eastern Time for in-depth interviews with @marshmadeleine (Wednesday), @lymakeupartist (Thursday), and @besamegirl (Friday).
The Makeup Museum continues to educate, inspire, and celebrate beauty with its unique community of makeup lovers around the globe. The Makeup Museum will soon announce the release of its much-anticipated mobile applications (on iOS and Android), which include augmented reality features that bring beauty artifacts from Makeup Museum exhibitions directly into the homes of beauty lovers.
With a combined 40+ years of experience in the beauty industry, Makeup Museum co-founders Doreen Bloch, Caitlin Collins, and Rachel Goodwin came together with one powerful idea: to build a permanent institution that explores all aspects of beauty history and its impact on society and culture. Founding sponsors of the Makeup Museum’s debut exhibition include trailblazing companies that were instrumental in shaping and defining beauty in the 1950’s such as Nordstrom, Erno Laszlo, Alcone Company, Givaudan, and CONAIR.