The first part details Joan Crawford's nighttime beauty regimen. I hope you enjoy it! (I'm now officially on the hunt for a marcel cap!)
You don't need me to tell you that you shouldn't go to bed at night with your make-up on, but just a dash of cold cream hastily rubbed off with a towel won't do the job. I'm going to tell you exactly how Joan Crawford prepares for bed and manages - miracles, miracles! - to look attractive when the job is all done. Some of the most beautiful girls look like orphaned slaveys when they're ready for bed. But not Joan.
She takes off the make-up with some good cream or remover, using a soft tissue. But she doesn't stop there. She uses an astringent after that - to get all the cream out of the pores - and follows with a good washing with soap and warm water, and cold water plentifully dashed on to remove the soap entirely. This leaves her face pink and glowing and not greasy from the cream (face builders she uses during the day).
When she's working on a picture her hair is finger-waved every night, but even it if isn't, she wears a marcel cap to preserve her wave. This is drawn tightly over her head. (Incidentally, Dorothy Joran wears a regular baby cap not only for her hair but to keep her ears tight to her head.) A marcel cap is not a ravishingly beautiful head-gear, so Joan wraps a soft, colorful scarf about her head over the cap and knots it just above her forehead so that it won't be uncomfortable. This also holds the hair more tightly in place.
She wears pajamas in winter, gowns in summer, and uses a fresh one every night. Her face radiant from the cold water, her head wrapped in the bright scarf - she is almost lovelier when she's ready for bed than when she's fully dressed and made up.
- Photoplay, December 1931