Margo (Bette Davis) and Karen (Celeste Holm) are at the Stork Club in New York with their partners. Two boxes of Le Galion Sortilège can be seen on their table. This choice is extremely accurate because the French fragrance, created in 1937 by Paul Vacher, really was the trademark perfume of the NY nightclub.
The boxes are unfortunately left unopened, so we cannot see its content, but this would be it – the beautiful fluted bottle the perfume had in its original version.
But the perfume bottles are not the only Sortilège presence on Margo’s table.
There’s a cute scented gadget – a stork-shaped perfume holder.
Besides the cameo in the Mankiewicz film, many are the stars who went to the Stork Club and were photographed with a box of this perfume on their tables. How glamourous!
Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) is performing on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and is putting her lipstick on. See the square-edged stick? It’s a Besame Cosmetics lipstick again.
This is the real Davis in the lipstick scene from the film by Robert Aldrich.
There’s a pink can of Aquanet hair spray on Bette Davis’ dressing table.
There are two cans of Rayette Aquanet hairspray on Bette Davis’ dressing table, along with a box of Coty Air Spun loose face powder.
Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) is getting ready for the Oscars 1963. On her dressing table two Bésame Cosmetics products can be seen: a face powder brush and a pot of cream rouge.
The red lipstick she puts on is by Bésame, too.
Backstage at the Oscars 1963, Olivia de Havilland (Catherine Zeta-Jones) retouches Bette Davis’ make-up. The lipstick she’s applying is by Bésame Cosmetics.
The travel lip brush she uses is by Bésame Cosmetics, too.
One of the most striking elements of Jane Hudson’s look is her make-up. Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) invented it, taking inspiration from the concept of the “broken doll”, so important in the aesthetic of the 1962 Robert Aldrich film Feud is based on.
In the memoir This ‘N That, Bette Davis explained she imagined Jane as someone who would never wash her face, just put on another layer of make-up. The bright lips, caked white face make-up and the heart-shaped beauty mark all have a part in achieving the iconic result, not to mention the curly blonde wig, used by the other protagonist of the film (Joan Crawford) in an old movie.
The lipstick Bette applies is by Bésame Cosmetics, a bright orange-based red. My guess is that the shade could be Red Hot Red, described as “classic engine red,” a bold and brazen warm red.