This famous Frank Worth photoshoot set at the Beverly Carlton Hotel  in 1951, featuring Marilyn wearing a lovely swimsuit and gorgeous sandals with lucite platforms, is one of my favourites. She looked more beautiful than ever and happy.
In this picture Marilyn was applying lotion to her legs. The lotion in question was Nivea skin oil which, according to the advert above, was the “liquid counterpart of Nivea Creme, with similar protective, soothing qualities.”
 The Beverly Carlton has been renovated as the Avalon Hotel. The location is the same – West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Her makeup case, sold by Christie’s in 1999 for $266,500 contained:
3 Max Factor lipsticks
Two Elizabeth Arden cream eyeshadows (Autumn Smoke and Pearly Blue)
Two Elizabeth Arden Eye Stopper eyeliners, one brown and one black
One Leichner of London eyeshadow
Two bottles of Revlon nail polish (Cherries a la Mode and Hot Coral)
Glorene of Hollywood eyeliner and false eyelashes
Two bottles of perfumed lotion by Shiseido
Anita d’Foged Day Dew cream make-up and cover-up
Two pots of Erno Lazlo make-up
The content of Marilyn Monroe’s make-up drawer is displayed at the Max Factor Museum in Hollywood.
One card says: “Fearing blemishes, Marilyn washed her face fifteen times a day, frequently used Nivea moisturizer and thought her right side of her face was ‘her’ best side”.
When Pola (Marilyn Monroe), Loco (Betty Grable) and Schatze (Lauren Bacall) go to a restaurant with their dates, they all meet in the powder room to share their impressions. Two Lanvin Arpège perfume bottles can be seen on a dressing table. Pola even puts on some perfume before leaving.
Later in the film, another boule bottle of the same perfume can be seen in Schatze’s bedroom.