In a world full of gadgets, quick fixes and technological advances, sometimes it's best to look to the past for some clear-headed advice on all things beauty. Like a fine wine, certain mantras only get better with age - especially when they come from timeless screen icons such as Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe. Whether it's practical advice (Mae West swears by the power of curves) or more philosophical musings (the beauty of a woman is not in the way she combs her hair, according to Audrey Hepburn), these women really do know it all. Click on the gallery below to read their words of wisdom on everything from the importance of wearing perfume in bed to growing old gracefully.
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