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Beauty Sneak Peek: The Makeup Museum's 1950s Exhibition

Sneak Peek: The Makeup Museum's 1950s Exhibition

Preview the Makeup Museum's first exhibition online (photo: Getty Images)
Preview the Makeup Museum's first exhibition online (photo: Getty Images)
By Danica Lo
May 07, 2020
The world's first museum entirely dedicated to makeup was scheduled to open this month, but the global coronavirus crisis has postponed its debut

Originally scheduled to open in New York City earlier this month, the Makeup Museum's debut has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis in the United States. But beauty aficionados won't have to wait for social distancing measures to lift before sneaking a peek at the museum's inaugural exhibition: Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America. The first-ever museum entirely dedicated to makeup has deployed a preview of the show online, in the most beauty-in-the-21st-century way possible: on Instagram.

The Makeup Museum kicked off its virtual exhibition preview with Marilyn Monroe's personal skincare product collection—preserved since 1959 and on loan from the show's sponsor, Erno Laszlo. Also available on Instagram for your perusal: a 1950s Max Factor Creme Puff gold compact, early advertisements for pore-reducing liquid foundation, stunning collectibles such as Salvador Dali's Bird in Hand compact, and sleek bullet lipsticks from the 1950s that came complete with mirrored carrying cases.

The Makeup Museum will celebrate its (virtual) grand opening week with Instagram Livestreams with makeup historians including Madeleine Marsh, author of Compacts & Cosmeticson May 6; Louise Young, author of Timeless, on May 7; and Gabriela Hernandez, author of Classic Beauty, on May 8, all at noon Eastern Time. 

When it opens, the Makeup Museum will be located at 94 Gansevoort St. in New York. 

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