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Throwback Thursday: Adrienne Clarkson's beauty routine (1966)

Well before she held positions of significant parliamentary importance, this bright-eyed young journalist was contending with mascara goop, just like the rest of us.

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The issue:
October 1966

The times: LSD is criminalized in the United States; the Montreal Metro is born; Grace Slick joins Jefferson Airplane as lead singer.

The beauty inspiration: A 27-year-old Adrienne Clarkson. Long before she was appointed Canada’s 26th Governor General (and decorated with a truckload of prestigious awards and honorary degrees), Clarkson was just a fresh-faced city gal trying to make a name for herself in the fast-paced world of Canadian journalism. For our 1966 lifestyle feature “Beauty secrets of four very busy women,” the future Order of Canada recipient divulged her makeup and self-care regimens to Chatelaine‘s then–beauty editor Eveleen Dollery, complete with cosmetic tidbits gleaned from the set of CBC’s Take-Thirty, which she co-hosted at the time. Read on for Clarkson’s tips for achieving a newsworthy glow.

Contouring
Apply a medium shade of cream foundation on your neck and ears, but use a lighter shade for nose and cheeks.

Eyes
Brown eyeshadow and black eyeliner add depth to lids. If you wear contacts, make like Clarkson and trade inky mascaras for false lashes.

Lips
A tawny shade is better when cameras are rolling, but a combination of pink powder and foundation works best for day-to-day.

Hair
Brush your waist-length mane for no more than five minutes. Trim and perm once a year.

Nails
Weekly manicures are key.

Bedtime
Use a liquid cleanser to remove makeup, and follow with a second (and vigorous) wash with soap.

Fitness
Run stairs; do isometrics on the bus to work. Remember, you are very busy.

Relaxation
Two words: scented bath.

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