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Zsa Zsa Gabor Was the Original Queen of Makeup

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

Decades before Kylie Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics, Gabor was selling her own line of makeup and skin care.

She's been referred to as the original Kim Kardashian — a celebrity famous for being a celebrity — but actress, TV personality and socialite/serial bride Zsa Zsa Gabor was also a pioneer in the beauty industry.

The actress, who passed away at age 99 on Sunday from heart failure, was a beauty entrepreneur with her own line of mail-order Zsa Zsa-branded skin care, cosmetics and fragrances. The line was launched in 1969 — decades before celebrity product lines became de rigueur.

In 1989, Gabor gave daytime TV host Robb Weller a tour of the renovated bathroom of her Bel Air mansion (which was adjacent to her custom-built 30-foot closet) in which she plugged her "new" products, including a brow gel and blotting paper. 

"It’s a rice paper, you put it on your face when it's shiny," she explained of blotting papers — a product which had yet to reach the mainstream popularity that it has now. "This is a new thing we’re putting on the market." Brow gel, too, was a product that Gabor was applying years before Cara Delevingne was even a glimmer in her parents' eyes.

During the tour of her glamorous estate, which was built by Howard Hughes and counted Elvis Presley as a former resident, Gabor spilled several of her beauty secrets including her diet ("I always eat green peppers ... they're full of vitamin C"), her thoughts on beauty sleep ("The doctor says [you need sleep] but I’m exceptional") and the pros and cons of plastic surgery.

"If you need a little bit here, a little bit there, of course you should do it! I should really do this now [points to neck]. God dang it, I have to do it," she said when asked if she approved of a little nip and tuck. "I’m not against it, but I hate that pulled look."

The celebutante, who was married at least eight times over the course of her lifetime, also gave a bit of sage marriage advice. “A husband and wife should have two different bathrooms," she told Weller sternly. "The best way to get divorced is to have the same bathroom as a man.” We'll take her word for it on that one.

Watch the full tour below.

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