How Elizabeth Taylor got ready for the Oscars

Ever wonder how an icon like Elizabeth Taylor got ready for the Oscars?

AOL caught up with the House of Taylor right before the 91st Academy Awards to learn how the five-time Oscar nominee prepped for the big day. From the beauty to the dresses (did you know she was born with two sets of eyelashes?!) and her ten minute baths, we're breaking down everything that lead to Taylor's most legendary Academy Awards looks.

"Elizabeth would usually begin by identifying the jewelry she wanted to wear for the occasion. The color and cut of the gown, makeup and hair styles would be based on the jewelry to create a coordinated ensemble," a rep for House of Taylor noted.

"Once Elizabeth had decided on her jewelry, we would reach out to the designer she wanted to work with.  Dior, Halston and Valentino were particular favorites. In working with the designers, she usually had her own ideas, as she was very artistic and loved the creative process. She would be vocal about her specific requests for the gown, but this was always spoken with respect for the designer and their artistry. After the initial consultation, the designer would generally send four or five sketches. She would work from there, sharing notes and feedback."

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LOS ANGELES - MARCH 27: Actress Elizabeth Taylor attends the 29th Academy Awards ceremony which was held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on March 27, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 27: Actress Elizabeth Taylor poses for a portrait at the 29th Academy Awards ceremony which was held at the RKO Pantages Theatre with her third husband producer Mike Todd (left), who holds the Oscar he won for best picture for his film 'Around The World In 80 Days', and actor Yul Brynner (right) who hold the Oscar which he won for best actor for his role in the movie 'The King And I' on March 27, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 3/28/1957-Hollywood, CA- Mike Todd and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, playfully mug for photographers as they arrive at a party after the Academy Award presentations on March 27th. Todd won an Oscar for his production of 'Around the World in 80 Days.'
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Wearing a beautifully displayed million dollar diamond and low-cut gown, actress Elizabeth Taylor presents an 'Oscar' for the best movie in the 42nd Annual Academy Awards at the Music Center. The diamond was a gift from her husband, actor Richard Burton.
Backstage portrait of British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) as she poses backstage with her Oscar statuette during 33rd Academy Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, April 17, 1961. She won the 'Best Actress' trophy for her role in 'Butterfield 8.' (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) April 17, 1961 - Santa Monica, California: Actress Elizabeth Taylor holds her Oscar, the first she has ever won, with presenter Yul Brynner standing at left and behind her. Miss Taylor's performance in the movie, 'Butterfield 8' was adjudged the best performance by an actress.
17th April 1961: British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor, holding the Oscar she won for best actress in director Daniel Mann's film, 'Butterfield 8,' with husband, American singer/actor Eddie Fisher, at the Academy Awards, Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), with her Oscar for Best Actress in 'Butterfield 8', at the 33rd Academy Awards, Santa Monica, California, 17th April 1961. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - APRIL 2,1974: Actress Elizabeth Taylor poses backstage during the Academy Awards show at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles,California. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor during 46th Annual Academy Awards in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor during 48th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
George Cukor and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actors George Hamilton and Elizabeth Taylor attend the 59th Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo by Bill Nation/Sygma via Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor during 64th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor during 64th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) at the 64th Annual Academy Awards, USA, 30th March 1992. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Larry Fortensky and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
(Original Caption) Los Angeles, California: Elizabeth Taylor At The Academy Awards. Elizabeth Taylor holding her Humanitarian Award. (Photo by �� Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
347757 020: Elizabeth Taylor attends the 'Unforgettable: Fashions of the Oscars' pre-auction party at Christie's Auction House March 15, 1999 in New York City. The proceeds from the auction will benefit AMFAR association which conducts AIDS research. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Christina Aguilera, Sir Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor during 13th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party Co-hosted by Chopard - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
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For the 1970 Oscars Taylor wore a periwinkle gown by Edith Head, where she took the stage to present the award for Best Picture. But perhaps the most notable part of her look was the  69 carat Cartier necklace that Richard Burton bought for her.

"Richard Burton had bought Elizabeth the 69 carat Taylor-Burton diamond in November 1969, and the 1970 Academy Awards Show was her first opportunity to show it off. The gown was perfectly cut to fit the diamond in its new setting, a dazzling Cartier necklace," House of Taylor told AOL.

SEE ALSO: A look back at Elizabeth Taylor's most iconic moments at the Oscars

"When it came to the event day, her beauty routine was pretty consistent.  She did not have an elaborate skin care routine and regularly used drugstore moisturizer.  She loved to do her own makeup, but for major events like the Oscars she worked with a makeup artist.  She preferred sheer foundation, a soft blush, and used a powder cake eyeliner.  She never wore false lashes, having been born with a double set of lashes."

 

"Elizabeth took a 10 minute bath at the end of her makeup application, to help set her makeup and relax a bit before the event," the rep added.

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UNITED STATES: Actress Elizabeth Taylor in the 1940's. (Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1940: Elizabeth Taylor poses for a fashion photograph in Hollywood around 1940. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) as Velvet Brown in 'National Velvet', directed by Clarence Brown, 1944. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1945. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor in movie art for the film 'Courage Of Lassie', 1946. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Jimmy Lydon pulling on his collar as Elizabeth Taylor leans against him in a scene from the film 'Life With Father', 1947. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Full-length promotional portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor singing for the film, 'Cynthia,' 1947. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 15: American actress Liz Taylor in 1948 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Taylor (Spangler Arlington Brough) and British-born American actress Liz Taylor (Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor) acting in 'Conspirator'. 1949 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
A portrait of Elizabeth Taylor in the 1950s. (Photo by API/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 04: Archives: Elizabeth Taylor in 1951.
circa 1954: Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - ) the American leading lady. (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
Actors Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) and Van Johnson (1916 - 2008) in a promotional portrait for the film 'The Last Time I Saw Paris', 1954. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
circa 1955: British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor, wearing a leopard-print swimsuit, holds onto a ladder in a swimming pool. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
British-born American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Studio portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), 1957. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 27: Actress Elizabeth Taylor attends the 29th Academy Awards ceremony which was held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on March 27, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A close up of actress Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1960. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Picture taken 21 april 1961 in Santa Monica, California, of British-born US actress Elizabeth Taylor with her oscar at a presentation party after being named best Actress for her part in 'Butterfield 8'. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
ITALY - MAY 08: Portrait of the American actress of English origin Elizabeth TAYLOR in Rome on May 8, 1962 during the shoot of CLEOPATRA by Joseph MANKIEWICZ (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1963: Actress Elizabeth Taylor, playing Frances Andros, rides in a car in a film still from the movie, The V.I.P.s, 1963. (Photo by Camerique/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED : Liz Taylor in leopard skin coat and hat. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor posing on the set of the film, 'The Sandpiper,' c. 1965. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor on the film set of 'The Taming Of The Shrew' by Franco Zefferelli in 1967. (Photo by API/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
September 1967: English movie star Elizabeth Taylor attends a social function wearing an elaborate headdress of pearls and fake flowers, a jewelled dress and an emerald necklace. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor during Elizabeth Taylor Press Conference - February 5, 1968 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British actress Elizabeth Taylor, as Ellen Wheeler, gazes into the distance and lifts her hands in astonishment from a window in a scene from the movie Night Watch, by American director Brian G. Hutton. Great Britain, 1973. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Married actors Richard Burton (1925 - 1984) and Elizabeth Taylor leans their heads together during an interview on teh newsprogram '60 Minutes,' Bel-Air, California, MArch 13, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
British-born actress Elizabeth Taylor as Rosie Probert in the film 'Under Milk Wood', 1972. The film was based on a 1954 radio play by Dylan Thomas. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from the film, 'Night Watch,' 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011), circa 1975. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY Â MAY 7: Elizabeth Taylor and Senator John Warner attends the afterparty for the play, The Little Foxes at Xenon on May 7, 1981 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1982: Elizabeth Taylor circa 1982 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
US actress Elizabeth Taylor attends a gala at the Paradis Latin organised for the fight against AIDS, on November 11, 1985, in Paris. (Photo credit should read PIERRE GUILLAUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor smiling while sitting on a sofa at her home in Los Angeles, California, April 1987. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BALLEROY, FRANCE - 1988: A portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor at Balleroy Castle in 1988 in Balleroy, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Elizabeth Taylor introduces fragrance 'Black Pearls' at Macy's in 1989 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
082644 01: Elizabeth Taylor stands with boyfriend Larry Fortensky October 26, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA. The Carousel of Hope has been the world's premier fundraiser for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. (Photo by Kip Rano/Liaison)
Elizabeth Taylor is honored at PACT at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on November 16, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Elizabeth Taylor on stage before Elton John performs at Shea Stadium on August 21, 1992 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
CANADA - SEPTEMBER 21: Elizabeth Taylor (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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