Although we're not experts on the best sights in Los Angeles, we'd like to give our votes to the Max Factor Museum. During our recent trip to California, we had a personal (la-di-da) tour and came away with all sorts of interesting tidbits.
First of all, the whole museum was built by old Max himself, who was the makeup artist and hairdresser to the czar's court in Russia before making his way to the United States. The museum originally was done in art deco style and was in pretty shabby shape until Jack Nicholson revamped a large portion of it as a setting in "The Two Jakes." Let's just say that the redecorating was a lot more successful than the film.
Max was responsible for all sorts of cosmetics innovations, including pancake makeup, lip gloss, the word "makeup" itself and the first hair mousse, brillox. Obviously, Max wasn't perfect, and we hold him personally responsible for the influx of big hair into the Midwest.