MARILYN MONROE'S BEAUTY SECRETS: And A Few How Too's
Tip #1: Setting the Base
When it came to foundation, Marilyn didn't wear that much actually, but there where a few products that she used as foundation 1. Anita d'Foged Day Dew Make-up in Ivory Medium
today it;s called, Anita of Denmark and believe it ot not this product is still on the market. check out ANITAOF DENMARK on line, but be prepared to call to get info, the site is kinda illusive with pictures and such.
2. Erno Laszlo Duo-pHase Loose Powder in Translucent light- this is still available
3.ERNO LASZLO Active pHelityl Cream Marilyn used this as a face protector as well as a mosisturizer
Apparently Marilyn washed her face with Shu Uemera cleansing oil and then would splash her face 15 times with cold water to seal the pores. She would then wear Vaseline on her face as a moisturizer and would alternate between thin layers of Vaseline(or you could use Active pHelityl Cream, as she did later in her life) and powder(from the ones above and she also used Elizabeth Arden's Pat-a-creme) to create a base. This is what gave her that beautiful glow. Although she did grow a thin layer of little baby-fine blonde hairs on her face for using hormone cream all of those years, it just added to her glow in the studio lighting.
Tip #2: Accenting Her Features
Marilyn was described as a true "artist" when it came to applying her make-up and she definitely knew how to accentuate her features. Here is a break-down of what she did to highlight her face, cheekbones, nose and eyes.
1. She used blush to enhance her cheekbones and shorten her nose. She would dab the blush on the tip of her nose and then would go over it with vaseline and powder. She probably would do this until the desired affect of the perfectly shaped nose was achieved. This way in photos she wouldn't have a nose that looked too elongated.
2. Next, she would sweep blush across her cheekbones, underneath the top of the cheekbone(ever so lightly) and this would accent her cheeks. Her blushes were generally pink or coral.
3. Using a light light illuminating powder and/or a highlighter creme and blend around the nose, avoiding the tip of the nose but blend everything else around it! So use a cream to do this part and then put it in between your eyes(in those dark crevices by your nose). So the whole idea here is to highlight the whole area of your face that you want to look flawlessly light and also wider, which would be the eye area and the forehead area. Here is a good picture of Marilyn that will kind of show you that the top of her face is highlighted and the bottom is shadowed and contoured.
Quick-tip: You can always find your own little niches with make-up through trial & error. That's what Marilyn did! I did
Tip # 3: Eyes
So, Marilyn would call her own eye make-up "the Greta Garbo eye". She took cues from the sultry star from the Golden Era, and tried to re-create that look. for her own style. 1. She would cover her eyelid with a lustrous white stick shadow, which she would use White Lustre by Elizabeth Arden, which I haven't been able to find but you just need a shadow that is silky and won't crease. She would apply it liberally all over the lid up to the brow bone.
2. After that she would apply(with a brush) a smoky-toned color into the outer crease of her eyelid. The colors she used were Autumn smoke and Pearly Blue By Elizabeth Arden. So light silvery blue or a soft smoky brown are two options. She also used light green at times depending on her wardrobe.
3. Eyeliner. So, she would use a black or brown eye stopper Elizabeth Arden eye-liner, or a fluid liner(black liquid liner), to line her eyes. It all depends on your eye-shape, but the idea is to make your eyes look wider.
There are three-steps to this process: the upper lashline, the lower lashline and the gap in between the liners on the outer edge of eye (sound confusing? I know, but hopefully it will make sense below).
Upper lash-line: Marilyn would line the whole top lash-line starting from the inner corner of the eye going all the way to the outer corner and sweeping the line up and out.
Lower lash-line: This is the secret of all secrets to achieving the Marilyn eye. Take the pencil and start at the beginning of where your iris starts and line out and downward (not too far downward but just enough to look like it's a line created by the shadow of your top lashes). This may sound silly but once you get it down it creates the illusion that you have a lower lashline that is to die for! It also opens up your eyes a tremendous amount!
Lastly, the gap between the two lines you created on the outer edge of the eye should be about a millimeter wide. So in that gap use a white highlighter pencil (any white eyeliner pencil will do) or brush (like Benefits High Beam) and sweep a little white line in.
1. Red liner(a little dark but not too dark) would go on the outer line of the lips.
2. She would then apply with a lip brush three different layers of red lipstick. I'm assuming she used Guerlain lipstick, Elizabeth Arden lipstick and Max Factor lipstick. So these were the basic layers that were put on first.
3. The way she would shadow her lips was to give the effect that they were voluptuous and plump. She shadowed her lips so the darker reds were on the outer edges of her lips and the lighter were in the middle of her lips.
4. The white highlighter was put in the middle of her lips to soften the middle and leave the edges of the lips stunningly dark.
5. Her gloss was also added intermittently in this process, so a layer gloss (known as a concoction of beeswax and vegetable wax) and a layer of lipstick, then the shadowing happened and then the last layer of gloss was used. I have no idea what gloss she used but people say it was her own invention and a mix that she would not tell to anyone what was actually in it!
The highlighted portion of lips in middle, darker on outer edges.
So I hope that this was at least interesting. I thought makeup has changed since the day when these amazing actresses rules Tinseltown. Well , maybe some of the products. You can get this look, it may take practice, but I just wanted to share what i found out about Marylin Monroe and what she did to look so damn beautiful
So I am also posting a easier how to get MARILYN' MONROE Makeup Look. i wanted to add this one so that you could follow it better and be able to use the makeup that you already have at home. I found it fascinating to read about the techniques that she used VASELINE? please do not do that at home!
Apply cream or liquid foundation with sponge. Using a large powder brush, apply translucent loose powder.
Apply a golden peach all-over shimmer to entire face; focusing on the bridge of the nose, forehead and apples of the cheeks.
Apply flesh tone shimmer eyeshadow all over the lid, from brow bone to lash line.
Apply a rich light brown shimmer eyeshadow focusing on the crease.
Using a black liquid eyeliner and liner brush, line the top lid. Begin with a thin line at the inner corner, slowly becoming wider as you reach the outer corner of the eye. When at the outer corner, make a wing tip (bring the liner brush up and outward to mimic a wing).
Follow with a volumizing black mascara.
Line the lips with a nude liner to prevent color from bleeding.
Using a lip brush, apply a rich red (that suits your skin tone). Blot lips with a tissue and repeat; layering the lip color will allow it last longer and keep the color more true.