Marilyn’s Pout

In Face Of An Icon on October 13, 2008 at 12:18 am

What You’ll Need:

  • Foundation
  • Silicone-based makeup primer
  • Matte white makeup pencil
  • Translucent powder
  • Pointy concealer brush
  • Highlighter
  • Creamy lip liner in true red
  • Opaque true red lipstick
  • Lighter red lipstick
  • Clear lip gloss


Begin with a clean base. Cover lips with a foundation that matches your skin tone. This gives you a blank canvas to create Marilyn-style lips with. Prep lips for color by dabbing a silicone-based makeup primer on entire lip line.

Use a pointy concealer brush to outline the bow of your lips with a highlighter. Smudge with your finger for a natural-looking sheen that catches the light. Outline lips with creamy lip liner in true red. Focus on bringing out the shape of the bow of your lips. Fill outlined lips in with the pencil.

Stroke opaque true red lipstick on the outer edges of both top and bottom lips using a lip brush. In the center of both lips, brush on a lighter red. Using a lighter shade in the center adds dimension to lips. (Rumor is that Marilyn used Guerlain Rouge Diabolique (now discontinued). Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick, in Insolence de Rouge, number 522 is a close match.)

Finish with a clear lip gloss dabbed generously in the middle of bottom lip and blended slightly outwards to include top lip. If you want extra shine, use a thick gloss (like MAC lipglass in clear) that gives a vinyl-like finish.

In The Makeup Says: Not wearing these lips at lease once could be something you regret on your deathbed.


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