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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.


Marilyn’s Eye Makeup

In Face Of An Icon on September 17, 2008 at 5:06 am

First, Get a Marilyn brow (ESSENTIAL to her look) with eyebrow stencils at

Next, learn how to apply false lashes. Falsies on the outer half of the lash were a huge part of Marilyn’s look. Buy already-made half lashes (Shu Uemura makes some great ones) or, like Marilyn, cut a full strip in half.

The “secret” part of Marilyn’s look was in her eyeliner. To line her eyes, she used a black or brown Elizabeth Arden eye-liner.  She made a slight “cat-eye” on her upper lashline, and then extended the eyeliner on her lower lashline too. Make sure the extentsions of upper and lower eyeliner are no more than about a millimeter apart. Then fill that millimeter with highlighter. Any white pencil should do. If you look closely at photos of her (like the one above), you can see the top and bottom eyeliner extentions, and the highlight in betweeen.  Survey the photo, and start practicing. This is THE way to get a true Marilyn eye.

Marilyn didn’t do a lot with eyeshadow. A sheer pearl color from lashline to brow bone should do the trick. Some sources say that she did occasionally use a bit of color on her outer crease, and that the colors she used were Autumn smoke (a soft smoky brown) or Pearly Blue (a light silvery blue) By Elizabeth Arden.

The Jackie O Glow

In Face Of An Icon on September 16, 2008 at 2:17 am

Jackie O’s iconic minimalist doe-eyed look of the 1960s works for today too.

Start by evening out your skin-tone. Jackie reportedly has a ruddy complexion and used Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Foundation to create her perfect skin. For long wear and a beautiful finish, set with translucent loose powder.

Prep the eyelids with a little bit of concealer or eyeshadow primer. Pat and layer on a matte eye shadow similar to your skin tone all over the lids. Contour you eyes by sweeping a matte neutral shadow that is 2 or 3 shades darker than your natural skin tone into the crease.

Line the eyes with a precise line. Use black pencil or, if you are practiced, use black liquid liner to create an even more precise line. TIP:  shu uemura’s Liquid Eyeliner Pen is notoriously wonderful.

Keep your brows full, but keep them groomed.  Anastasia Brow Gel offers great hold with a natural look.

For cheeks, choose a rosey shade of blush just to the apples of your cheeks to create a radiant glow from within. According to “An Inspired Guide To Distinctive Living,  What Would Jackie Do?” Jackie used Erno Laszlo pink cream blush.

For the lips, pick a nude, pink shade. Adrien Arpel Perfect Pink Lipstick was Jackie’s favorite.  For a similar look, try Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Pink Honey Pearl.