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Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Marilyn Monroe Look + My Face of the Day

The coolest thing I've learned all year is that Marilyn Monroe's iconic cat eye was actually created with a brown liner pencil, contrary to popular belief. If you haven't seen Lisa Eldridge's Marilyn tutorial on YouTube and you are the least bit interested in the glam goddess that is Marilyn, you must check it out. Not only does Lisa do a fantastic tutorial but she tells of some of the inside secrets used by Marilyn's makeup artist and close friend, Allan "Whitey" Snider. Many of these secrets were never shared publicly but there are a few good tid bits of information that did see the light of day. Marilyn's look was much more than just a cat eye and red lipstick, her look took hours to achieve from the perfect contour and highlight to the layers upon layers of lip products. It is all quite fascinating really. Her iconic look has been used by many but will forever be associated with Marilyn.

I was inspired by this rendition of Marilyn Monroe's makeup, so much so that I opted for red lipstick over my usual nude. I also did the lashes on the outer corners but pretty much did my own thing for everything else. Oh, and the mole is mine, not drawn on! Haha!

Products Used:

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Natural Beige
Cle de Peau concealer, Beige
Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder
NYX blush, Peach (it comes off pink)
Dior hightlight/bronzer/powder trio (for contour + highlight)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Virgin eyeshadow all over
Urban Decay Naked + Buck lightly in crease
Jordana Fabu-Liner, black (I just couldn't bring myself to do brown)
L'Oreal Clean Definition Telescopic mascara, black
YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils mascara
Ardell individual lashes, short flare (just on the outside corners)
MakeUpForEver brow pencils, No.4
Prestige brow gel
L'Oreal kohl pencil, ivory (lower water line)

Rimmel Lip Liner, Ravishing
Clinique lipstick "Angel"
MAC Plushglass, Nice Buzz


  1. You look so glamorous! I bet you are gonna go nuts on the MAC X Marilyn collection :)

  2. Looks beautiful! Love the lip color! :)

  3. You look great in a red lip color! Great cat eye day I'll learn how to do one properly! ;)