Monday Beauty: Marilyn Monroe's Classic Look

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Hi there gals! Welcome to not only a new weekly section for the blog, but to Marilyn Monroe week here at Not Another Curvy Blog! Today would have been Marilyn's 89th birthday, and as a fellow Gemini and as such a Fashion and Beauty Icon, I decided to dedicate pretty much all the posts this week to her! To kick of Monday Beauty, I am sharing with you her classic look in a more "you can wear it everyday" way.

Marilyn was known for her "flawless" beauty, but although she was indeed naturally beautiful, for the cameras many tricks were needed to achieve that "flawlessness". Whitey, her make up artist, did a few tricks that turned her into a beauty icon. First, they would start with a vaseline prep for glowy skin. I'm not sure how much viable that is today, so I would recommend using your favorite moisturizer instead. I used Yes! To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer to prep my skin. In this instance it was because it's the one I have. Please bear with me as I am a beauty newbie and am currently building up my "make up kit". Then, for the base I blended Maybelline's Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation in 112 Natural Ivory & Cover Girl's Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation in 855 Soft Honey, as I feel that it looks better than just using Cover Girl's. Once I was done with the base, I applied Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage 070-41, which I am currently loving for this kind of more "elaborate" makeup (Please note that I call elaborate anything that requires applying base, I'm a simple girl). For regular daily use I always apply Maybelline's Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Pressed Powder in 130 Buff Beige, and I love it! Then I moved on to the eyebrows. Mine are currently in cray-cray state, but I am getting there. So I filled them in with Maybelline's Brow Precise pencil in Deep Brown, but it is very dark, so I have my eyes on Ulta's Ultimate Brows Shade & Shaper Pencil, hopefully will get it soon! Marilyn's brows were pointy because that helped define her heart shaped face, so please, tread lightly in this manner as we are recreating a look not doing a copy/paste nor do we want it to look custome-y. Arch but according to your brows and face shape.

After the brows were done, I moved on to the eyes. Whitey used a simple white eyeshadow and applied it to the whole eyelid, then on top he would apply a more shimmery white. I added a shimmery white shadow from Milani Runway Eyes Collection in the Glamorous Gems palette first, and on top a soft pink/nude from Maybelline's The Nudes palette, the fifth on the second row. To me this feels softer and more modern. After that, I applied a little bronze to the crease to create a little more drama, as Whitey did on Marilyn. For that I used from the Nudes palette as well, the fourth on the top row. Then, I applied a brown pencil liner.I used the same brown brow pencil as I could not find my brown liner. Most people believed that Marilyn's cat-eye was done with black liner, but in that time they really used browns/dark browns instead. I love browns more than black in this case, as brown gives a more natural look (maybe it's just me).

Marilyn used half false lashes, but since I wanted this look to still be approachable for daytime and I was blessed with very good lashes, I went without. What I did was layer on three different mascaras. I know, for some reason mascaras are my thing. First I applied a coat on top and bottom lashes of Wet n Wild's Mega Volume Mascara in C138. Then, I applied L'oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in 635. And, to finish I applied two coats of Revlon's Lash Potions Waterproof Mascara in 221 Blackest Black. If that is too excessive for you, then just apply your favorite one on until you feel lash-happy. To add drama, Whitey would draw a little line with the brown pencil below the bottom lashes so that it would create the illusion that the lashes were so thick and heavy that they caused a shadow in the corner of her eyes (see Marilyn's pics above closely and you'll see it). Also, in between the wind of the cat-eye and the "shadow" line, he would highlight with white pencil to add even more drama. Whitey then applied white pencil the inside of the eyes (above the bottom lashes) so that they eyes would appear wider. And to make the eyes whiter he added a small red dot with red liner to the tear ducts. The man was a makeup genius. I skipped the red dot, but did go for the white highlights, and since I didn't have a white pencil I used the simple white shadow.

Once I was done with the eyes, I moved on to the "contouring". Yes, I put it in quotes because this time around I went light on it, just wanted to highlight a little and I used Ulta's Blush Duo in Exposed and Flush. Whitey really went all in when contouring, he highlighted Marilyn's cheeks, temples, nose, jawbone and under the chin. He then highlighted with a white shadow on top of the cheeks, in the center of the nose, the t-zone and below the lips so that it would catch the light when shooting. This is what gave Marilyn that additional glow for which she is famous for! Finally I did the lips. I read that because of the technology of the time and the lighting that Whitey used layers of different pinks, working his way in from darker to lighter, so that it would look red onscreen and create the illusion of full and plump lips. Then I read that it was multiple layers and shades of reds, again working from darker to lighter to create that fullness and depth. Due to the lack of variety of pinks in my kit, I went with the latter. I applied first a deep red liner from Avon, Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Red Brick, and then filled in with Maybelline's Color Sensational Lip Liner in 50 Red, and then put L'oreal's Infallible Lipstick in 337 Refined Ruby on top. To finish the look, I applied a tiny amount of Ulta's Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Flirtini. And, done!

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