My Life With Marilyn, Smash and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams channeling Monroe on the cover of GQ… there is definitely a Marilyn Monroe revival in the making. And now, MAC is jumping on the bandwagon as well, with the announcement of a 30-piece makeup line inspired by the ’50s diva. The limited edition collection will be created in partnership with Authentic Brands Group, which owns Marilyn Monroe LLC. It will include eye shadows, lipsticks, liners and nail polishes that will hit the shelves around October 2012. Too long to wait? Try these tips to channel the iconic bombshell right now:
- Though Marilyn was very secretive about her beauty routines, it’s believed that she washed her face with Shu Uemera cleansing oil and then would splash it 15 times with cold water to seal the pores.
- Her skin was always flawless, with just thin layers of Vaseline, powder and Elizabeth Arden’s Pat-a-Creme to create a glowing base. Today, I would recommend MAC’s Prep + Prime to create a smooth base and help makeup stay on for longer. Next, apply a light layer of foundation and dot on concealer where needed. Follow with a translucent loose powder to set everything.
- Marilyn’s eyes were always one of her signature features. Whitey Snyder, her makeup artist, always used a white kohl pencil to line the inside rims, making them appear larger. For added effect, continue the white line outwards for about ¼ inch, angling slightly upwards. Add false lashes and loads of black mascara.
- Skip the black eyeliner… Marilyn usually wore brown or dark brown. Draw narrow lines very close to the top and bottom lash line and continue outwards; make sure the two lines don’t meet. Another trick: Marilyn always applied a very thin line of gold liner above the brown on the upper lid. Keep it thin for a just-there glam effect!
- Eyeshadow should be subtle – a backdrop to all the other drama rather than the main show. Keep it simple with light brown shadow in the crease of the eyelid and the outer area below the brow. Then add a luminescent off-white to the centre of the lid, brow bone and in the corner of the eye.
- For her intensely sculpted features, Marilyn depended on pink or coral blush swept below the cheekbones, on the temples, and around and under the jawline. Follow with a shimmer highlight on top of the cheekbone all the way to the corner of the eye, on top of the chin, on the t-zone and on the forehead.
- Finally, those unforgettable lips – to create that signature pout, Marilyn always used a mixture of multiple shades. To keep it more do-able in the 21st century, fill lips with a red liner and layer on the red lipstick (with a brush for precision) that best complements your skin tone (if you want Marilyn’s exact hue, try Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Insolence de Rouge). Shadow the colour for voluptuousness, keeping it darker on the outer edges and lighter in the middle. Then add a thin layer of gloss, finishing with a dab of highlighter in the centre of the bottom lip and top of the cupid’s bow.
- MAC Will Launch a Makeup Collection Inspired by Marilyn Monroe (glamazondiaries.com)
- MAC to Release Marilyn Monroe Collection (news.instyle.com)
- Marilyn Monroe X MAC: Get That Hollywood Bombshell Look, In A Tube (refinery29.com)