Marilyn was a genius with her makeup. Hers is probably the most imitated make up in the world . I’ve done a bit of research and here’s what I think she did.
Face, creamy, opaque, set with loose powder.
Eyeshadow , sometimes white,sometimes a cream shade all over with a darker shade of brown contouring the crease. Color was mostly matte, sometimes shimmery. I only had shimmery so this is what I used.
Eyeliners. Top, was dark brown liquid liner extended with a wing. Sometimes there is a very think gold line above this. On the bottom, pencil again dark brown, was applied at the base of the lower lashes. Also she did not connect this bottom line to the top, she left a gap between the bottom line and the top. Sort of like parallel lines. In between the liner line was white, not sure if this was shadow or liner, I used shadow.
Eyelashes, Strip lash cut in half, applied to outed edge, not totally on lash line. More in sort of a straight line. This enhanced the heavy lidded ‘bedroom eyes” look she’s famous for. I didn’t do a fake lash in the pic, I think the glue is bad for your lashes, I only wear them on SUPER special occasions. Mascara on top, Sometimes she wore it on the bottom as well most often not.
Blush was natural pinky color applied to apples and blended.
Highlighter not sure what she used, probably eyeshadow, I used a shimmery loose white powder. Applied to temples tip of nose, cheekbones, and the little I call it divit above the cupids bow and the inner corner of eye.
It’s said she mixed three different reds plus gloss, I used one and gloss. she extended her line above her natural line a bit on the upper sides and bottom. She rounded the shape. Besides red, the color she wore most often was a medium creamy pink with no shimmer. I actually prefer her in this color.
Eyebrows hers were typical of the time sort of squared in the beginning, a sharp arch. I believe she used a brow powder. Mine are much thinner,but I tried to get the same shape. I used a taupe pencil, it was all I had.
Beauty mark of course, i did mine a bit smaller than hers and as my children pointed out to me, mine is on the wrong side.
You can check out my attempt after the jump
It is very hard to imitate her bedroom eyes and sexy smile if you’re 11 year old daughter takes the picture of you. Fits of hysterical laughter will ensue.