I've always wanted to do an "icon" series with makeup. I guess Marilyn Monroe is a pretty fine place to start :) On June 1st, the bombshell would have been 86 years old. In her honor, I watched "My Week with Marilyn". After watching, I am still intrigued. She is flawless yet ever so vulnerable, and what girl can't relate to that? She has proven that sexiness doesn't mean you have to be a size 0 and that despite one's perception of her perfection, she was a wounded woman.
Marilyn Monroe's make-up artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder, did her make-up from her very first screen test at 20th Century Fox to doing her funeral make-up.
Here are some tips from the one and only...MM.
She used a powder to highlight certain spots on her face that she liked to accentuate.
She used up to 5 different red lipsticks at once to get her perfect red mouth. Her make-up artist would draw above the top lip curve with a white eyeliner (use a nude if you are a darker skinned gal) to make it look larger and more highlighted.
Also, she extended her top lip liner out at an angle above her lower lip (take a peek at the pic above!).
They would also dab a white eyeshadow in the center of her lips to make them look fuller and grab the light, as you can see in the photo above!
Marilyn's eyebrows were drawn into very pointed eyebrows, which was because she thought she had a wide forehead (...women and their insecurities), and adding such sharp peaks makes it look like your forehead doesn't take up so much room.
This is my favorite. Her MA would draw in a white triangle on the outer corner of her eye with a white eyeliner, and blend it outwards to brighten the eye. He also lined the waterline of her lower eye with white eyeliner, this was a very popular trick in that era (50's), to make the eyes look bigger and brighter on camera!
Next they usually used a brown eyeliner (contrary to all the popular Marilyn looks that use black), and drew the liner like I show in the red above, and slightly below the eye--LEAVING the white space on the corner UNTOUCHED. This trick makes the eye look wider, in combination with drawing the top eyeliner out longer. Gives it a doll-like feel. Obsessed.
I'll leave you with this MM quote...
Until next time...