Tip #1: Setting the Base
When it came to foundation, Marilyn didn’t wear that much actually, but there where a few products that she used as foundation.
1. Anita d’Foged Day Dew Make-up in Ivory Medium today it;s called, Anita of Denmark and believe it ot not this product is still on the market. check out ANITAOF DENMARK on line, but be prepared to call to get info, the site is kinda illusive with pictures and such.
2. Erno Laszlo Duo-pHase Loose Powder in Translucent light- this is still available
Active pHelityl Cream
Marilyn used this as a face protector as well as a mosisturizer.
Apparently Marilyn washed her face with Shu Uemera cleansing oil and then would splash her face 15 times with cold water to seal the pores. She would then wear Vaseline on her face as a moisturizer and would alternate between thin layers of Vaseline(or you could use Active pHelityl Cream, as she did later in her life) and powder(from the ones above and she also used Elizabeth Arden’s Pat-a-creme) to create a base. This is what gave her that beautiful glow. Although she did grow a thin layer of little baby-fine blonde hairs on her face for using hormone cream all of those years, it just added to her glow in the studio lighting.
Tip #2: Accenting Her Features
Marilyn was described as a true “artist” when it came to applying her make-up and she definitely knew how to accentuate her features. Here is a break-down of what she did to highlight her face, cheekbones, nose and eyes.
1. She used blush to enhance her cheekbones and shorten her nose. She would dab the blush on the tip of her nose and then would go over it with vaseline and powder. She probably would do this until the desired affect of the perfectly shaped nose was achieved. This way in photos she wouldn’t have a nose that looked too elongated.
2. Next, she would sweep blush across her cheekbones, underneath the top of the cheekbone(ever so lightly) and this would accent her cheeks. Her blushes were generally pink or coral.
3. Using a light light illuminating powder and/or a highlighter creme and blend around the nose, avoiding the tip of the nose but blend everything else around it! So use a cream to do this part and then put it in between your eyes(in those dark crevices by your nose). So the whole idea here is to highlight the whole area of your face that you want to look flawlessly light and also wider, which would be the eye area and the forehead area. Here is a good picture of Marilyn that will kind of show you that the top of her face is highlighted and the bottom is shadowed and contoured.
Quick-tip: You can always find your own little niches with make-up through trial & error. That’s what Marilyn did! I did
1. She would cover her eyelid with a lustrous white stick shadow, which she would use White Lustre by Elizabeth Arden, which I haven’t been able to find but you just need a shadow that is silky and won’t crease. She would apply it liberally all over the lid up to the brow bone.
There are three-steps to this process: the upper lashline, the lower lashline and the gap in between the liners on the outer edge of eye (sound confusing? I know, but hopefully it will make sense below).
Lower lash-line: This is the secret of all secrets to achieving the Marilyn eye. Take the pencil and start at the beginning of where your iris starts and line out and downward (not too far downward but just enough to look like it’s a line created by the shadow of your top lashes). This may sound silly but once you get it down it creates the illusion that you have a lower lashline that is to die for! It also opens up your eyes a tremendous amount!
Apply a golden peach all-over shimmer to entire face; focusing on the bridge of the nose, forehead and apples of the cheeks.Apply flesh tone shimmer eyeshadow all over the lid, from brow bone to lash line.Apply a rich light brown shimmer eyeshadow focusing on the crease.
Using a black liquid eyeliner and liner brush, line the top lid. Begin with a thin line at the inner corner, slowly becoming wider as you reach the outer corner of the eye. When at the outer corner, make a wing tip (bring the liner brush up and outward to mimic a wing).Follow with a volumizing black mascara.
Line the lips with a nude liner to prevent color from bleeding.Using a lip brush, apply a rich red (that suits your skin tone). Blot lips with a tissue and repeat; layering the lip color will allow it last longer and keep the color more true.
Things You’ll Need:
- Cream or liquid foundation
- Loose translucent powder
- Golden peach face shimmer
- Flesh tone shimmer eyeshadow
- Light brown shimmer eyeshadow
- Black liquid/cream eyeliner
- Black volumizing mascara
- Nude lip liner
- Rich red lipstick(suit skin tone)
- Eyeliner brush
- Lip brush
- Blush brush
- Powder brush
- Makeup sponge