LETS start with the base. It’s important to achieve a relatively flawless finish. I know, this may appear quite an impossible task ESPECIALLY if, like me, you are dealing with an altogether imperfect canvas. Smooth out those lumps and bumps with a deep cleanse and an indulgent face mask. Even film-stars have suffered through clogged teenage pores. When will they make facial poly-filler? Just make the best of what you’ve got. HEAVY duty concealer is your best friend for this look – well it was certainly mine.
WITH a Marilyn look it’s all about the hair. I’m not suggesting you crack open the bleach – brunette, red head or natural blonde, this look is easy to emulate. Marilyn is all about the curls. ALL you need to copy her look is a small barrelled curling iron and some curling clips – mine are Babyliss and you can pick them up in Boots OR Superdrug. Curl small sections for about ten seconds at a time. Remove the barrel and hold onto the curl. Let it cool down and roll it into pin curls, holding it together with a clip. REPEAT this step all over your head and leave it there for as long as you have the time – spritzing it lightly with a holding spray – Elnette.
AS far as make up, this bit is easy. APART from the distinctive Marilyn mole, which I would like to add is DEFINITELY optional… This look is pretty basic. Use a smoothing primer such as ‘Baby-skin’ or the Body Shop blur creme. Use a pale, but flawless finish foundation; I like to use my classic Mac mineralise foundation in Nc15. Add a light bronze and a lot of highlighter to get that HOLLYWOOD glow.
THIS look is all about the eyes and lips. FOR my Marilyn eyes I started with a base coat of MAC’s creme coat ‘Painterly’ to eliminate bood-lines and creases – topping it off with some Hoola bronzer applied with a real techniques shading brush. A thin black line is next applied close to the eyelash line in that CLASSIC Monroe shape – subtle but sexy. Lips, where else would we look but MAC – Ruby Woo it is. Easy AND Sexy. Marilyn to a T… Excuse the pun. Eyebrows are the last crucial stage of this look. It is important to achieve that high arch and bold look. Think Cara Delevigne with a facelift. Make it strong THIS will make it more modern. Darken up your brows to add definition and create a more youthful finish.
FINALLY, take out the pin curls, get on a red dress and as Taylor would say “shake it off” run your fingers through those curls and back comb the front… THERE you have it. Modern Marilyn, how did I do? WELL anyway, it was fun.