Get the look of your favourite famous Marilyn with these failsafe make-up tips...
A deep blackberry lip is a bold statement and a great way to toughen up a more feminine look, if you happen to be wearing non-edgy florals rather than a leather shroud. Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour in Black Orchid (£36, selfridges.com) is a surprisingly wearable shade which works splendidly for a vampy/gothic/Prince of Darkness vibe.
Technicolor lenses turned all reds orangey, so Marilyn’s on-set make up artist Whitey Snyder would use a blend of several blue-toned reds to achieve a “true red”. What a pain. Today, you can just smear on a slick of Russian Red by MAC (£14, maccosmetics.co.uk) and go straight to the pub.
This look works particularly well if you’ve been up all night shrieking and crying hysterically, and you want to conceal those tell-tale dark circles from your boss at today’s important business presentation. Simply apply Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Glamour (£3, boots.com) in an anti-clockwise motion from the upper inner eyelid. Repeat seven times, then blend.
Whitey Snyder famously used a white kohl pencil to line the inside of the starlet’s eyes, a trick still used by stage make-up artists to make eyes appear wider. We like Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Pure White (£2.99, boots.com). Pro tip: Do this in front of a man and watch him get completely grossed-out, because you are essentially poking yourself in the eye. Ha ha!
With such scene-stealing lips and eyes, you need a flawless backdrop, so invest in a good base. Beauty editors have gone mad for YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (£26, selfridges.com) which smooths out imperfections and illuminates the face. Try the palest shade, B10. OMG! You look like the prettiest corpse ever!
Marilyn’s face is a veritable masterclass in cunning contouring and highlighting. Grab Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (£18.50, boots.com) and apply on top of the cheekbone through to the corner of the eye, in the center of the chin, and on the forehead, for a sexy just-been-canoodling-with-a-president glow.
Words: Anna Hart
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