How to Do Marilyn Monroe Makeup

We’re here this week with veronica and she is going to show us how to do an ICONIC makeup look.

This tutorial is going to be all about how to do Marilyn Monroe’s classic red lips and winged eyeliner look. This look has been around since at least the 1950’s and it is definitely one that is going to stand the test of time. What’s even better is that it’s a very simple and easy look to recreate.

Even today, Hollywood's hottest stars are still rocking this classic look on the red carpet. Most notably, recording star turned makeup mogul, the “bad girl” Rihanna has been seen rocking a modern contoured and highlighted twist on this iconic look

This amazing makeup look features a soft brow and winged liner with subtle, tapered lashes to create a ‘cat-eye’ look, as well as a perfect crimson pout to set this iconic look off.

Creating the Look

Step 1: Primer

Every great look should start with face primer!

Today, Veronica is testing out a new facial primer, the Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer. This is a matte primer that is designed to fill in pores and fine lines, as well as reduce the shine of oils on the skin. A good primer will prevent you from having to reapply your makeup throughout the day.  

This primer feels a bit different than other primers. Whereas most primers have a very light velvety feel to them, this particular primer almost feels a bit more wet than the others.  

With this particular primer, you should pat gently with fingertips to apply rather than rubbing as you would with most other primers. Rubbing this product on will cause it to roll and peel off the face.

Step 2: Tinted Moisturizer

To apply the tinted moisturizer, you need to once again gently pat with your fingers (just like you did with the primer.) This way you won’t run the risk of rubbing off the layer of primer and having to start over again.

Step 3: Powder

Next, you want to apply a layer of lightweight powder to seal the look of your skin tone, again applying with a gentle patting motion.

Step 4: The Eyebrows

For this look, you really want to keep a very soft brow. You don’t want to go too dark and overemphasize the brows, as that is not the focal point of the look.

Using a couple of neutral light brown shades from your favorite palette, fill in your brows every so slightly. (Veronica’s favorite is the Tartelette Palette)

The basic guideline here is to use a shade that is not much darker than your normal brow color. Choose a color that is within one to two shades of your natural brow color for a natural look.

When filling the brows, you don’t want to fill your brush with too much pigment. What you are going for is a very subtle feathered look, so only apply a small bit of pigment at a time.

PRO TIP: It’s always easier to apply more pigment, than it is to remove it when you use too much. When you begin to apply color to your brows it is important to keep in mind that the first stroke of the brush will always deposit the most pigment.

Step 5: The Eyes

Start by applying some white eyeliner just on the water line of the eye.

Next, apply your eyeliner to the bottom lash line. You shouldn’t bring this line all the way in to the inner corners of the eyes. Rather, you should extend it from about the center of the eye to just beyond the outer corner.

This will create the essential 60’s cat eye look.

With the bottom liner done, your look should be coming together.

Next up, a touch of light mascara on the bottom lashes.

For the top winged liner, Veronica recommends using the  Kat Von D. Tattoo Liner. This is a great liner with a fine tip that is great for small details. It also applies very clean and evenly.

While you apply the liner, make sure to keep the wing nice and sharp. Then you’re ready to move on to lashes.

Start by applying a layer of mascara to your natural lashes before applying the strip lashes.

We recommend using a pair of ‘dirty flirt’ vegan lashes from dollar eyelash club. These 3D faux mink lashes are great for this look because they are a little bit tapered, which is perfect for the cat eye look. This dollar lash club has your covered for all your lash needs!

With the lashes applied, your cat-eye winged liner look is finished! Now you’re ready for lip color.

Step 6: The Lips

You want to start by using a liner. For more lip definition, use a color about 1 or 2 shades darker than your lip stain color. Veronica is using an Aveda Lip Liner.

Next, you’re ready to apply your core lip color.Veronica is using a Kat Von D lip stain in the shade ‘underage red’. We LOVE Kat Von D. lip stains because they are deep pigment stains that last all day long and don’t usually require a lot of touching up even after eating or drinking.

Step 7: Contour

You don’t want to overemphasize the contour for this look. You just want to create a bit of definition to really set this look off.

Final Look

Voila! The look is all done. Even after 12 hours, the primer that Veronica had a bit of difficulty applying in the beginning of the video has held up quite nicely, and her skin still looks really even and uniform, but this isn’t her favorite. So the search for the best primer continues.

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