Marilyn Monroe's Beauty Secrets 

Jessica L. Yarbrough
Updated June 14, 2019 12.5k votes 3.3k voters 375.5k views 13 items

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Thanks to Instagram, YouTube, and reality TV, you can get insights into your favorite beauty gurus’ makeup techniques on a daily basis, and apply their glamorous tips in an instant. The beauty secrets of style icon Marilyn Monroe are harder to come by, though. But who doesn't want an intimate look at Monroe's routine?

Nailing that signature Marilyn Monroe style isn’t easy. The bombshell blonde was meticulous when it came to applying makeup and taking care of her skin - which is probably why the Marilyn Monroe makeup routine is so legendary, even decades after her untimely demise.

Wondering how to look like Marilyn Monroe? These inventive beauty hacks will give you all the tools you need to transform into a screen siren.

She Cut Her Fake Eyelashes In Half
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The magic of Marilyn Monroe was that she managed to look incredibly glamorous and totally relatable at the same time. Part of that impossible-to-pinpoint allure had to do with her trick for natural-looking lashes. To get longer, thicker lashes that still looked natural, Marilyn Monroe cut her falsies in half and only applied the miniature strip to the outer corners of each eye.

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She Took Beauty Sleep Very Seriously
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Photo: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical/Getty Images

Marilyn Monroe's bedtime routine started when she plunged her face into a hot bowl of water as an evening beauty treatment. From there, she would undress completely (Monroe famously hated PJs and nightgowns) and crawl into her extra-wide bed with a luxurious down comforter. She knew how to sleep in, too. The star shared

"On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, I sometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness."

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She Said No To Tanning
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Photo: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis Historical/Getty Images

Marilyn Monroe wasn't a fan of the tan. She once noted said:

"Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more attractive... or any healthier, for that matter. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blonde all over."

Monroe stayed out of the sun and slathered her face in cold cream and lanolin. 

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She Contoured Before Kim K
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Photo: Kristine/Flickr

Ever wonder how contouring began? Well Marilyn Monroe was one the earliest to try it, of course! Her makeup artist used blush to contour her cheeks, as is customary - but then he took it a step further by using blush to contour Monroe's nose. Just a dab of pink powder at the tip created a shortening effect, making her nose look more button-like.

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