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.
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.
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.
The shape of your eyebrows totally depends on the shape of your face, but Marilyn Monroe knew exactly which shape would work for her round, cherub-like features. She favored arched brows with a slight angle, and had her makeup artist draw on her pointed brows whenever they worked together. She believed that a sharp peak would minimize the wideness of her forehead.
One of Marilyn Monroe's favorite moisturizers is still around today. Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Intensive Cream is still a celeb favorite. The thick cream has a strong floral scent and takes a few minutes to fully sink into the skin. It was a daily part of Monroe's getting ready routine, and she took her time when luxuriating!