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.
She Took Beauty Sleep Very Seriously
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."
She Contoured Her Lips With Five Different Shades Of Lipstick
Those lips became iconic for a reason. Everyday, Marilyn Monroe contoured her pucker to perfection using no less than five different shades of lipstick. Her makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder, developed the technique. He used darker shades of red at the outer corners of the lips, keeping lighter shades in the middle to add some dimension. A light highlighter shade was used right in the middle of the bottom lip and on the cupid's bow to create a pouty effect.
She Said No To Tanning
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.
She Cut Her Fake Eyelashes In Half
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.