Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Marilyn Monroe Inspired Makeup FOTDs

Hi everybody,

A couple of nights ago, I went through my picture folder in the old laptop ("Lappie") and realized I have so many FOTD pictures. During my thesis writing months, whenever I got bored or tired from writing, I stood up, went to the bathroom, and played with my makeup. Sometimes, the looks were really good. Other times, they failed miserably. Little did I know how many looks I did and how well they accumulated since September (or October.)

As you may know, I am a fan of Kevyn Aucoin's book "Making Faces" (review here.) In there, he did a Marilyn Monroe inspired look that is glamorous yet very easy to do. As I got closer to my defense, my makeup routine became very simplified and I relied heavily on Sephora Beauty Fever palette for eye and cheek makeup. Little did I know how versatile this little palette is until I did this look and since then, I rely on the palette and this simple method to look pulled together fast.

The legendary Marilyn Monroe

Before I continue, I need to emphasize there's no way on the great green Earth that I resemble the great MM. I'm just an Asian girl who loves makeup, that's all. The essence of Marilyn Monroe makeup is light eye shadows, downcast eyes, and red lips. In "Making Faces", Kevyn Aucoin wrote great instructions on this look and I highly encourage you to read it.

Want to see how I look? Come after the jump!

Look 1

Look at my t-shirt ;)

What I used


(L-R) Almay Pure Blends in Lavender and Sephora Beauty Fever palette

Mix #1 and 2 together and apply to the eyelid with an eyeshadow brush, then use MAC 217 brush to apply eyeshadow #3 to the crease. To highlight, mix #1 and 4 together and apply with the same brush to the area underneath the brow bone.

Line your upper lash line and apply mascara.

Semi-close eye

Cheeks and Lips

Apply the darker blush in the Beauty Fever palette to your cheeks, using a blush brush
Layer NYX Gardenia and NYC Retro Red on your lips for a stunning rouge pucker.

Look 2: Same concept but more neutral

This is a more neutral look that's suitable for daytime
I used LORAC Hollywood Heat eyeshadow trio for my eyes, a pink blush on my cheeks, and Rimmel London Airy Fairy lipstick on my lips
"Why so tired?" you may ask
"Because I took this picture around midnight, sweetheart!" I said.

I used Gold Charge Chrome eyeliner from L'Oreal HiP on the lower lash line to perk up this look

Semi-close eye

If you don't have enough time to do your makeup, the Marilyn look is very simple and glamorous. I was walking around my apartment in awe of how simple yet gorgeous my eye makeup looked. It does not take longer than 5 minutes to do your eyes and since the colors are not dark, this look is pretty much goof-proof. When coupled with crimson lips, you get a festive look for the holiday season. However, if you go with a nude color, this is absolutely perfect for the office.

I hope you will find this look helpful. Please let me know what you think, ok?


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  1. I love that first pic with the red lips! Very glam. I really like that flick you did with your eyeliner. :)

  2. I love the first look. It's so simple and glamorous. And red lips look great on you!

    The second look is very pretty too. Love the golden liner, it's a very nice touch.

  3. I want that Sephora palette T_T Hey, I don't know why... maybe it's bc I'm viewing this on Google Chrome... but the names and dates on the comments get overlapped. Thought you should know!

  4. Hi Witoxity,

    Thank you so much! I love those red lipsticks very much, they are really pigmented. I guess I can add "mastering the cat eyes" to my list of accomplishment :)

  5. Hi Gio,

    Thank you very much, this is a very versatile and simple look. I relied so much on it for the past few weeks. The gold eyeliner probably is one of the greatest purchases I did for this year.

  6. Hi Sandra,

    Thanks, I'm glad you like it!

  7. Hi Alien man,

    Yeah, I noticed the overlap, too. I've tried to fix it since forever but my coding is not so good. Maybe I'll reskin my blog and it'll solve the situation.

    I don't know if you still can get that palette, though. I bought it a year and a half ago. The pigmentation is ok, I would not say "Hail Mary" on it. However, it's a nifty all-in-one palette that has everything. I think NYX just came out with something similar for $25 at Cherry Culture.

  8. omg... you know how much of a nyx freak i am

    i wish they'd make a palette of their chrome or ultra pearl shadows T_T

  9. Hi Alienman,

    I wish they come up with an ultra pearl e/s palette, too! I find the texture of chrome and ultra pearl to be extremely similar, and we all know which one is cheaper ;)

  10. Hi

    I really like your eye shadow tutorial bacause i am also a monolid. followed u already. Do visit me at


  11. Hi Lavender,

    Aw, thank you so much! I'm glad you like this tutorial and thank you for following me. I'll come over your blog soon :)


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