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How to Achieve Your Glamourous Marilyn Monroe Makeup!


I’ve made a few posts about how to get Marilyn lips, and to use white eyeshadow like she often did. But here’s the whole look together! I definitely don’t look like her and don’t have her trademark smile down, but this is my take on it! Here’s the makeup steps on-by-one so you can get the look too! 🙂

1. First apply foundation all over your face, I used Korres Wild Rose Brightening Foundation in color Wrf2. This is available at Sephora, and the great thing about it is it’s organic and healthy for your skin.

2. I then concealed any blemishes or redness with L’Oreal’s Visible Lift line minimizing concealer in the “fair” shade. I used this under my eyes as well.

3. Marilyn was a master at shading and highlighting different parts of her face, and so I used Mac’s “White Jeanus” eyeshadow on my chin, down my nose, under my eyebrows, and on the center of my forehead.

4. For my cheeks, I used Mac blush in Sun Basque, and applied it directly under my cheekbones to highlight them.

5. I dusted bronzer on the sides of my forehead, under my chin, and along my temples like she displays in the picture. I used Mac blush Sincere.

6. For my eyes- I used Mac’s White Jeanus again on the entire lid, and inner corners.

7. Marilyn uses a dark brown shade on the outer corners of her eyes and along her crease, to emphasize her eyes. For this I use Mac blush in Sincere again, because it’s a nice matte brown color.

8. She always applied false lashes- In this picture I’m wearing a brand called Fashion Lashes available at CVS.

9. After the eyelashes are applied, I used an angled liner brush from Sephora #15 to get the eyeliner right up on the crease, over the false lashes.

10. For eyeliner I used L’Oreal’s eyeshadow quad in Pink Persuasion, and used the sparkly black shade.

11. For my lips, I outlined them with Makeup Forever’s waterproof lipliner in shade 14C. (This is my makeup must-have- it goes with everything!)

15. For my lipstick, I used Sephora brand in shade RO4. It’s a blue-red, the color Marilyn often wore.

16. Over that, I applied Mac lipstick in Brave Red to give it a more mauve look, instead of so bright. Marilyn often mixed several lipcolors together to create the perfect shade of red.

17. I have naturally darker eyebrows then her, so I lightened them by using the L’Oreal concealer in fair over them, then used my angle brush to color them in a more gold tone. I like L’Oreal’s HIP studio secret shade in Precious.

And voila! Get ready to turn heads with your ultra-glam Marilyn look. This works for everyone of all shades and hair colors, just tweak the colors a bit to match your skin tone. If you do the Marilyn look, take a picture and send it in! I’ll feature all of you guys on here!

Image: Courtesy Nicole Weider


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  1. Posted by on June 18, 2011 at 06:42

    People critizing you for this are ridiculous.
    1.) Everyone knows that Marilyn wasn’t a good role model, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that she was GORGEOUS!
    2.) This is a post about beauty. Marilyn was BEAUTIFUL. If it was a post about how to live a virtous life, then Marilyn wouldn’t be the best choice
    3.) It’s stupid to suggest that wearing this exact same style of make-up would suddenly be “okay” if a Christian woman was wearing it. Wrong is wrong. Right is right, no matter who its coming from.

    We shouldn’t be emulating he ungodly Character, but all women should try to emulate his GOD GIVEN beauty.

    You are so amazing Nicole!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by RuthOneSixteen on January 25, 2012 at 11:11

      Is there some reason I have tried to reply twice to you yet it doesn’t get through? Am I serious being censored because someone doesn’t like that I’m pointing out how ungodly Marilyn was?!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 19, 2011 at 00:19

      Sarah- thank you so much for sticking up for me, this is exactly what I was trying to do with this post!

  2. Posted by on May 23, 2011 at 17:17

    Why are you talking about outer beauty in the Real Beauty section? I love the beauty tips, but isn’t life more than just about outward beauty?

  3. Posted by on May 8, 2011 at 21:22

    It looks nice!! It looks really good!:)

  4. Posted by on May 8, 2011 at 18:23

    Marilyn Monroe posed nude for “Playboy” and several other publications, including her final photo shoot in 1962. She was also very promiscuous, with many “love” affairs – including one with the MARRIED Presdient John F. Kennedy. I find it really hypocritical of you to post articles putting down girls like Ashley Tisdale for posing nude, yet you glamorize Marilyn Monroe.
    Yes, she is and will always be a Hollywood icon, but Marilyn Monroe is really not a good role model for young girls.
    I will definitely not allow my daughter to view your web site anymore, you obviously have no idea what you are talking about and I don’t want her to think that it’s okay to emulate a person of low morality such as Marilyn Monroe.

    • theteenfashionista

      Posted by theteenfashionista on October 7, 2016 at 11:54

      Zoe, that is judgemental. It is not your job to judge Marilyn for what she did. She–and all other Hollywood stars–are sinners just like you.

    • Posted by Nicole on May 8, 2011 at 22:22

      Hey Zoe- I’m not suggesting Marilyn Monroe as a role model for how someone who should live their life. But, she had a real talent with makeup and how to enhance her features using it. She has a classic Hollywood glamour look so what’s wrong with wanting to wear makeup like her? So what you’re saying is that all girls who want to wear white eyeshadow and red lipstick are looking up to her as a role model? I don’t quite make that connection. I think there’s a difference between appreciating her beauty and copying her lifestyle. Also, I’ve read a lot about her and although she made some poor decisions in her personal life, she was a very kind and goodhearted person who made mistakes and got sucked in by the lure of Hollywood, and she can actually provide good lesson to girls in that way. It would be a shame to not let your daughter enjoy the many positive messages from my website because you’re rejecting a light-hearted article about makeup. It’s so interesting how the moment you express your love for God, you’re also supposed to give up all things that don’t have to do with God, and be put on a guilt trip. This is a false choice, and it’s sad because it scares many girls away from God because they feel too much pressure. That’s what my whole mission is about- to show young girls that they can enjoy life, have nice things, be cool AND worship God. Too many people try to put “Christians” in a box and it’s not fair because we’re still people that live in the real world. I hope that you’ll reconsider and let your daughter see Project Inspired, because unfortunately there’s not many places where girls can read about Christianity, from someone who they can relate to that’s not a 50 year old pastor. Girls want to read from other girls who feel the same way. Make sense?

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by RuthOneSixteen on January 25, 2012 at 11:08

        Nicole, being “nice” doesn’t make you a good role model. And also, you neglect the fact that she left Jesus to convert to Judaism… for her HUSBAND. And the other fact that she frequently popped pills till it killed her. She was obsessed with nudity and promoted casual sex, premarital sex, she even had a one night stand with another actess.

        She was not a Christian and did NOT try to live a good lifestyle. You say her story can be used as a warning but that is clearly not why you like her. You seem fascinated with her beauty and glamour, very shallow things. And that is an extremely POOR reason to look up to someone and costantly reference them on a site meant to help Christian girls.

        If you love Marilyn so much, you should also love Katy Perry and Lindsay Lohan, because they are almost exactly like her. In fact Lindsay is so close it’s scary. so why won’t you? You call out Disney girls and Gaga which I admire you for but you glamorize Marilyn and Elizabeth Taylor- 2 famously self-centered homewreckers who REFUSED to follow Jesus and live godly lives- and neglect the fact that they lived ugly lifestyles. It’s very hypocritical and your obsession honestly worries me a bit.

  5. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 12:37

    Hey Nicole! First let me say that I thought this website was a great idea, full of helpful things for girls like myself that are struggling to find their identity, which ulitmately only comes from Jesus Christ.:) What I wanted to ask, however, is why you would encourage girls to try and “achieve the glamorous look” of someone who was a widely know sex-symbol of her generation? The fact that you speak out against the Cosmo magazine that makes girls feel like we have to give up our bodies to men, and teaches us “tricks” do so, and then post an article like this? It seems a little bit contradictory. Marilyn Monroe was no doubt beautiful, but her lifestyle , and the way she toyed with men definately was not. Is that who you want girls to try and look like? Just food for thought. 🙂 No offense to you was intended, by the way. I just merely wanted to know the thought process behind the article.

    Sarah (16)

    • Posted by Nicole on May 8, 2011 at 22:28

      Hey Sarah- will you please read my long response above? It addresses this issue. 🙂

  6. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 23:31

    You’ve got similar cheeks to her, and your coloring is the same. lucky! she is so pretty. I’ll try this look out thanx so much Nicole!

    • Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 17:00

      ….wha? their coloring is NOTHING alike. you must not have looked at either pic.

  7. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 23:30

    Nicole you have her look down! I’m going to do mine and then send it in to you and see what you think. This is going to be fun!

  8. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 16:55

    This is so pretty! Nicole, you are beautiful! I’m not sure if this is the best place to ask, but I was wondering if anyone who reads this could keep a young boy named Connor Bourke in your prayers? He suffers from a very rare form of brain cancer, and needs prayers desperately. Thank you! 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on May 4, 2011 at 17:33

      Thank you Michaela! I prayed for Connor just now, and he will be in my upcoming prayers too….

  9. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 15:25

    This is awesome I love experimenting with my makeup, even if I’m not doing anything special. (:

    • Posted by Nicole on May 4, 2011 at 15:47

      I promise you’ll have a ton of fun doing this look! I’d love to see a picture Breanna 🙂

  10. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 14:01

    I would seriously try this, but I have extremely fair skin and red hair, so I don’t know if red lipstick would work well with that… Do you have any ideas?

    • Posted by Nicole on May 4, 2011 at 14:05

      Hi Audrey- yes it will! Red hair and fair skin is so beautiful, and with this makeup you seriously CAN get this look. Try the lipstick in this shade, it will look great with your hair color because this particular shade is universally flattering to fair, olive, and dark skin tones. Let me know if you do this, and send in a picture!

  11. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 13:22

    That lip color is fab 🙂

  12. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 13:21

    I love her!! you did a great job Nicole recreating this!

  13. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 13:20

    This look is so pretty! I’m going to try it this weekend.