A Modern Day Marilyn

 When this beautiful blondie stepped into my room, I was sure that I had met Marilyn Monroe’s doppelganger. Her naturally flawless skin, retro waves, and pouty lips resembled the beauty icon closely. She requested a dark smokey eye with sexy eyeliner so that her eyes really stood out in her bridal photos. I gave her a dewy complexion, paired with a soft pink Lancome lip to complete her vintage style. I know I have done similar looks to this one before, the difference with this is that we went heavy on the bottom liner as well as the top and I used the entire Lorac Pro Palette to achieve it. This makeup is pretty detailed, but is easier than it may appear.
 Learn all about it below…

Disclaimer: This style makeup may not be for you, she loved it, so please be courteous of others makeup styles. Thank you!

Get the look…
If you don’t have the Lorac Pro Palette, I would highly suggest purchasing it for yourself for Christmas or asking it as a stocking stuffer. It is a great universal and multi-use palette that will give you so many beautiful looks. I use at least one color from it for most of the looks I do and always love the way it blends on the eyes! Get it today!

  •  Apply MAC Painterly paint pot to the entire lid with your ring finger. This will be used as a base for the eyeshadows to stick and last long hours without creasing. 
  • Apply a matte white to the brow bone to add highlight after shaping the brows. This Lorac palette has a couple matte shadows, use “white”. I have used the Lorac Pro Palette for a lot of my bridal looks, the colors are great for dark or more natural shadows. 
  •  I shaped her brows with the NYX brow cake in “blonde”
  • Highlight the inner corners of the eyes using the shimmer color called “champagne” 
  • **^^^ I used this for the face highlight as well, details below. 
  • Darken the crease with “espresso” by using the blending brush in the outer corner in circles. This color will not be seen much, it is going to be used as a blending color over “painterly”.
  • Now go over that brown with the “black” shadow using the same blending brush. Don’t worry about being completely perfect when applying this because we will clean the corners with concealer. You want the outer corner to be extended quite a bit though, so go far out on corners. 
  • Apply the “gold” to the center of the lid with the Bdellium #774 shader brush – for a hint of shimmering color. 
  • Clean up the corners of eyes with a lip brush and concealer, draw a straight line from the outer waterline corner and straight out.
  • Line the top lid with the NYX black gel eyeliner and an angled liner brush, wing at end.
  • Line the bottom waterline all the way to inner corner with Essence smudge liner in “black fever”.
  • Smudge bottom lash line with the Bdellium #775 brush and the “black” Lorac shadow
  • Apply mascara to bottom and top lashes- I used the Mary Kay Love, its great for using over lash extensions. Look is complete. 

Tools used… 
Foundation: Airbrush Glamaire
Bronzer/Contour: Inglot #14
Yes I used shadow for highlight. There are no rules in makeup! So go ahead and have a little fun.
Lipgloss: MAC Fashion Scoop ** everyone needs this color
 The beautiful couple…
Chantel Marie Photography
Hairstyling: Aubry Pitcher
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  1. Gorgeous! Especially her glowing complexion. Loved the wedding shot…great looking couple! And you nailed her eyes…totally striking. LOVE that lip but when I clicked on the link my heart sank at the price. $30 is a little steep for me right now. Any dupes you know of? 🙂

  2. She is stunning – I love the makeup you did!! Hope she had a perfect wedding!!!

  3. She is Marilyn-esque. You did a gorgeous job on her makeup!!

  4. Stunning! Both the makeup and the girl. 🙂 I love the shape of her lips. And you used Mary Kay mascara! My heart went pitter-pat. I’m a Mary Kay consultant and I love makeup – I’m constantly browsing Pinterest and blogs for new ideas and techniques I can use to help my customers. I’ve been learning so much from your blog! One of my passions is taking the intimidation factor out of makeup. A lot of women I work with don’t wear much makeup and feel like they don’t know what they’re doing and I love showing them how easy it can be. So I super duper appreciate how you break down all the steps for all of the looks you do. You’re a great teacher. 🙂

  5. I love this! Very beautiful retro feel to it but not so much that you feel like you’re doing pinup makeup for Halloween. Amazing work as always!

  6. I absolutely love your blog! Can you please tell me what you used the Eco tools face brush for? I’m interested in what brushes you use for different things and, more importantly, that I’m using the brushes I have correctly!!

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