Last week I wrote an article inspired by the timeless look of the legendary female actresses of the golden age of Hollywood, and saying that I’m still completely star-struck is an understatement!
I really wanted to talk about Marilyn Monroe’s lips because they have a legendary status of their own! In fact, I’m surprised they don’t have their own Wikipedia page!
Words have been invented to describe the alluring force of Marilyn’s lips! They are simply unparalleled, bewitching, breath-taking, arousing passion and desire, simply a masterpiece!
Naturally, I wanted to reproduce this masterpiece myself, so I went scouting for the right method and potential products, and I’m about to share my newly found wisdom with you: here’s how to do it!
There are several stages to creating Marilyn’s lips. Her technique was probably the earliest form of contouring; it is comprised of applying several shades of red, going from dark to bright, starting from the outside moving in, and applying lip gloss in the end.
The first stage is outlining the lips with a really dark colour. This gradient technique of applying darker tones on the outer edges of the lips and gradually moving inwards with lighter shades creates the illusion of depth.
So outline your lips with a dark lip liner, carefully focusing on following the curved angles of your lips. How about this one:
Go for the darkest shade – Ultimate. This lip liner is very suitable for make up stunts like this one: it’s got an automatic fine tip that allows a precise, professional application that defines the lips perfectly.
Don’t put away the lip liner box just yet! Now we have to fill the lips with colour, and we need to go for yet another liner, this time a red one.
Pick a red that’s not too intense. Lighter than the liner you’ve already used, but darker than the final colour you’ll use. This will create the base that will carry the main colour. Here’s an excellent suggestion:
This is a long-wear lip liner, which makes it the perfect base for your Marilyn Monroe lips!
Try the Black Tulip shade.
And we’ve come to the grand final, well almost, there is some finishing touches afterwards, but really, it is at this stage where we get to see the beautiful depth we’ve created.
Go for the brightest red colour lipstick that is based on orange pigments not purplish or pinkish ones.
I think trusting another sensationally beautiful woman famous for her own knack for creating timeless looks seems like a good way to go!
This is the first long-lasting lipstick collection that Kate Moss designed for Rimmel. This is a long-wear lipstick that lasts up to 8 hours. Perfect! Go for shade number 01.
And finally, add transparent lip-gloss to make your lips look full and sultry!
How about this:
It stays on for up to 6 hours, it has a comfortable non-sticky formula and a volume effect. The perfect finish to your Marilyn Monroe lips!