Inspiration for a 'Marilyn' makeup look of course arrived while looking through old photos of Marilyn Monroe. I was thrilled to paint a face with that old Hollywood allure. Marilyn's iconic look was very seductive in nature. To help widen her forehead, Marilyn's eyebrows were pointed at the arch, her face was highlighted and contoured to enhance her heart shaped face and her lips- always deliciously voluptuous, Last, but most certainly not least, Marilyn's eyes...let me give you a more detailed evolution on how to achieve this glamorous look as seen on my model, the fabulous Jamie Kimmel.
To begin, I highlighted Jamie's eyelids, brow bone, inner corners and a bit on the outer corners of her eyes to give a fake shadow illusion. The intention is to give the eye area a wide and awake look at all times. I chose to use some shimmer in my highlighting shadows, this isn't necessary but always an option when trying to recreate look.
Next, I chose a very natural eyeshadow color (you can use a matte color in brown or grey) and gently blended it into Jamie's crease area with the concentration on the outer crease to give depth.
Then, I lined Jamie's eyes with a black liquid eyeliner from the inner corners all the way to the outer corners, bringing the line out and up a little to help add to her signature look.
From there, using a similar black matte shadow, I enhanced her lower lash line by starting half way in and allowed the line to extend out beyond her lashes. This created the distinctive eye openness effect seen here on Jamie. It almost looks like a shadow has been given from the upper lash.
Lastly, curl lashes and coat with mascara before adhering Glad Lash's Marilyn Strip Lashes to the upper lash line. Make sure to try and place lashes in such a way so the inner corners are slightly moved inward, that way the outer corners of the fake lash can be placed on the extended line of the liquid eyeliner, thus finishing off the infamous signature gaze of Marilyn Monroe.
Old Hollywood Eye Glam at its finest. Get the Look!
Makeup Artist: Heather Coopersmith
Model: Jamie Kimmel
To see more of Heather Coopersmith's work, please visit, www.makeupthebride.com
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