Marilyn Monroe has been appointed the new global ambassador for Max Factor. I’m not sure what I think about Marilyn’s posthumous new job – particularly as the brand is taking credit for the iconic Marilyn ‘look’. This is a dubious claim with little corroborative evidence. The credit for Marilyn’s make-up goes partly to her first agent Emmeline Snively, who suggested she dye her hair platinum blonde, her make-up artist of many years, Whitey Snyder, and Norma Jean herself. However, there are some tricks from Marilyn’s classic look that are still relevant today. Whitey Snyder used to pat a little white powder to the centre of her lips to make them look plump and luscious. I’ve utilised Whitey’s secrets and dabbed Ambient Lighting powder to an orange-red lip. I love sharp, winged eyeliner to complete the classic, retro look. However, I’m often in a rush and a wonky slash of black liner looks rubbish. Instead I’ve gone for a smudge of Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencil, as I think it’s a contemporary spin on a classic, bombshell look. I’m afraid that my application of lip liner is cack-handed at best. I think it’s just about covered up by my generous use of lipstick and gloss.
The products I’ve used are: