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:

Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere in 20 Beige

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly

Clinique Airbrush concealer

Mac Lipstick in So Chaud 

Mac Lipliner in High Energy

Lip gloss by Lipstick Queen in Virsurvian Red

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow pencil in Golden Quartz 

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallette 


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