Halloween: Marilyn Monroe and Cat Lady.

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Before Halloween, I posted some suggestions on how to create a costume from scratch. Although overdone and slightly cliche, I went with Marilyn Monroe and a black cat. Here’s an update of what I came up with:

Costume #1: Marilyn Monroe

Marylin Monroe is a very simple costume, and I was surprised to find during my research that many women don’t make the effort to emulate her style completely. They threw on the blond wig, the white dress and called it a day. But she was so much more glamourous than that!

The Real Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Costume

Personally, I turned to Netflix to watch The 7 Year Itch. Then I spent way too many hours Googling pictures of her as well as make up tutorials. What I found, was that Marilyn had a very unique approach to getting glam. There are quite a lot of steps and products used. I found the key was to use as little of each product as possible. You want to look naturally glamourous, not too made up. The best makeup tutorial I found was this one:

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For the face:

  1. Use foundation and concealer to smooth out your complexion. I use Lancome Teint Idole and Revlon Photoready Concealer.
  2. Use a small round brush to swirl bronzer onto the temples, beneath the cheekbones, and down towards your chin. Think of making a 3 shape.
  3. Use the bronzer to contour the sides of your nose. One thing I learned was that Marilyn felt her nose was too big and had her make-up artist create the illusion of a thinner nose. This was even after she had a nose job! (Was she crazy? Her nose was fine…) When it comes to bronzer, I always use the Sephora Sun Disk.
  4. Use peach blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend with the bronzer beneath the cheekbones. I recommend Nars Orgasm. Classic peach blush!
  5. Use highlighter above the the cheekbones, in the middle of your forehead, and down the middle of your nose. I used a loose white/gold eye shadow from Lancome that I’ve had for years.
  6. Use a brown eye-liner pencil to draw in her beauty mark. (Un)lucky for me, I have a lovely little acne scare in the same spot. I just shaded it in.

For the eyes, I studied the following image that I found on The Glam Guide. The detail in the eye-shadow is exaggerated to depict the contouring and shading. Urban Decay’s Naked Eye Shadow Palette is perfect for this.

  1. Prep your eyes with Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer, cover with foundation, concealer, and set with a loose powder like Revlon Color Stay Aqua.
  2. Sweep beige over the lid, just up to the crease. (UD’s Naked)
  3. Blend a darker shade of biege into the crease and into the outer corner of the eye. Blend slightly upwards. (UD’s Buck)
  4. Brush a pearly white shadow in the inner corner of the eye as well as directly under the brow. (UD’s Virgin)
  5. Using a angled eye-liner brush, draw a thin line on the upper lash line and wing out towards the end of your eye brow. Then (without dipping the brush for more liner) use the same brush to gently line the lower lash line from the middle outwards. Draw a subtle wing straight out from the lower lash line. This is meant to look like a shadow from your voluptuous lashes. Major emphasis on gently and subtle. I use Maybeline Gel Eyeliner, which is the same eyeliner I use every day.
  6. Coat your lashes with lots and lots of mascara (Lancome Hypnôse Drama is my all-time favorite) and some false lashes. I used Ardell 136, but just look for a shape that gradually extends in length as it reaches the outer corner of your eyes.
  7. Using a very small brush, place a white dot on the inner corner of the eye and line the lower lash line half way. Also sweep a thin line under the main arch of the brow and between the two black wings. (Lancome Drape.)

For the lips:

  1. Easy. Red, red, red! You need to find a shade that looks best with your skin tone. I would recommend going into a department store, find your favorite brand, and have someone help you. Try a few on before you make a final decision. Personally, I wear Nars Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella Scarlet Red.

Costume #2: Cat Lady… I mean… Cat.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am one creepy cat lady. I just love them. They’re so cute! Ugh, if only I could have one in my little apartment. Anyway, because of this affection for felines, I feel like it’s a little less cliche pour moi to be a cat for Halloween than any other girl just tryin’-a-be sexy.

For this costume I purchased some black ears at a local Halloween store, threw on my faux leather trousers from Zara, a blank tank from H&M, Ann Taylor Cardigan, and some sexy little boots. I also added some fingerless black gloves for fun.

Rawr.
Rawr.

For the face:

  1. Use foundation and concealer to smooth out your complexion. I use Lancome Teint Idole and Revlon Photoready Concealer.
  2. Use a small round brush to swirl Sephora Sun Disk Bronzer onto the temples, beneath the cheekbones, and down towards your chin. Think of making a 3 shape.
  3. Use peach blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend with the bronzer beneath the cheekbones. Again, I recommend Nars Orgasm.
  4. Using a black pencil eye-liner, draw three little dots on either side of your upper lip (right below your nose), three whiskers on either side of the nose, and of course, a little black nose. Try to make the top of the nose slightly-heart shaped.

For the eyes:

  1. Prep your eyes with Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer, cover with foundation, concealer, and set with a loose powder like Revlon Color Stay Aqua.
  2. Cover the entire eye lid up the crease in black eye-shadow. Continue the line up towards the end of your brow. (UD’s Creep)
  3. Draw a thick black line along the upper lash line and into the thick wing you just created with the shadow. Blend the eyeliner into the shadow over your lid.
  4. Start a thin line in the middle of the eye along the bottom of your lower lashes. Continue the line into the wing.
  5. Using a white pearly shadow, highlight your brow bone and the inner corner of your eyes. (UD’s Virgin)
  6. Add falsies, if desired. I did not on this particular day. (I was too lazy, though normally I would have.)

For the lips:

  1. Nars Lipstick in Belle de Jour
  2. Lancome Juicy Tube in Miracle

Happy Halloween!!

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