Marilyn Monroe Makeup Tutorial for Halloween

by |June 29, 2011

Marilyn Monroe is known for her embodiment of glamour, confidence and charm. Her classic look is unforgettable: platinum blonde curls, dramatic eyes, bright red lips, and, of course, her beauty mark. If you plan on dressing up as Marilyn or any other starlet for Halloween, you can't forget the makeup! You’ll need it to achieve the timeless 1950s look to complete your outfit. Our makeup expert has put together a step-by-step video on how to look just like a pin-up bombshell.


What you need: standard size makeup brushes, pink-peach blush, eye shadow primer, eye shadow (brown, champagne, and white), brow pencil in dark blonde, black eyeliner, black mascara, red lipstick, and red lip gloss.


  • Use your finger to spread eye shadow primer from your brow to your lashes.
  • With a fluffy blender brush, apply white eye shadow under both brows and in the inside corners below your lash line. This will make your eyes look bigger and brighter.
  • Take a smaller eye shadow brush and apply the brown shade in your crease line and directly above the lash line, creating a sideways "V" on your lid.
  • Apply the champagne-colored shadow over your lid with the fluffy brush and blend into the crease.



  • Line your eye with the black liner from inside to out, using short and smooth strokes. Feel free to extend past your eye a little to create a cat-eye look.
  • Apply black mascara generously to your top and bottom lashes.
  • Complete your eye look by coloring your eyebrows with a dark blonde pencil - just enough to make them look dramatic but still natural.

Marilyn Monroe Makeup



  • Apply pink-peach blush with a large blush brush. Follow the natural lines of your cheekbones.



  • Use a deep red lipstick to achieve Marilyn's timeless look. Then cover your lips with red gloss to make them stand out.



  • With black eyeliner, draw on the signature mole right above your laugh-line, between your nose and lip on the left side of your face.
  • Find the perfect blonde, curly wig and movie star dress to wear to your Halloween party. Marilyn loved accessorizing with diamond jewelry and long, satin gloves.
  • This look would look great with a cute pin up girl costume, too!

Marilyn Monroe Halloween Makeup

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MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.