Glow like Monroe: Beauty guide for the bride

Marilyn Monroe

Born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic blonde bombshell characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era’s changing attitudes towards sexuality. Monroe would have been 94 had she been alive today. The bombshell died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old. But the diva surely glowed like an angel and brides should take some cues from her. When it comes to skincare and make-up no one did it better than Marilyn Monroe. Wedding Affair brings to you a detailed step by step breakdown of the actresses’ skincare regime.

If you think today’s stars go to great lengths in the name of beauty, you might want to think again. It’s nothing compared to what the screen sirens of yesteryears did for vanity’s sake. From DIY techniques that you can easily add to your routine.

For Those Plump & Luscious Lips

When it comes to defining the eternal allure of Old Hollywood bombshell glamour, no woman has made more of an impact than Marilyn Monroe. Monroe’s own beauty routine is the stuff of legend, scoured over by countless women who remain captivated by her fresh-faced yet sultry look. To make her lips appear fuller, Monroe would have her make-up artist apply five different shades of lipstick and gloss in order to create dimension. Darker reds went on the outer corners while lighter hues were brushed on the middle of the lips. It’s easy to mimic Monroe’s full lips with any lipstick trio of your choice. Top it off with lip gloss to complete the bombshell look.

The Envious Glow

To achieve her signature on-camera glow, Monroe would apply thick layers of Vaseline or white Nivea Cream under her make-up, while dermatologist Erno Laszlo kept her well stocked in his Phormula 3-9—a reparative botanical balm. Specially created to heal a scar of hers and Active Phelityl Cream, an all-purpose moisturiser. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Pond’s, lanolin, and olive oil were also purportedly slathered over her skin, which she deliberately kept out of the sun.

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Luxurious Baths

Monroe wore five drops of Chanel No. 5 to sleep. But she was said to love the heady jasmine and Bulgarian rose perfume so much that she added pours of the fragrance to her ice baths too. An iconic black-and-white photo by Ed Feingersh shows her clutching a crystal bottle and applying No. 5 with a smile. You might prefer to wear your perfume fully dressed and out in public, but choose one product as your go-to fragrance. Once you embrace your scent, you’ll feel confident and put-together every time you spritz it on.

Wash Your Hair Less

To keep her bleach-blonde tresses from fading, Marilyn Monroe resisted washing, which would have faded the color. Between shampoo jobs, she was said to have applied baby powder on the roots of her hair. But you can substitute your daily suds with dry shampoo for a healthier mane.

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Beauty Sleep To Your Rescue

After plunging her face in a bowl of hot water each night, Monroe would grab anywhere from five to 10 hours of sleep in an extra-wide single bed, huddled beneath a heavy down comforter. She sometimes took two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness.

No Excessive Work Outs

Monroe was miles away from being a gym freak. The low-key Monroe stuck to a simple bust-firming routine. Two 5-pound weights, lifted above her head 15 times from a spread-eagle arm position. Then a second set repeated with her arms above the head, and again at a 45-degree angle—all performed bedside every morning. Until she got tired.

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