How To Achieve a Mischievous Marilyn Classic Pin-Up Look Makeup Tutorial

A classic pinup look has five key elements: a flawless pale base, crisp brow, candy pink cheeks,winged black liner and a bold red lip. This timeless look makes a statement without saying a word. The pin up look breaks the rules of makeup by emphasizing every feature instead of playing up one and keeping the others understated. However, when applied correctly, this look seems perfectly well-balanced.  Some call this the “Marilyn look,” named after Marilyn Monroe.  Celebrities such as Dita Von Teese and Adele have rocked this look on many occasions. For this tutorial, I used Red Apple Lipstick’s upcoming pressed mineral eye shadows E1, E8 and E12 along with Red! and Reddy Or Not gluten free lipsticks by Red Apple Lipstick![hr]

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We’re going to do things a bit out of order for most women and start with the eyes. This is so we can create precise lines and clean up any fallout without creating blemishes on our base. Select a very light nude color (E8) close to your skin color and apply this all over the lid, packing it on all the way up to your brow bone.



Next, use a blending brush with a matte brown color (E12) that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone and work this into your crease. You want to blend this out to create a flawless, gradient effect. Blend this to the brow with a pure white shadow. (E1)




Line your eyes to create the perfect cat eye effect. Start at the middle of your eye working outward then create another thinner line to connect your inner corner to the middle of your eye lid. You may choose to thicken the liner as you reach the corner, depending on your eye shape and preferred look.


Apply a very thick coat of truly black mascara or add false lashes for added drama. Go back in and darken your brows with a dark brow pencil. Even if you’re blonde, pick a color about 5 shades darker to create sharp, dark brows. Use tiny strokes and create a crisp shape. You can round out your eyebrows or give them a dramatic angle as long as you keep the edges precise.




[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Begin with a foundation that is slightly lighter than your natural skin color. You’re going to want a full coverage, matte finish. Apply generously and blend it in with your fingertips so that the foundation melts into your skin. Make sure to use a detail brush to evenly spread your foundation up to your winged liner. Top this off with a translucent powder or one in the same shade as (or lighter than) your foundation. Finish this off with bubblegum pink cheeks. Make sure you go with a matte color and blend the color in completely for a natural glow.






Next come the lips. Line your lips with Brick, creating a full, round shape as seen HERE! You want that “pillow lips” look. Fill in your lips with the liner so that there will be no strange lines between your lipstick and the skin surrounding your lips. Next, grab your favorite red lipstick and apply using a firm lip brush for the most precise application.




I find that Reddy Or Not suits me best for day time but Red! is a great option for an evening look.For a daytime look, opt for a lighter shade and save the deep, sultry reds for when the sun goes down.









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And there you have it-a flawless face that looks gorgeous, clean and classic. Where would you wear this look? Describe an outfit you’d pair with this look and pick up one of these amazing shades today! 

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Rachel Shaterian of says

For a girl who doesn’t do glam makeup that often (but wishes I could!) this look seems possible! It turned out SO pretty, but the steps were doable! Keep it coming! :)



  1. says

    I LOVE how the sex-appeal look of Marilyn is so clearly taught here in steps! Your tutorials always make it so easy:-D (Even I might be able to pull off some of these techniques and looks without appearing as a ridiculous 50-something risquè gal). Thanks for sharing all the great step-by-step photos! A picture is truly worth a thousand words. When will it be my turn to come into your make-up chair and be dolled up like this???:-D

    • Jennifer says

      You’re welcome anytime! :) You can DEFINITELY pull this off! You can make the winged liner as bold or as subtle as you like! Plus, everything I used was matte so your skin looks flawless-no matter if you’re 16 or 66! Thank you for the kind words!

  2. says

    I love this look–it’s so classically elegant! And you did a fabulous job applying the eyeliner. It can take a little practice to get it just right, but it’s worth it.

    I’ve been incredibly excited about the new RAL eyeshadows, and I’m even more excited after seeing this post :)

    • Jay Adam Harper says

      Fun Part is!!! That she used our upcoming eye shadows AND she used our completely unannounced gluten free liquid eye liner :)

    • Jennifer says

      Thanks! I’m glad you like the look! The eyeshadows are seriously the best I’ve ever used-I’m not just saying that! I’ve used (literally) hundreds of brands so I think that statement holds some validity! :)

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