Before Madonna. Before Gwen. Before Gaga. There was the original blonde icon who fancied black liquid eyeliner and sultry lips, in bright red, sexy pink, or not so demure nude (every shade worked on her)! Yes, we’re talking about Marilyn Monroe, a lady who pretty much epitomizes Hollywood glamour and always will, her irresistible meld of innocence and sultriness, playfulness and womanly mystique unmatched by any starlet since.
It’s about time Showbiz’ ultimate sexpot had a whole makeup collection named after her, right? Leave it to Gregory Arlt, Director Of Makeup Artistry for MAC cosmetics and self-proclaimed “beauty exorcist” to come up with luscious line for those who like it hot, like Marilyn. Arlt has worked with everyone (Stefani, Katy Perry, Cher, Dita Von Teese, Victoria Beckham, and the list goes on and on…) but Ms. Monroe served as his ultimate inspiration. The week before the line’s release he shared a bit with us.
“I love Marilyn Monroe and developed these shades as a modern approach to an iconic bombshell,” says Arlt. “There are shades for all skin-tones and reds to bring out your inner bombshell!”
Though Marilyn was born June 1 and died August 5, Arlt says, “the collection commemorates her birth and her passing.” Makes sense MAC would wait a couple months (the collection will be available next week, Oct 4) to put out the line. The seductive shades are perfect for the holiday season. Yes, rich movie star colors and shimmer and sparkle are a girl’s best friend, and this new collection proves, Monroe-style shine is timeless.