Marilyn Monroe‘s unique and astounding beauty has been the goal of many a makeup guide since she first appeared. Unfortunately, looking like Marilyn is a pretty difficult prospect. But thanks to modern technology, by which we mean Pinterest, it is possible to hunt down some of the more useful hair and makeup guides and skip out on the ones that make the models look more like Barbie dolls than Marilyn Monroe.

1. Marilyn Monroe hair tutorial


This one really looks close to Marilyn’s hair.

2. My Week with Marilyn hair tutorial


I’m not sure if it’s better to look like Michelle Williams or Marilyn Monroe, but this will get you a hairstyle that works for both of them.

3. Marilyn Monroe tutorial for long hair


Marilyn Monroe usually had pretty short hair. If yours is longer than hers, here’s a good tutorial on how to fake it from YouTube beauty expert Cherry Dollface.

4. How to get Marilyn’s curls without heat


Want to set your hair the way Marilyn did? (Or the way you would have to set your hair if you were in prison, like Morello on Orange is the New Black.) Try this heat-free hair-setting tutorial.

5. How to set pin curls like Marilyn Monroe

c30379a239cfe985eb2a735a8504a22bPhew, this looks complicated. For a truly authentic Marilyn style, try these pin curls.

6. Marilyn Monroe makeup supply list

075232f345546d8d130f6297e51babd5These are apparently the supplies you’ll need for a decent Marilyn look.

7. Marilyn makeup tutorial

658f43785311dc10f15608a677f66d4aThis look pays a lot of attention to getting that “sleepy” eye that was so much a signature of Marilyn’s iconic look.

8. Marilyn’s highlight map

82adf153bb911b707c706e627c41140dMarilyn Monroe made good use of highlighter. This awkward Paintbrush map shows you where she put it, and where you should put it if you’re trying to copy her look.

9. Marilyn makeup guide

9a48bc4e0823aba115c7289117e3ad3bThis would be useful to pin to the mirror on your elegant vintage dressing table. (You have one of those, right? I’m just going to imagine that you do and then live vicariously.)

10. The Marilyn Monroe eyeliner trick

6649cd317d283dc971e7eff8b09a4a82Judicious use of white eyeliner along the waterline and outside the corner of your eye will make your eyes look like dinner plates, just like Marilyn’s.

11. Another Marilyn Monroe eyeliner trick

721456f51b4c32bc2d7523c4a29aebd9This one uses white eyeliner in a little V at the corner of the eye and blends it outwards to make eyes look bigger and brighter.

12. Marilyn eyebrow stencils

274e6f0b430e3e3529a890636b8499b1So many would-be Marilyns wax their brows into thin little parentheses, but Marilyn actually had significant eyebrows. These stencils are based on her shape, so you can draw in however much brow you like.

13. Marilyn Monroe makeup tutorial


Wow, this makeup artist actually looks a whole lot like Marilyn Monroe. If you need some makeup tips, she can sure help you get there.

14. Scary Marilyn Monroe makeup

c4d6e72f6f29973c9c5fcc8afbff7f03Wow. That’s terrifying, but also highly impressive.

15. Marilyn Nail Art

040a7a65534216b2affa46f3174a934fMarilyn didn’t have her own face on her fingers, but it’s still an excellent idea.

(Photos: Getty, Pinterest)