You Can Now Buy The Exact Lipstick Shade Marilyn Monroe Wore

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Photo credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt
Photo credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt


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We've always known what fragrance OG It Girl Marilyn Monroe wore—she famously stated in a 1952 interview that she wore Chanel No. 5 ("and nothing else") to bed. But her makeup, and the striking beauty looks she was known for, like bold lipsticks, have been more of a mystery.

After two years of incredibly glamorous research Gabriela Hernandez, makeup historian and founder of Bésame Cosmetics, has cracked the (makeup) case. The brand released a 15-piece collection today, filled with the exact shades of lipsticks, eye shadows, and even the makeup compact the star carried in her day-to-day life. Now we can get a little bit closer to emulating the movie star in real life.

"These colors are authentic, and we are incredibly proud to be releasing them as they are a reflection of Marilyn and her style," Hernandez says. "Wearing her makeup is a way to celebrate who she was and her influence over the world of personal beauty."

Some Like It (Red) Hot

This is a true-red (think: fire engine) lipstick based on the exact shade Marilyn wore as Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot, but the formula has a modern upgrade: plant-based squalane and vitamin E make it super hydrating.

Calling All Marilyn Superfans

Get Marilyn's complete look down to her lashes—yes, Hernandez even researched and recreated falsies just like the ones Marilyn wore on the screen—with the Marilyn Essentials Collection. It includes two different lipsticks (a coral shade like her '60s favorite and a hot pink like she wore in her Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend era), made-to-match lip liners, a four-shadow quad, and more.

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