What Was in Marilyn Monroe's Makeup Bag?

What Was in Marilyn Monroe's Makeup Bag?

She never left home without her lashes.

By Jenny Berg

What was Marilyn Monroe's secret? Well, first, she was Marilyn—but her go-to lashes didn't hurt. Allure just revealed the contents of the icon's makeup drawer, and what's inside is surprisingly simple.

Like the rest of us, Marilyn loved a good curled lash, and she always had a curler on hand—along with a set of Martha Lorraine falsies. (The brand is no longer around, but to find a similar look go for something lustrous and inky black.) She also had a golden comb, Booby pins from a brand called "Scoldy Lox Glamour Guards," lilac "Starry Eyes" eye shadow, and even a braided hair extension. Also on hand: a matchbook from retro New York nightclub The Maisonette, and... ear plugs. (Beauty sleep, people. It's real.)

To be fair, along with unbelievable genes and a shimmery lilac lid, Marilyn had the help of her beloved makeup artist, Allan "Whitey" Snyder. But it's touching to see how simple the star's personal beauty routine seemed to be.

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