Thursday, 6 December 2012

Insider Look into Marilyn Monroe's Makeup Case

Have you ever wondered what secrets are hidden inside the Makeup Case of a Hollywood Screen Goddess?
Well, wonder no more!  Take a look inside Marilyn Monroe's personal Makeup Case, filled with a collection of makeup produced by vintage cosmetic houses still popular today.  Including products in her signature Red colour.  Just divine! <3

Her makeup case, sold by Christie's in 1999 for $266,500 contained:
3 Max Factor lipsticks
Two Elizabeth Arden cream eyeshadows (Autumn Smoke and Pearly Blue)
Two Elizabeth Arden Eye Stopper eyeliners, one brown and one black
One Leichner of London eyeshadow
Two bottles of Revlon nail polish (Cherries a la Mode and Hot Coral)
Glorene of Hollywood eyeliner and false eyelashes
Two bottles of perfumed lotion by Shisheido
Anita d'Foged Day Dew cream makeup and cover up
Two pots of Erno Lazlo makeup

Friday, 21 September 2012

Vamp up those Red Lips

Here is a wonderful tutorial on how to add drama and depth to your traditional Pinup Red LipsX

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The allure of Marilyn Monroe

I want to share with you a wonderful 'Marilyn Monroe' inspired makeup tutorial by talented UK Makeup Artist Lisa Eldridge. I was fascinated by this in-depth tutorial on Marilyn's iconic look, and tips and tricks used by her own personal makeup artist Whitey to create her unrivaled mystique, glamour and magnetism. Her allure is inimitable, and she remains one of my favorite Hollywood icons. ♥

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Pinup Postcards

Here is a sneak peek of my new Postcards promoting my latest Makeup Services.  Coming to a boutique/salon near you soonX

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Vintage Inspired Makeup Artistry at Avidity Salon

It's with great excitement that I announce I will now be Freelancing my Makeup Services from the Avidity Albert Park Salon!  The beautiful heritage building overlooking the beach will be my workspace on Fridays and Saturdays, and I am now taking appointmentsX
For bookings and inquiries please contact me directly:

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lashings of Lashes!

What a great weekend just passed!  I got to spend my time at the decadent Langham Hotel applying complimentary Makeup to the lucky ladies in attendance at The High Tea Party in Melbourne.  Such fun!X

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Have any of you Vintage Beauties joined Pinupgirlstyle?  It is a new social networking site dedicated to the precious world of Pinup.  Filled with forums and discussions on Vintage Beauty and Hairstyling it is makeup heaven.  Modern Pinup and Makeup Artist Micheline Pitt shares her secrets on Perfect Pinup EyebrowsX

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Dita Von Teese and ARTDECO cosmetics launch a signature makeup collection

Am thrilled to tell all my makeup friends and followers that Burlesque Beauty and Modern Pinup Dita Von Teese will be launching her very own signature makeup collection later this year!

In collaboration with ARTDECO cosmetics, her collection features signature products inspired and motivated by cosmetics she personally wants in her makeup kit.  The timeless range is a complete collection of every cosmetic a lady needs to lay on the glamour...  from luxurious lipsticks, to classic muted eyeshadows, complete with signature strip lashes!

In this promotional photograph Dita wears her Velvet lipstick in 'Follies Pink'.  I will definitely be adding some of these cult cosmetics to my professional makeup kitX

Saturday, 9 June 2012

'Viva Bettie'

Last night me and my darling friend Miss Shanelle got to enjoy the delights of the Australian Burlesque Festival event 'The Big Tease' and what a show it was!  The sell-out crowd were marveled by intoxicating performances by High Class Burlesque acts from here and abroad.  My stand-out performers were international acts LouLou D'vil, and danger girl Anna Fur Laxis, who performed her acclaimed Bettie Page tribute act 'Viva Bettie'.  The standards were high, and everybody looked amazing.  Am most inspired to add a little more shimmer and sparkle to my makeup kit!

Friday, 11 May 2012

The Biggest Tease!

I just bought myself tickets to the Australian Burlesque Festival event 'The Big Tease' here in Melbourne, and I am counting down the days until the opportunity to get dolled-up and hit the town for this Burlesque extravaganza!!  Am particularly dying to see the performance by Burlesque Beauty Anna Fur Laxis.  It is certain to impress.  How I love being inspired by creativity and surrounded by beauty, and Burlesque celebrates bothX

Sunday, 22 April 2012

1940s Hairstyle and Victory Rolls

Anybody with a love of Vintage Makeup and Hairstyling would appreciate this wonderful Hair Tutorial I came across today.  Posted by Kat of My Little Rockabilly, this hair tutorial guides you through the process of creating an authentic 1940's hairstyle complete with Victory Rolls.  Simple techniques are used to create an aesthetically flowing style, which adds polish and glamour to your Vintage Beauty lookX

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

'Flicks, Lashes and Lips'

Do any of you Vintage Beauties love the tease and allure of Burlesque?  I certainly do!  Am pleased to hear that as part of the Australian Burlesque Festival, performer Anna Fur Laxis will be hosting two vintage beauty workshops here in Melbourne:  'Flicks, Lashes and Lips' and 'Victory Roll Bootcamp'.  Am very much looking forward to these.  Her glamorous styling secrets are sure to put a wiggle in my walkX

Monday, 9 April 2012

For the love of vintage

What is your favored era for Vintage Makeup Artistry?  My personal favorites are the ultra-feminine stylings of the 1950's, and classic Old-Hollywood Glamour.  Both these era's had iconic 'looks', and are  seasonally replicated on fashions catwalkX

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Dropdead, Gorgeous Jungle Girl

I have been fortunate enough to be in a really inspired and creative place in the present, and for that I'm thankful.  Visions of Vintage Inspired Beauty looks abound and currently I am particularly drawn to 1950's B-grade Tropical Tiki and Jungle Girl Exotica.  This afternoon I purchased the Dropdead Couture Blingbone in Babypink (as modelled above by Makeup Artist/Pinup Micheline Pitt) and I look forward to featuring it in an upcoming beauty shoot thematically similar to the photograph below.  Purr!X

(photo copyright Terribly Girly/Janette Valentine)

Monday, 2 April 2012

Attack of the 60's Inspired Girl-Groups

Just wanted to share the latest video from one of my favorite current bands Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes.  I just adore the 60's Inspired Hair and Makeup styling in this vampy video.  Big hair, Heavy-Winged Eyeliner and Spray On Bad Girl outfits.  Sizzle.  Wanda Woodward eat your heart out!!X

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Bombshell Beauty Bop

As you may already know my love for Retro Beauty has encouraged me to create my own business, Vintage Inspired Makeup Artistry by Marissa. I specialise in Old Hollywood Glamour and Pinup Girl Styling, and am available for Client Consultations, Workshops and Makeup Lessons.
Recently I have decided to expand my services and now offer the Bombshell Beauty Bop.  Each Bombshell Beauty Bop accommodates 3-4 clients per booking, and includes Professional Vintage Inspired Makeup application including complimentary false lash application.  All bookings include 1hour complete styling per client and are held at the location of your choice.  Hostess receives a complimentary Bombshell Beauty Basket!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Modern Pinup Makeup

Glamorous Modern Pinup and Makeup Artist Micheline Pitt shares her secrets for perfecting Vintage Inspired 'Barbie Bangs' and other beauty tips in her latest video.  I personally love her Bad Girl Barbie style, and suggest you subscribe to her channel for Pinup updates and Inspiration.  Most excited to know she is releasing a Modern Pinup Makeup and Hair Styling DVD later this yearX

Monday, 5 March 2012

The Lady Returns

Am most excited to reveal that one of my most admired Modern Pinups, Miss Dita Von Teese is in town.  The diminutive doll is in Melbourne to showcase her Vintage Inspired Von Follies lingerie collection as part of the L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.  Was fortunate enough to meet her on her last visit, and she truly is a Classic Beauty. Le sigh...X