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Could You Get Through Marilyn Monroe's Beauty Routine?

Being fabulous is a lot of hard work.

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Think it was easy to be a beauty icon? Let's find out if you have what it takes to live a day EXACTLY like Marilyn!

  1. What’s the first thing you do in the morning after brushing your teeth and washing your face?

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    Drink some cold orange juice to help shake off the sleepiness
    Put on my sneakers and go for a light jog outside
    Do a quick bust-firming routine using five-pound weights
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a bust-firming routine!

    Marilyn says, "It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I'm tired. I don't count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn't stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it."

  2. Time for breakfast! What are you having this morning?

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    A small bowl of oatmeal with fresh berries
    A cup of warm milk with two raw eggs
    Two slices of bacon and a cup of coffee
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a cup of WARM milk with RAW eggs!

    Marilyn says, "I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it's hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I'm dressing. I supplement this with a multivitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry."

  3. How many lipsticks and glosses does it take to achieve that iconic red lip?

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    1
    3
    5
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 5!

    Monroe expert Gene London says, "Her pout was created with five different varieties of lipstick and gloss: darker reds on the outer corners, lighter shades in the middle to lend dimension, with a highlighted cupid’s bow and bottom lip."

  4. What areas of your face do you contour with creams, foundations, and powders?

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    Nose and brows
    Cheekbones
    All of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's all of the above!

    London says, "Further contour tricks were used to shape her nose, sharpen her cheekbones, make her eyes look more deep-set, arch her brows, and emphasize her heart-shaped face."

  5. Which of these beauty or style trends do you absolutely hate?

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    Facial waxing
    Winged eyeliner
    Sweater sets
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's facial waxing!

    London says, "She had the heaviest peach fuzz beard of any actress in Hollywood. They [studio chiefs] wanted to remove the facial hair, but Marilyn absolutely refused. She said that when the light hit the fuzz it caused her face to have a soft glow, so they didn’t have to photograph her through special lenses, lace, or Vaseline the way they did with so many stars."

  6. What's your secret trick for making it look like your nipples are always perky and erect?

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    Wrapping two thimbles in fabric and putting them in your bra
    Putting marbles or stacks of buttons in your bra
    You don't have a trick, they always look like that
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's marbles and buttons!

    London says, "Marilyn took to placing marbles in her bras, or she’d take three buttons … and sew the buttons together and place those inside her dress."

  7. Time for dinner! What are you having?

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    Broiled lamb chops or liver with five carrots
    Chicken breast with a side of steamed broccoli
    A large, perfectly cooked steak and nothing else
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's lamb chops or liver!

    Marilyn says, "My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots."

  8. Do you ever indulge in dessert?

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    A slice of warm apple pie with ice cream
    A hot fudge sundae
    No, I like to stick to my healthy diet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a hot fudge sundae!

    Marilyn says, "I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright's ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I'm sure that I couldn't allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods."

  9. How many hours of sleep do you get per night?

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    Between 3 and 7 hours
    Between 5 and 10 hours
    I always get 8 hours of sleep and nothing more
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's between 5 and 10 hours!

    Marilyn says, "Depending upon my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter."

  10. And finally, before climbing into bed, what do you change into?

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    A lace nightgown
    A set of silk pajamas
    None of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's none of the above!

    Marilyn says, "I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.”

Could You Get Through Marilyn Monroe's Beauty Routine?

Yikes! You failed. But don't be too hard on yourself! Some of those answers were pretty interesting. Being fabulous is a lot of hard work!

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