Step 1: For this, I knew I would need:
1 white dress
1 blonde wig (highlighted with yellow and black paint for effect)
Pink face paint (I prefer water-based)
Black face paint
Teal face paint
Bright pink tights
1 tall gangly man to play my Warhol (optional)
Step 2: What to do ahead of time:
2. I also made a cumbersome poster that had different shots of the Marilyn piece. I just glued them onto foam board and cut out a square for my face- easy peasy. I only ended up carrying it around for like 15 mins total- not necessary for the costume, but it looked pretty cool.
Step 3: Day of:
1. Paint exposed upper body pink with the facepaint and a sponge. Aim for full coverage for better photos. I needed a little help with my back, but in a pinch I was able to do it on my own one of the three nights I dressed up.
2. Now it's time for the shading. Follow the outline of Marilyn's face with the black facepaint- be sure not to add too much water, otherwise it will mix with the pink paint. The important part is to get the distance from cheekbone outlines and lips/ eyebrows right.
3. Use the teal facepaint to throw on that infamous eyeshadow. Really overdo it- Warhol wasn't about his art looking super realistic.
4. I also added a little cleavage line with black facepaint, because I'm sure Warhol would have if he had done a full body painting :)
5. Throw on the wig, dress, pink tights, and some bright colored heels and VOILA! You're done!