I've always been partial to Icy Blondes. You know, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren.
Oh wait—I guess those are all Hitchcock Blondes. (He had a bit of an obsession too.) Here's a more contemporary example (although still from the same era): Betty Draper, the flaxen-haired ex-model that January Jones plays on the hit show Mad Men.
The appeal of the Icy Blonde is that she's simply not like you or I—she's untouchable. Cool, detached, elegant, effortless, immaculate. THIS is the Icy Blonde.
Sure, she sounds like someone you want to hate on. But wouldn't it be cool to BE her?
That's why I adored the hair and makeup at Michael Kors for spring. You just know Betty D. would be all over it. Here's the breakdown:
And the close-up:
Okay, first of all, let's just ignore poor Vlada's under-eye bags. We all know models do not eat or sleep during fashion week, so give a kid a break, yes?
Instead, let's focus on the gorgeousness of that eye makeup. Purple, as you may know, is one of the big colours of the fall season, and it shows no sign of letting up next spring. (Try this little palette from DuWop to get the look.) Here, it looks like they've used the standard smokey eye technique, but—and this is VERY important—grounded it with fine black liner along the inner lash line.
And in case you were tempted to smudge—no, no, no. The precision part is key with this look. Do you think Grace Kelly would have EVER gone for that sooty, smudgey look? Of course not!
I'm loving that the cool tones continued on the lips with an icy pink. No blush.
And will we ever get tired of the headband thing? I'm not at all sick of them yet, and think this transparent plastic one is adorable (very futuristic-looking). KEY MOVE: bust out your flat iron and then smooth down any frizzies with hairspray or serum. (Just think: "What would Grace do?" and you'll know what to do.)
P.S. I may have failed to mention that you don't, in fact, have to be blonde to rock this look. It's equally pretty on brunettes—see?