Grace Kelly, along with Tippi Hendren, was famous for being one of Alfred Hitchcock’s original “Ice Blondes.” This retro look begins with many layers of ivory foundation and powder as well as finely plucked and absolutely perfectly arched eyebrows. Grace Kelly’s skin was porcelain and reflected a lot of light. This is achievable with the right type of foundation and powder combination. Her eyebrows were so arched that they looked almost like upside down V’s winged above her eyes. This gave her that sexy, but slightly sardonic look.
Grace Kelly’s eyes were usually enhanced with a very plain matte flesh colored shadow on the lids and a whiter shadow just against the brow bone. This made her eyes, that were prone to crinkling and creping, look a lot younger and smoother. Applying a lot of moisturizer and base to your eyes can help you achieve this look.
Her eyes were edged with natural looking taupe eyeliner that was edged on the eyelid thickly against top lash only and the upper lashes were coated thickly with coal black mascara. The lower eyelid and lashes were left naked. To achieve this look you can apply very thick, short eyelashes on your upper lid only.
Touches of highlighter and a great deal of reflective powder can give you that perfectly smooth and radiant look that is so identified with Grace Kelly. Apply the gleaming or pearlescent highlighter that you have on the bridge of the nose and cheekbones and then dust with reflective powder completely. Reflective powders have tiny sparkles in them that soften your overall look and make you look younger.
Grace Kelly wore a rich rose tone on her lips and it is the contrast between the whiteness of her skin and the pink of her lips that earned her the title of Ice Blonde.
Grace Kelly also wore a ton of silver-toned jewelry, usually augmented with large pearls. To look like a contemporary version of her screw your hair up into a French knot high on the crown of your head and wear dangling crystal and pearl earrings and a strand of crystal and pearl beads around your neck. For a real retro touch, wear a pair of white kid gloves as well.
Aside from the beautiful vintage A line gown with the tight waste and the under gown of tulle Grace Kelly also wore a lot of pastel yellow and baby pink suits as well as navy blue military styles with stiff tailoring.