Ice Queen Supreme

A look to help you embrace the freezingness of winter.

My New Year’s resolutions never stick—I change them a thousand times before the year’s over—but my current one, which I’m committed to this time, you guys, is to spend 2013 looking like a frosty flapper/tarot-card-reader who lives on the moon. (It makes sense in my head.)

One of my inspirations for this scheme was John Galliano’s ready-to-wear show in fall 2009, which you can ogle at That collection, inspired by Russian-Balkan folklore, was stark and beautiful—but it was the models’ faces that I haven’t been able to forget. With their ghostly, glistening skin, snow-tipped lashes, flushed cheeks, and tiny painted doll’s lips, they looked like frostbitten angels. (Though I have to throw some shade Mr. Galliano’s way for using only ONE nonwhite model in this whole show.)

Jessica Stam on the runway at the fall 2009 Galliano show. Photo via

Those faces have been hanging out in the back of my mind for over three years, and lately they’ve been mingling with some newer obsessions: the costumes on Boardwalk Empire, turn-of-the-century circus performers, and everything about Sarah Sophie Flicker. I put all these ideas in a big inspiration bag, shook it up, and came up with this look, any everyday version of all those costume-y inspirations. It’s easy to wear out of the house, but still sparkly enough to catch the eyes of everyone you meet (in a good way, if they have any sense).

What you’ll need:

  • A frosty white eye shadow. I used NYX Loose Pearl Eye Shadow in White Pearl ($3, NYX Cosmetics).
  • A silver cream eye shadow. Mine is Avon Glazewear Diamonds Eye Color in Pure Silver ($2.50, Avon).
  • A metallic gold shadow like Urban Decay’s Half Baked ($18, Urban Decay).
  • A deep charcoal shadow like Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Single in Panther (about $2 at drugstores).
  • A lash primer that goes on white, like the one that comes with L’Oreal’s Double Extend Beauty Tube Mascara (about $11 at drugstores). It’s meant as a lash-thickening first step before you apply a dark mascara, but we’re using it on its own for this look. Or you could get an actual white mascara, like this one by Bobbie Weiner ($17.50, Amazon) or this Ben Nye one ($9, PNTA)—but the L’Oreal stuff works great and doesn’t cost too much, and you can get it at your local drugstore, so that’s what I went with.
  • A deep-burgundy matte blush. I used NYX Powder Blush in Desert Rose ($6, NYX Cosmetics).
  • A deep red lipstick. I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar in NSFW ($16, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics).
  • If you have a set of makeup brushes, get them out. If not, you can always use Q-tips and/or your fingers as applicators.

1. Cover the whole area between your lashes and your browbone with the frosty white shadow. (I used my fingers for this.)

2. Use a finger or a brush (again, I chose the former) to dab the silver cream shadow on your lower lid, below the crease. If you don’t have a crease, feel for the upper rim of your eye socket bone, right above your eyeball, and apply the color below that.

3. Using a fluffy medium-size brush (or a Q-tip), apply your gold shadow along the crease or eye-socket rim and to the outer edges of your eyes, smudging it outwards.

4. Use a small tapered brush (or Q-tip) to apply your charcoal shadow along your upper and lower lash lines, and smudge it outwards into a winged shape.

5. Apply several coats of your lash primer or white mascara to your top and bottom lashes. For an extra chilly look, brush it on your brows too.

6. Brush your blush onto and just under your cheekbones.

7. Take the white eye shadow from step one and brush it onto the tops of your cheekbones, above the blush, and down the bridge of your nose for an icy glow.

8. Use a lip brush to basically draw a little heart-shaped doll’s mouth onto your actual human-size one. Focus the color in the center, and use your brush to make the peaks of your upper lip a little rounder, like the top part of a heart. Leave the outer corners of your lips blank. Blot your mouth with a tissue, then reapply. For major staying power, repeat the blotting/reapplying one more time.

9. Inspired by that picture of Jessica Stam in the Galliano show, I traced the V in my cupid’s bow with a teeny bit of gold eye shadow.

Now go kick off 2013 as a sparkly ice queen. I’ll be right there with you, reading tarot cards on the moon. ♦


  • HollinsCollins January 7th, 2013 7:09 PM

    I want to go to the moon and have Hannah read tarot cards for me.

  • La Fille January 7th, 2013 7:14 PM

    This is gorgeous! I will definitely be trying this look out sometime. :)

  • catpower44 January 7th, 2013 7:14 PM

    Ahh! So pretty! the doll-mouth lipstick is so cute, and I love the icy feel of the eyes, and the cat- eye kind of thing is cute as well. Hannah, you are a beauty godess!

    On another kind of makeup related note, it’s David Bowie’s b-day tomorrow, so everyone wear amazingly outrageous makeup and sparkly things!

  • sweater2 January 7th, 2013 7:15 PM

    Beautiful! The products are mostly really inexpensive too! :D

  • Lascelles January 7th, 2013 7:24 PM

    “Though I have to throw some shade Mr. Galliano’s way for using only ONE nonwhite model in this whole show.”

    If it makes you feel any better the make up artist is black, Jamaican. And she was going for bride not queen.

  • rottedteeth January 7th, 2013 7:36 PM

    Oh my gosh that looks sooo pretty. I think I’ll do this sans white mascara tomorrow

  • Fortune_Goddess January 7th, 2013 7:37 PM

    Hannah is so gorgeous! I don’t wear makeup, but if I did (and had more of it) I would love to try out rhis tutorial. Hannah, you are simply stunning!

  • Jessica W January 7th, 2013 7:50 PM

    This is magical. I am sooooo doing this.

    The problem with living in NZ is that when it’s winter, Rookie makes me jealous with its mad summer vibes… Now it’s summer here, and Rookie is making me jealous that it’s winter in America. And I hate winter!

    The Lovelorn

    • LilySew January 7th, 2013 8:36 PM

      Hahaha, I know what you mean. I live in Australia and while it’s 40 degrees celsius here i’m finding myself wanting to rug up in woolen jumpers and drink hot chocolate. Ah the joys of living in the southern hemisphere :D

      • Graciexx January 8th, 2013 9:20 PM

        Same here! I keep on reading about snow and cuddling up with rugs and blankets, while here we’re surrounded by 40 degree beach weather and hundereds of fires.

  • Moxx January 7th, 2013 7:51 PM

    The greatest!

  • Turrtle January 7th, 2013 8:02 PM

    That’s so pretty! I especially love the touch of gold with the lipstick!

  • Electra Heart January 7th, 2013 8:31 PM

    Love love love.
    Hannah, your makeup tutorials are always so pretty. <3

  • Katherine January 7th, 2013 8:32 PM

    This is so beautiful!

  • Melissa @ WildFlowerChild January 7th, 2013 8:33 PM

    I ADORE this look! The white eyelashes and heart lips, especially. Stunning, dear!

    <3 Melissa

  • Eryn January 7th, 2013 8:44 PM

    Wow this is gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it.

  • MissKnowItAll January 7th, 2013 8:54 PM

    I sort of have a huge big fat crush on all the writers on rookie.
    Like seriously. Can we all just go on a huge date together?
    We can go eat pizza or tacos and watche Mean Girls and cuddle together
    (Then I’ll trap you in a bottle so I can keep you 5-ever)

    • Katy January 7th, 2013 9:48 PM

      I am with you all the way, MissKnowItAll!!!

  • Tyknos93 January 7th, 2013 10:17 PM

    Gawd this is soso pretty. I love your puckered lips a la Lindsey Wixson, but I don’t think I could do them effectively on my own. haha. The eye makeup is so gorgeous. I wish this was up before the holidays, because it would have looked swell at holiday parties and such!

  • Teez January 7th, 2013 10:21 PM

    pat mcgrath’s make up is everything!!! i strongly recommend people check out her work, it’s so beautiful.

    love this tutorial hannah, will be trying it out

  • The Earnest Addiction January 7th, 2013 10:26 PM

    Incredibly Beautiful!!

    p.s. John Galliano is still a legend :D

  • Hannah January 7th, 2013 10:38 PM

    This looks so awesome. I love the eyes for sure.

  • sequoia January 7th, 2013 10:38 PM

    rlly into the white mascara O:-)

  • aylaluvsBM January 7th, 2013 10:51 PM

    your lips are so pretty!!! And I love this look!!

  • madame_addie January 7th, 2013 11:41 PM

    this is really lovely <3 I have always been obsessed with that collection too :)

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  • Pearl January 8th, 2013 4:10 AM

    Love the makeup! I can’t wait to try it out although I’m not a fan of Mr. Galliano.

  • zhajean January 8th, 2013 6:59 AM

    wow! Hannah, you’re gorgeous and so creative! this kind of make-up is really interesting and a must-try!


  • Mary the freak January 8th, 2013 8:16 AM

    OHMYYY how beautiful! This is so perfect! I need to do this now.

  • Tabea January 9th, 2013 2:33 PM

    Hell, that look is so perfect! I will do this eye make-up when I go to ice-skating the next time. :)

  • StrawberryTwist January 13th, 2013 3:03 PM

    Thank you for posting this, Hannah! I will definitely have to give this a try, it’s a great way to spice things up in the winter. I love what you did to your lashes, it almost looks as little snowflakes had landed upon them.

  • BritishFish January 13th, 2013 3:42 PM

    This is beautiful, you’re beautiful! I wish we could all have an Ice Queen party where we wear dreamy lace dresses and dance in the snow.

  • joenjwang January 15th, 2013 10:39 PM

    When I first saw this post, I was interested by the aesthetics but didn’t really “apply” it to me. These days though, I keep feeling the imprint of Galliano’s makeup in my thoughts. The gold lining of the cupid’s bow, the eyes, the absolute homage to art deco and the 1920s.
    Thank you for this post

  • Bananaskid February 9th, 2013 6:16 PM

    This post is great, honesty.

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica May 28th, 2013 12:42 PM

    Wow, this turned out so pretty! Like a cold winter angel fairy bride. <3