It’s holiday party season, and do you know what that means? Red lips! Glitter nail polish! Shimmery eye shadows! Sequins on your eyelids!

Yes, that’s right—sequins. Backstage at Givenchy’s Spring 2012 show in October, Pat McGrath sliced a single silver sequin in half and strategically placed each crescent on the upper and lower lash lines. Natalia and Gisele glided down the runway with nearly bare faces and au naturel hair, their eyes flashing in the light with every blink. It was one of my favorite looks of the month. And I’ve been dying to try it out ever since.

So, Josephine popped by the other day for a little bit of runway-to-reality fun. We followed Pat’s lead and kept the face fresh, focusing on glowing skin: cleansed and well-moisturized, spot-correcting with concealer as needed. I used CoverGirl’s Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze as a highlighter, dabbing it across the cheekbones, under the eyebrows, on the inner corners of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose and on the Cupid’s Bow. Now for the sequins. I applied them with false eyelash glue from Duane Reade, a tweezer, and a very steady hand. The upper and lower eyelids should be dry—use a clean eye shadow brush to lightly dust the area with translucent powder first. Dot the back of the crescents with the tiniest amount of glue and place them just above (and below) the pupil, right against the lash line. The two halves should mirror each other when your eyes are closed. (This took several attempts...if you need to try again, just peel the sequin off and use makeup remover and a cotton swap to remove the glue before starting over.) Add a dab of Eight Hour Cream on the lips, a white leather le smoking by Reed Krakoff, and jewels from Repossi, and voilà: the coolest party look around.

I’ll be hitting the town with my sequined lids on Saturday evening... Would you, could you?

Photos and makeup by ITG.

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  • Kelsey

    This looks AMAZING. I will definitely be trying sometime this holiday season!

  • Kendra

    This is actually so cool!! I have so say that I would like to work up the bravery for it!

  • Anonymous

    That's completley gorgeous - I saw the Givenchy pics and it looked stunning. I wondered how well it would translate in real life though - a nightclub would probably be ideal, with all the flashing lights...

  • Isaobeso

    I think this is something I would deffinitely try! and I would even pop a few more sequins for a more dramatic efect!

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  • Colleen Welsch

    looks awesome...but I don't want to put something so sharp near my eyes!

  • Serdane

    Intense and perfect for a night out and/or a party !!

  • Serdane

    Intense and perfect for a night out and/or a party !!

  • aya

    Oh this is so cool. And I love it with white. Everyone will be wearing black to holiday parties--how great would it be to be in icy white instead?!

  • io u

    This looks wonderful on the models. I do find it amusing, however, that holiday=shiny. Anything glittery, whatever bounces light. It doesn't always end well.

  • The Blossom Shed Beauty Blog

    It looks so beautiful, but I think the sequins would probably drive me crazy all night - I'm sure I'd end up fussing with them constantly!

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  • Joy Of Stranger Sensibilities

    This looks so cool!

  • Chloe

    That looks great! I don't know if I will be trying it, but it looks really cool!

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  • Chelsea

    can you do Chanel's pre-Fall 2012 backstage look? the Indian-inspired look with faux dreadlocks is incredible

  • Anonymous

    This is really cool. Pat McGrath is such a genius!
    Could you please elaborate a little more on how you applied the highlighter? With fingers, foundation brush; mixed with moisturiser or foundation - etc? It looks so natural and glowy, you'd never know it was one of those cream shadows!

  • Beatriz

    No, I couldn't... I could however wear the white jacket, and the ring if Gaia gave it to me for Christmas!

  • erin

    well, is that creative or what? pat never stops bringin' it!

  • Le Fanciulle

    Oh they look really cool!! This look has been popping up everywhere - it's on the cover of RUSSH Australia this month as well :D Thanks for the tutorial

    xx T

    Le Fanciulle

  • Topsy

    I love everything about this look, her hair, hair color, make up.
    This is off topic but I don't know where else to put it: ever since the update I haven't been able to view the blog on my firefox 8.0.1 on mac OSX. No problems on safari but firefox is my primary browser.

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  • The many lives of line

    I almost can't find any words for how amazing this is! But I'll give it a try: fantastic, smashing, marvelous, excellent, divine, glitterglitterglamglam!



  • Dianna

    This is so cool. I think, I am too old to wear it though but I love seeing it :) Btw, can you get inside Natalia Vodianova's bathroom for a topshelf story? PLEASE!

    • Ilovejohnnythunders

      Yes! I am a huge Natalia fan. Make this happen!

  • Poppyshade

    this is SO brilliant!

  • fashiongossip mk

    Wow, this is sooo cool!!!

    • Anonymous

      Hi-- yes, it was! Love that restaurant. xE

  • truly

    Anyone got a good bronzer that doesn't have any goddamn glitter/shimmer in it?

  • ximena schuman

    this is absolutely stunning, fresh and modern. makeup innovation.

  • Dress for Less

    Sequins on your eyelids?!? This is a crazy concept but I would have to try it for sure! I could see having a little sequin on the corner of my eye just to make my eyes pop a little more and the holiday season is the perfect time to try this out. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Erika

    Props to Bjork, who rocked this look with her Human Behavior video in the 90s. This was the perfect way to make last night's rave trickle into daytime-blink and you see disco magic everywhere!

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  • Jessica Daly

    I love Josephine--one of my favorite new models this season!
    Oh - Fancy That.

  • V.

    I love it. Great trend, thanks for sharing!