“Sophisticated, sultry, and sublime” are the words Pat McGrath used to describe the crystal winged eyes and bold red lips she crafted for Taylor Swift ahead of the MTV VMAs 2022. For Swift, who not only won three awards (including Video of the Year) but also announced her forthcoming new album Midnights, it was a scene-stealing combination worthy of her big night. And her new style era.
As conveyed by Swift’s fashion choices for the evening—first a flapper-style crystal Oscar de la Renta dress and then a satin blue Moschino playsuit with starry appliqué—the pop superstar is leaning into a glitzier aesthetic to promote Midnights. Leave it to McGrath to help her lean into the excess sparkle and shine of it all.
To create Swift’s diamanté-studded cat eyes, McGrath began by washing her lids in shades from her Pat McGrath Labs Mothership X: Moonlit Seduction Palette. Then, she traced on wings with Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner and added a row of crystals into the crease in a V shape. A swipe of LiquiLUST: Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick in the deep blue red Elson 4 further accented Swift’s rosy, lit-from-within glow.
If Swift’s glittering VMAs beauty is any indication, Midnights will continue to inspire her to up the wattage above the neck—and the results will be dazzling.