11/27/2012 02:36 pm ET

Pat McGrath Dares Us To Wear Swarovski Crystal Eye Makeup This Holiday Season (PHOTOS)

My friends are super excited about throwing an over-the-top party this holiday season. As they go back and forth on logistics like where to have the glitzy affair and whether to invite exes (I foresee this being a problem especially when liquor is involved), I'm focused on how to convince one of my girlfriends to walk away from the glitter eyeshadow. But in order to achieve the desired goal, I had to offer her an alternative, right? The solution to this quandary: Pat McGrath.

I was able to steal a few minutes with the legendary makeup artist during her recent visit stateside, and I had to get her advice on a standout holiday makeup look.

"You always hear about folks getting into 'trouble' at holiday parties," said McGrath. "And you can do this by playing with Swarvoski crystals and daring eyeliner colors like at Dior's spring show."

Hold on a minute. Does this mean I should hide my BFF's silver-speckled shadow hoping she'd opt for a bejeweled eyelid instead? Not quite. While the blinged-out beauty look McGrath crafted using false eyelash glue for Dior's dolls would certainly turn heads in the real world (believe me, I've tried one runway version in real life), her wearable take on the trend involves drawing on bright, winged-out eyeliner close to the lash line and placing a few small rhinestones on top. You'll catch the light without even blinking (plus, you won't look like a victim of bad '90s makeup).

What do you think about this jeweled eye look? Sound off in our poll.

Meanwhile, click through the slideshow below to see the Swarovski crystal eye makeup from Christian Dior's spring 2013 show, plus our product picks to get these sparkly lids for your next holiday fête.

Swarovski Crystal Eye Makeup

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