If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably double-tapped or saved Patrick Ta’s work countless times without even knowing it. Gigi Hadid’s perfectly polished skin? Ta’s doing. Shay Mitchell’s colorful eye looks? Also Ta’s work. A quick scroll through his star-studded feed and you’ll realize his signature makeup style—a next-level glow and something bold—is what all of Hollywood wants. (It’s also what people want: Ta has 1.6 million followers on the ’gram.)
Of course, there are major perks that come with being such an in-demand, high-profile makeup artist, like being able to launch your own makeup line. [Ed. note: Ta’s latest collection, Monochrome Moment, hit shelves at the end of October.] But it also comes with a lot of pressure… You’ve got to be on top of your game at all times, think carefully about what you post (your feed is basically your professional portfolio), and constantly look for inspiration literally everywhere.
In fact, Ta’s latest source of inspiration came from one seriously iconic cartoon character we’ve only loved our entire lives… “We can all learn to express ourselves from [Disney's] Minnie Mouse,” he explains. “Minnie is iconic. She’s classic, bold, playful, and lives for stepping outside of the box.” Unexpected? Sure. But also totally perfect for inspiring next-level holiday glam, as evidenced by the three festive, party-ready looks you’ll see below.
When people think of Minnie, there’s a good chance her iconic lashes or the color red comes to mind. “Red speaks to who Minnie is and how the world sees her,” Ta says. “I wanted a look that was inspired by traditional Minnie and how glamorous she is.” That glow. Ta used a highlighting mist from his namesake line on the cheekbones and collarbones to make sure our model was glowing from every direction. And the red lip? Ta obviously used the Dose of Colors Minnie Matte Liquid Lipstick in Irreplaceable—it’s equal parts classic and bold, aka perfect for any and every low-key holiday party you’ve got on your calendar.
For occasions that call for something a bit more glitzy (meaning you can’t just throw on some gold glitter and call it a day), Ta has literally got you covered—in rhinestones. He used dots to inspire this design (they’re quintessentially Minnie, right?) and kept the rest of the makeup neutral. He dusted the beige Forever Friends shade from the Dose of Colors Minnie Eyeshadow Palette over a nude cream shadow to really make the eyes pop. “I’ve been seeing a lot of different eye looks on social media,” he says. “If you see others wearing playful looks, it makes you more willing to try and experiment too.”
You know how Minnie likes to wear pink sometimes? Ta says the same thing applies when it comes to your holiday makeup selections—sometimes you need to ditch the red and do something totally surprising. “This look is a fun way to switch things up. It’s super undone, natural, and experimental—it makes pink feel modern,” says Ta. The secret to getting this look? Use a lip color on the lids (the color is more intense), blend it out with a brush, and top it off with a pat of eye gloss on the center of the lid.