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Beauty Decoder: Learn How To Do The Bandit Mask

Hannah Johnson wields a little makeup hocus-pocus to bejewel the New Year’s night


Our beauty columnist at Toronto’s One King West Hotel

During those exciting few hours pre- and post-midnight on New Year’s Eve, you can be exquisitely eccentric or perfectly anonymous—caught in a limbo floated by champagne kisses and electric oxygen. Givenchy’s spring show inspired my passage-to-2014 look. Models’ faces were cloaked in multidimensional, bejewelled makeup masks, aristocratic and tribal at once.

Audrey Hepburn, Hubert de Givenchy’s original muse, provided the wearable take. Her lacy bandit mask in the Parisian caper How to Steal a Million had the pretty, uplifting quality of cat eyes. For my fun, trompe l’oeil version, I mixed mediums as they did backstage, blending cream shadow, shimmer, glitter, sequins and mini gems. The night-sky results concealed yet revealed, framing my eyes as if they were gallery masterpieces unto themselves.