Every time a new image is released from The Hunger Games, fans react like it’s a gift from their sponsor flying in by silver parachute. (If you don’t know what that means, you still have 55 days to read the book before the premier.)
But we have to admit, even we squealed a bit over this new picture, which shows Katniss before the chariot ride in the opening ceremonies. Her dress, which earns her the nickname “Girl on Fire,” is amazing—but what we’re really impressed with is the smoldering makeup. In the book, Katniss describes her face in this scene as “relatively clear of makeup, just a bit of highlighting here and there.” But from the looks of the photo, makeup artist Ve Neill either didn’t read the book (we’re guessing probably not so likely) or took some creative license (and we don’t mind!). Here’s how she got the look:
Eyes: Neill used M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Orange to create the flare in the outer corners before lining her eyes in black cream liner. She added Urban Decay False Lashes in Lure for extra intensity. “The more makeup you put on a beautiful woman, the more exotic and mature she looks,” said Neill. “We wanted to keep her looking really youthful.”
Cheeks: Neill drew attention to her “beautiful, heart-shaped face” by highlighting her cheekbones with M.A.C. Lustre Drops in Sunrush (a liquid gold highlighter).
Lips: Those lips (which spend the last half of the Games kissing Peeta) were amped up with L’Oréal Infallible Lipgloss in Fiery (a bronzey pink). “We wanted it to be clean, crisp beauty with touches of color,” Neill said.
What do you think of Katniss’s makeup? Do you love it, or do you wish Neill had stayed more true to the book? And most of all, would you wear it?