Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Katniss Everdeen's Catching Fire Tribute Parade Look

I volunteered as tribute to do this Hunger Games makeup tutorial for you.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the influx of young adult novels in popular culture the past few years. I for one am all for it. I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea to make reading seem cool--and have you noticed how many of these films (Divergent, The Fault in our Stars, The Hunger Games) revolve around female main characters? Sure, they all have their issues, but I’m on board with this new wave of heroines. (Do not bring up Twilight.)

My favorite of the bunch is Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games. First of all, I love Jennifer Lawrence. Second, have you SEEN the makeup and hair in these movies? It’s CRAZY-GOOD.

It’s hard to pick a favorite look, but for Halloween, and in anticipation of the next film installment’s November arrival (!!!!), I’m going to recreate one of my favorite Katniss looks: her dramatic eye makeup from the Tribute Parade in Catching Fire. It’s not too difficult to do. Let me show you.


Halloween looks require extra dedication, since you want to look great all night long. For that reason, go heavy on the primer and foundation. I slathered my face with Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer for staying power and a bit of that fresh-faced “bout-to-start-a-revolution” glow. Then, I applied CoverGirl Whipped Creme Foundation with my fingers, followed by YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation with an ELF Foundation Brush.

Katniss’s brows are well-defined, and on the thinner side with not much of an arch. I used an angled brush and a dark brown shadow to fill mine in. My brows are somewhat flat as is, but if yours have a lot of arch to them, you can use concealer to create a flat effect. Or, shave them off and draw on new ones. This is a revolution we’re in, after all.

Using a fluffy brush and Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance, I bronzed my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and the outline of my face. I lightly contoured my cheekbones, since Katniss’ face is pretty well sculpted in this scene.

I fluffed some MAKE Matte Finish Blush in Ochre, a soft peachy pink, along my cheekbones. Then I brushed some L’Oreal True Match Blush in Spiced Plum onto the apples of my cheeks and used a clean brush to blend the two blushes together. Fiery!


Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. Using a very thin brush and Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Shadow in Blackest Black, I drew the outline for my shadow. The line should go all the way along your crease, or right above it, out into an extended wing shape.

Then I filled in both of my eyes with the black shadow and cleaned up messy bits with an extra brush.

Using Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liquid Liner in Eldorado, I sketched a line along the bottom edge of the black shadow extending up toward my eyebrows. From here, I carefully added the “gold wings” along the corner of my eye.

It was easier for me to draw the outlines of the wings very thin, and then fill them in. They should extend out beyond your eyebrow, but not all the way to the hairline.

I used a fine-point black liquid liner, Hourglass’ Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner, to outline the gold wings. Then I took the gold liner and drew a thick line under my eye against my lower lash line.

Once the gold liner dried, I penciled a black line over the gold, slightly below the lower lash line, and gently smudged it. The last step was black kohl liner on my waterline.


I have a huge crush on these Urban Decay Perversion Lashes in Glitter Dip. They’re the kind of thing you can really only get away with on Halloween.

I used the glue that came with the lashes, which goes on blue and dries clear, and went over the line where the adhesive was with a bit of black liquid liner.

I swiped on some mascara (MAC False Lashes Mascara) to push my natural lashes into the false ones.

Katniss’ hair is longer than mine, but I opted out of buying a wig. Her headpiece is dramatic, and you could go about making it several ways. I sort of cheated and just tucked some black feathers I picked up at the craft store into a double-strand headband.

Katniss’ lips are a nude-pink shade. I layered NYX Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap with Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Desirable.

Remember not to smile too much while in costume. These are serious times.

Okay, now I turn the floor over to you. Are you a Hunger Games fan as well? What’s your favorite look from the films? How excited are you for the next movie?