NEW YEARS EVE: Inspired by The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Having recently watched and drooled over the costumes and make up in Catching Fire, we thought some of the looks shown on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) would translate beautifully for New Years Eve. The costume designer did a beautiful job with the Mockingjay dress which is where the main idea for this look came from.

It’s also the one night of the year, we allow our make up reservations down a bit and get a bit more creative. Which also means, we take more time applying our make up and somehow using more products than usual. It’s known in my house that the more time I have to get ready, the more make up ends up on my face. I’m not even sure how this happens.


Gather your tools:

FACE: MAC Face & Body Foundation (C4 was used here for reference), Ascot Liquid Makeup in Amber (any cheap darker shade really), L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer in Light, Essence Eyebrow Designer in 02 Brown, Beautique Stippling Brush, Benefit Erase Paste in 02 Medium, Clinique Loose Powder in Translucent, a a big fluffy brush

EYES: Maybelline Gel Liner in Blackest Black, Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Black Diamond, Stila The Impressionist Palette from the Masterpiece Series Eye & Cheek Palette, Revlon Colourstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow in 585 Sea Mist, Revlon Colourstay Cream Gel Liner in White Mist, Eyeshadow brush, 2 clean lip brushes, angled brush, black kajal pencil (Revlon Grow Luscious in Black works well), black mascara of your choice and false lashes

LIPS: Stila Lipglaze in Kitten or MAC Freckle Tone or MAC Cherish


Step 1:

Since you want your make up to last all night, this is the one time of year that you should prime your skin. Apply your foundation and take time to buff it into your skin. To contour, start off with the darker foundation. Apply your darker contour colours where we have done above; the hollows of your cheek (the angle should be roughly from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth), along the sides of your nose, each temple, left and right side of your neck and the hollows of your collar bones. This is where shadows would naturally be cast. To highlight, use your concealer under your eyes down your cheek bone in a triangular shape, across your forehead, down the centre of your nose, your cupids bow of your top lip, middle of your chin, down the centre of your neck and on the collar bone itself; where ever light naturally hits. Take your stippling brush and gently buff in your contours followed by your highlight. If you stick to the area I’ve shown above you should have basic contouring down easily. Take your time with this, Kim Kardashian does NOT look like that without her make-up artist contouring her face every day.


Step 2:

Fill in your brows and go a bit heavier than usual because this look is quite dramatic. Then, take your gel liner like the Maybelline Gel Liner in Blackest Black and press it onto your lid. This helps the pigment stick and gives the colour some extra vibrance. Be careful with this. Use your index and pinkie finger up to your crease and then use a soft clean lip brush to smooth out the shape minding not to take the black too far up.


Step 3:

Gently press in the Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Black Diamond from the crease inwards but leaving the inner corners. Dust off your brush and pick up some of the light purple, Pastel from the Stila Masterpiece Series Impressionist palette and apply to the inner corner. Then take the sparkly purple, Watercolour from the same palette and pressed that on top. From the Revlon Sea Mist palette, use some of the dark purple and press it into the crease for added depth.


Step 4:

Next up, dispense a tiny bit of the Revlon Colourstay Cream Gel Liner in White Mist to the back of your hand. Blend some into your brow bone and inner corner as a highlight. Take the second clean lip brush and gently blend out the edges of the black and take some of the darker colour left on the brush and blend it lightly under the eye. Using an angled brush, pick up more of the Revlon gel liner in White Mist and do a reversed cat eye flick- so line the bottom lashes and flick outward. Line your lower and upper lashline with you favourite back kajal pencil. These are nice and soft and dont make your eye water.


Step 5:

Apply your false lashes (it is New Years Eve after all!) and blend it in with a bit of mascara if you feel like you need it. If you’re afraid of applying falsies yourself, ask a friend with a steady hand to help. When working with dark shadows you tend to get fall out quite easily while applying it. To fix this, simply apply a bit more concealer and using a clean fluffy brush to buff away the dark splodges. Finally, apply a nude lipgloss with extra shine. If you’re a lipstick wearer, I suggest either MAC Cherish or Freckle Tone. Since your eyes are so dramatic, there’s no need to go heavy on the cheeks or lips.

Finally here I am poppin’ bottles:


To take with in your bag for minor touch ups: concealer, black eyeliner, lip gloss or lipstick, small tube of emergency lash glue and a bobby pin.

There we have it! A Mockingjay inspired New Years Eye look with dramatic changes that will help you usher in the New Year with style.





  1. Thanks for sending me the link!Great easy to understand/do tutorial <3

    1. Thank Telma! It was most definitely out of my comfort zone for sure :)

  2. SUCH a babe!

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