Steal Katniss's Stunning Look With This 'Hunger Games' Hair & Beauty Tutorial (VIDEO)

In the history of cinema, we don't think a braid has ever been duplicated as often as the style Jennifer Lawrence wears as Katniss in the Hunger Games franchise.


The braid is completely badass, as is the character's makeup look. How does she get that perfectly rosy but natural-looking pout?

Thankfully, we have Wendy Rose Gould to the rescue! As a beauty expert for, she breaks down Katniss's style in clear, easy steps. So let's get down to business, shall we?

The Hair

"This is a relatively straightforward hairstyle. But to recreate the Katniss braid, you may want to get some hair extensions," Gould says. "We’re using Effortless Exensions Slip It On Hair, which is temporary and easy to work with. If you don’t need to add length, skip to step three."

1. Apply Serum

Prep your hair by applying hair serum. This will tame frizz and make your hair easier to manage, and it will also help create the same kind of shine that a lot of faux hair pieces have, thereby allowing it to blend a little easier. We're using Cureology Smoothing Anti-Frizz Hair Serum.

2. Apply Extensions

This step will vary depending on what kind of extensions you’re adding.

3. Move Hair

Shift all your hair to one side of your head.

4. Part Hair

Part your hair down the center.

5. Fishtail Braid

Now for the most arduous part of this hair tutorial: creating your fishtail braid (and it’s not even difficult). To do this, divide your hair into two sections, then drag an outer piece of hair from one section over to the other section. Pull tight, then repeat on the opposite side. Continue pulling tight as you braid the length of your hair, securing with a clear elastic on the end. Make sure all your hair is draped to one side of your head (secure with bobby pins if necessary), and then pull out sections of hair for that “piece-y” and lived-in look. You can use a texturizer or more serum to get those strands. Also, twist each of these pieces to keep them separated.

Now that your hair is on fleek, let's get to that classic Katniss face.

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The Makeup

"In three words, Katniss’s makeup is natural, dewy, and bronzed," Gould shares.

Face First

"I first applied Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream to my skin," Gould notes. "I then applied the bronzer in Paula Choice’s Blush It On Contour Palette with a bushy brush onto the apples of my cheeks. I also applied the bronzer to my forehead and chin, slowly building color. From the same palette and with the same brush, I added highlighter to the apples of my cheeks and the center of my forehead, then followed up with the darkest blush to add color onto my cheeks."

A Little Lid Love

"For my eyes, I used Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette," Gould explains. "I filled in my brows with Faint, then applied Naked 2 across my eyelids. I used Faint in my eye creases to create dimension, and blended out with W.O.S. The colors you choose for this eye look will depend on your coloring. In general, stick with a matte brown that’s darker than your skin for the eyelids, followed by a slightly darker brown in the creases. The blending color should match the color of your skin."

But wait, there's a finishing touch. "I also applied tre’StiQue’s Swiss Chocolate Line, Sharpen & Smudge Eye Pencil to my upper lash line and blended with an angled eyeliner brush, then threw on some Sigma Sinuosity mascara," Gould notes.

A Moment on the Lips

"For lips, I dabbed on a pinkish nude lacquer and blended it into my lips with my pinkie," Gould shares.

If you're more of a visual learner, Gould demonstrates all of these steps in her video tutorial, which you can check out right here.


Images via Lionsgate; Wendy Rose Gould/

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