Movie Magic: Cinna’s Eye Liner (Looks HOT on Lenny Kravitz) and Other Hunger Games Cosmetic Tidbits

by Janine on 9 April 2012 · 15 comments

Forgive me for wanting to live in a world in which every guy could look as hot as Lenny Kravitz does in a swipe of metallic gold eye liner. Consolation: at least we live in a world in which Lenny Kravitz looks so hot wearing gold liner.

In The Hunger Games, Kravitz plays Cinna, the stylist who dresses Katniss and Peeta for their Hunger Games opening ceremony and public appearances following. And Make Up For Ever Metal Powder #1 Sunflower Gold, which makeup artist Ve Neill used to line Kravitz/Cinna’s upper lids, may well have become the most talked about bit of makeup in the film. Hot, right?

Word is Kravitz is such a fan of the look and the makeup that he’s stocked up for his next tour.

Other Make Up For Ever items used include a variety of HD Foundation shades and HD Blush #9 Light Brown as cheek highlight for Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, and Make Up For Ever Eye Seal mixed with colour pigments to create waterproof hues for Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket. (Waterproof was important for shooting in North Carolina’s summer.)

The movie’s hair colour, from Katniss Everdeen’s “flat, matte brunette” to unique, bright wigs for Effie, Stanley Tucci’s bronzer-faced blue-haired (and browed) Caesar Flickerman and the 500+ extras who played colour-crazed Capitol citizens, fell to Joico Guest Artist Cherry Petenbrink and a team of 35 hair stylists. The formula of choice was Joico Vero K-PAK Color; hair products in regular rotation for the cast included Joico K-PAK RevitaLuxe and Smooth Cure Smoothing System as well as Joico Design Collection stylers, Spiker and Spiker Blast, Joico JoiMist Firm Hairspray and Joico Brilliantine Pomade. (Find a Joico salon via

If you’re a fan of the colour Petenbrink created for Katniss, be aware that it’s not just about applying a single shade of brunette. To take the actress from blonde to dark brunette, Petenbrink used a two-step process which included “filling” Lawrence’s blonde with red tones before the final brunette shade — otherwise the result would have been green.

Here’s the recipe for going Katniss brunette from Jennifer Lawrence’s Level 9 blonde: (1) Joico Vero Chrome Demi Permanent Color ¾ N6 + ¼ G6; process 20 minutes. (2) glaze with Joico Vero Chrome ¾ A5 + ¼ N4.

And let’s not forget nails. Effie Trinket sports a vibrant ombré mani during District 12′s Reaping ceremony; other wildly colourful manicures flash throughout the film. Today’s nail art and hyper-bright lacquers would be completely at home in the Capitol, no? Given the poverty in most of The Hunger Games Districts, nail polish wasn’t a thing for that population. But they get a nod in the China Glaze The Hunger Games collection, which was inspired by the film.

Delightful, delicate, fantastical Paperself lashes also play a part in the movie. Effie Trinket wears Deer and Butterfly lashes (featured here) — heck, what doesn’t she wear? But the brand’s show-stopping moment is Katniss Everdeen’s victory interview, for which she appears to be wearing a snip of Paperself Small Peacock lashes (above) at the outer corners of her eyes. Divine.

You’ve seen The Hunger Games at least once, right? If you haven’t this clip tells you more about Cinna. If you have, here — oggle Cinna.

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Lesa 9 April 2012 at 8:25 am

Ah, I was convinced Katniss was wearing Shu lashes.


Janine 9 April 2012 at 8:40 am

I very quietly squeaked “Paperself lashes!” when I watched the film. They’re so amazing! I have some archived. *grin*


Jenn W 9 April 2012 at 1:50 pm

Love it! Now the next question is where can one get Joico colour in Toronto?


Janine 9 April 2012 at 4:28 pm

I think you’ll need to check for salon locations; I’ll see what I can find out, too!


beachgal 9 April 2012 at 7:30 pm

I used to find joico makeup at beauty supply stores and also was a line that was marketed to beauty salons, nail salons to carry.


beachgal 9 April 2012 at 7:29 pm

There really was some way out makeup in this movie – I will be surprised if it’s not nominated for an Oscar for makeup this next awards season – if they have not forgotten the movie by the time to nominate.


Tracy 10 April 2012 at 12:07 am

I was so jealous of Lisa Bonet when she married Lenny. SO JEALOUS. So, as you can tell, I’ve been oggling him FOR YEARS!! :)


Janine 10 April 2012 at 12:57 am

Well, they’re not together anymore… *grin*


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