A big thank you to the stylists on the new movie The Hunger Games for finally making fun and fearless alternative makeup, unnaturally gorgeous hair colors, and gems/piercings that are purposefully visible on the face fashionable in an entirely mainstream sort of way. Hunger Games character Effie Trinket (brought to life by Elizabeth Banks) may be from a different generation, but we actually have a few things in common. We both have fair skin, change our hair color almost every time we change clothes, and enjoy the feminine beauty of a strategically placed Swarovski crystal or two (or ten, haha.)
The real story of Effie’s interesting makeup in the best photos that have been released by the Hunger Games team, is the cute little crystal on her cheek. While I’m sure Elizabeth Banks didn’t go out and get herself a microdermal piercing for the role, the way it mimics one definitely seems intentional.
And lets not forget that the Effie character’s alternative fashion sense has already sparked a noticeable rise in frosted violet wig sales, and, among other things, a Hunger Games inspired photo shoot starring alt fashion icon Audrey Kitching. (For those of you who don’t know Miss Audrey by the way, she’s been a driving force in the resurgence of the Monroe piercing.)
On a softer note, the stunning maquillage seen recurrently on Effie in the movie is actually quite reminiscent of the images seen in recent campaigns from some major luxury cosmetics superpowers, like Dior and Illamasqua. This of course begs the everlasting question of gothic and alternative fashion: “does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?”
I’d prefer to think that it’s a little bit of both.