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Typically, if you think about this movie, [Link Removed], beauty trends wouldn't necessarily come to mind; however, Jackie's article has thought provoking items relating to beauty. Give it a read! A bald Barbie doll??? Really?

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Just because The Hunger Games novel is for the "young adult" audience doesn't mean "grown-ups" aren't lining up to see the blockbuster film based on the trilogy by author Suzanne Collins. In fact, I recently saw the film at an Upper West Side theater in New York City and the average age of the audience seemed to me to be over 40 (not a scientific evaluation, wink).

The Hunger Games book, first published in 2008 by Scholastic, made the New York Times Sunday Book Review's list of [Link Removed] in November, 2008.

What's it All About?  

The film, which has broken box office records and raked in over $152 million in its first weekend, tells the story of a futuristic society that has undergone some sort of drastic apocalypse and is divided up into 12 districts that surround a wealthy capitol. As punishment for a prior rebellion against The Capitol, each district must offer up a girl and a boy between the ages of 12 and 18 to fight each other to the death until only one winner remains. The heroine, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, volunteers to take part in lieu of her sister Primrose who was selected by random lottery.

The story follows Katniss and the other children in the race to survive while the powers-that-be in The Capitol control everything in the players' environment, including light, darkness, weather, obstacles and even creating rabid, futuristic wild dogs to hunt the children in the forest.

When we first meet Katniss, she is at home with her widowed mother and little sister, Primrose. Katniss' makeup is very natural and her hair is braided to one side, a popular style for the past couple of years. What's new and trendy and seen throughout the film is the ornate and intricate French and fishtail braids that are prevalent all over [Link Removed] one of the fastest growing social media sites in history that allows users to create "vision boards," fill them up with their favorite photos and share them across the community.

Natural for the Kids, Outlandish for the Adults  

Another aspect of the film that I found interesting is the stark contrast between the makeup and hairstyles on the children compared to the adults in the film (accentuating the generation gap?). The male adult character, Seneca Crane played by Wes Bentley, sports a beard shaved into an elaborate pattern bordering on paisley. Actor Elizabeth Banks' character, Effie Trinket, undergoes a variety of extravagant costume and makeup changes, at times appearing in lavender hair, blue lips and fuchsia mascara.

Before the participants – or tributes as they're called in the film – take part in the games, they are treated to a full makeover for the big entrance. At one point in the film, Stanley Tucci's blue-haired character Caesar Flickerman, the Master of Ceremonies of The Hunger Games, even exclaims, "The stylists are able to reflect the character of each district."

After the initial grand entrance where the tributes had been poufed and puffed by their stylists, the makeup is toned down to ultra natural for the actual "games."

Even Barbie Gets in on the Action  

That ultra natural look is reflected on the new makeup-free Katniss Everdeen Barbie doll, which just rolled out for pre-order at [Link Removed] and will be available in stores in August, 2012. Mattel describes the new Katniss Barbie as "created specifically for the adult collector."

"Hopefully 'Hunger Games' fans can appreciate the attention to detail," designer Bill Greening told Entertainment Weekly. "I am a huge 'Hunger Games' fan and loved all three books, so it was truly an amazing experience for me to be able to design the Katniss Barbie doll...I think it really pays tribute to Katniss and 'The Hunger Games.'"

Celebrity Makeup Artist Weighs in  

I asked celebrity makeup artist and Olay Ambassador Bruce Grayson for his take on the influence of films on beauty trends.

"From Faye Dunaway's classic depression-era blonde bob and dash of black eyeliner in Bonnie & Clyde, to Audrey Hepburn's strong brows and rose red lips in Breakfast at Tiffany's, there is nothing more exciting than when a beauty trend goes main steam by way of the movies," says Grayson. He should know – Grayson is the makeup department head for the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards telecasts.

Grayson's philosophy is if you start with good skin, it creates a "canvas" for the next part of your beauty routine – the makeup – allowing you to be less made up and more "you."

So, even if you're one of the five people who are not planning to see The Hunger Games film, you can still see the influence of the film by opening up your nearest beauty magazine or scanning [Link Removed] 

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