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Elizabeth Banks Blogs: Get Her Look From the European Hunger Games Premieres

My wonderful European make-up artist Karen Adler got me looking all fancy for The Hunger Games premiers in London and Berlin. She’s amazing! She wrote a blog for eco-age.com with details all about the products and techniques she used and I wanted to share it with you all.

Beauty Maestro and Make-Up Artist Karen Adler:

Having worked with Elizabeth for the W premier years ago, I was incredibly excited to get the glam call to work with her again for the London and Berlin premiers of the Hunger Games! What a whirlwind, two cities, two looks, two girls and Darth Vader! Knowing absolutely nothing about the movie, I was completely blown away by the crowds that surrounded the red carpet, it was unbelievable - they were going crazy!

And not surprisingly, the film (which I was lucky enough to see) was brilliant, the crowds were right – unless I’m working on the next one, you may well see me joining them for the next installment! From a professional point of view, the make-up, hair and styling were insane and must have been so much fun to create - such visually exciting chaos! I would have loved to have the chance to play / help on that!

Elizabeth, like the true pro that she is, took the whole thing in her stride and simply glided down the red carpet. I loved both the looks created and was quietly over the moon about the reaction to how fantastic she looked to, my favourite quote being “glossy waves and perfect skin” Music to my ears.  So here’s the lo-down on the looks we created, first stop London and the stunning dress by Bill Blass!

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Elizabeth and the gang had just arrived from LA where all the cast had already been glittering on the carpet – let the challenge begin!  I loved the yellow dress and wanted to reflect the feel of it with a modern, fresh and relaxed look by keeping the hair and make-up minimal – as if I hadn’t even been there!

My all-time favourite hair brand is Kevin Murphy, introduced to me by Kylie years ago, it’s sulphate and paraben free, not tested on animals and also makes huge efforts to be as green as possible – perfect!  Firstly, I blasted some Fresh Hair through the roots which is a fantastic trick as it creates natural volume and also brightens the blonde a little.

Then I roughly parted the hair with my fingers down the centre, being careful not to ‘de-volumize’, and with my trusty curling wand at the ready, roughly took 3 inch sections and waved the hair, wrapping it round my finger and clipping into the direction I wanted the curls to fall.  Some sections up, some down, some bigger, some smaller, all over the place really!  Then leave for 20 minutes while the curls cool down and after that release the hair from the clips and loosen with your fingers. For some extra hold, again I always sprinkle a little of Kevin Murphy's powder puff around the crown!

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