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Effie Trinket Costume and Makeup

Updated on October 6, 2013

How to Dress Like Effie Trinket | Hunger Games Cosplay Tutorial

Effie Trinket, the delightfully oblivious escort for District 12 competitors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games, is a fabulous costume for girls interested in something outrageous yet fashionable. Now that The Hunger Games has solidified itself as an international phenomenon, Effie's brightly colored outfits, wacky makeup and ever-changing hair styles are sure to be a blockbuster all their own on Halloween.

Here you'll find costume descriptions from The Hunger Games, photos of the outfits worn by Elizabeth Banks in the movie and inspiration for recreating Effie's hair, makeup and outfits using inexpensive clothing and accessories.

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket - Inspiration for your Hunger Games costume

Effie Trinket Hunger Games Costumes
Effie Trinket Hunger Games Costumes

Hot pink from head to toe with puffy sleeves and extravagant ruching, Effie's flashy Capitol outfit stands out at the District 12 reaping. To recreate Effie's most well-known look, scour thrift stores for a tailored fuchsia jacket and matching knee-length pencil skirt -- the more detailed the better! If you're down to DIY your Effie Trinket costume, keep an eye out for vintage prom dresses that can easily be altered. Puffy sleeves like Effie's were hugely popular in the 1980s!

When visiting District 12, Effie sports a pair of stylish black booties. Heels are the only option when it comes to fashionable footwear in the Capitol so don't even think about wearing flats with your costume! Choose the tallest, most outrageous heels you can find and show off that Capitol physique.

Top off your costume with Effie's signature accessory: an oversized flower. Placement of the flower is key! Rather than clipping the accessory on the side of your curly blonde wig, attach it just above the center of your forehead.

Chinese Laundry Women's Haylie Pump,Black,7 M US
Chinese Laundry Women's Haylie Pump,Black,7 M US

These Chinese Laundry heels range in size from 5 to 11 and feature the sort of height and detail Effie Trinket would adore.

 
Funny Girl Designs Emma Rhinestone Flower Hair Clip (Hot Pink)
Funny Girl Designs Emma Rhinestone Flower Hair Clip (Hot Pink)

Five inches wide, this inexpensive flower accessory features a traditional alligator clip.

 

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While watching the pre-Hunger Games interviews with Katniss, Peeta, Cinna and the other stylists in the Capitol, Effie dons a teal satin blouse with even puffier sleeves. District 12's fabulous escort uses fashion to accentuate her femininity so tuck your teal blouse into a tight, dark pencil skirt. Effie is also infamously obsessed with etiquette and her skirts are always knee-length so keep it classy, Capitol fashionistas!

Accessorize your blouse like Effie with vintage flowers. Silk flowers are easy to find online and in craft stores like Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics. Attach an over-sized blue and brown flower to the right shoulder of your shirt with hot glue or a needle and thread and another pile of black petals to the right side of a super curly green-tinted wig.

Jones New York Women's 3/4 Cowl Neck Top, Crystal Teal, X-Large
Jones New York Women's 3/4 Cowl Neck Top, Crystal Teal, X-Large

This top is the perfect shade of teal for your Effie Trinket costume and is eligible for free shipping.

 
WD2U 3 in 1 Chiffon Rose Flower Hair Bow Alligator Clip Black 1186
WD2U 3 in 1 Chiffon Rose Flower Hair Bow Alligator Clip Black 1186

This five-inch silk flower has chiffon accents and comes with three different ways to attach it to your hair.

 

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Effie takes her pastel purple dress (check it out below!) to the next level with a pair of open-toed gold booties. The shoes actually worn by Elizabeth Banks in the Hunger Games movie are undoubtedly beyond the price range of most Effies. Rather than dropping a week's salary on a pair of designer pumps, pick up some inexpensive knock-offs at Marshalls, T.J. Maxx or online.

Once you've found the perfect shoes, jump ahead of the fashion curve with the latest Capitol trend: sheer ankle socks. Few heels are worn without them in Panem's wealthiest district.

Pleaser Women's Wink 01 Peep Toe Glitter Oxford Pump,Gold Glitter,10 M US
Pleaser Women's Wink 01 Peep Toe Glitter Oxford Pump,Gold Glitter,10 M US

Ranging in size from 6 to 14, these sparkly peep-toe pumps are also available in hot pink and bright purple. Choose your favorite!

 
Lace Anklets
Lace Anklets

These dainty lace ankle socks are right in linewith Effie's feminine and fabulous style -- and they're less than $3!

 

Effie's hair is an ever-changing part of her wardrobe -- and an essential part of your Hunger Games costume! Her curly blonde locks are chopped in a subtle A-line with a small curly tail and are typically dyed to match her wardrobe.

If permanently altering the style and color of your natural hair doesn't appeal to you, there are loads of curly blonde wigs available online and in costume shops. After finding the perfect wig, temporarily tint your new curls with colorful hair spray. Jerome Russell B Wild temporary color spray washes out with shampoo, glows under a blacklight and is available in a wide variety of colors (including pink, purple and green).

Lady Gaga Curly Hair Wig With Pink Streak,Blonde,One Size
Lady Gaga Curly Hair Wig With Pink Streak,Blonde,One Size

This Capitol-worthy wig comes pre-colored with bubblegum pink locks at its lower hairline.

 

Although wearing brightly colored makeup might seem intimidating, your Effie Trinket costume simply won't be complete without wacky lipstick, crazy eye shadow, outrageous fake lashes, two-tone nail polish and maybe even bleached eyebrows.

For Effie-inspired lips, color the middle of your lips with neon blue or hot pink lipstick. Next, dab a complimentary color such as silver or gold on the very center of your pucker. For Capitol-worthy eyes, brush hot pink or lime green shadow all the way up to your eyebrows and glue on a beautiful pair of Paperself lashes, preferably the deer and butterfly pair that was actually worn by Effie Trinket in the movie. And for fashion-forward nails, recreate Effie's perfect two-tone polish by reversing the traditional French tip style. Paint the bottom third of yours nails fuchsia and the top two-thirds gold.

The most dramatic way to become Effie Trinket is to bleach your eyebrows. Elizabeth Banks bleached her eyebrows to play Effie in The Hunger Games-- and so did the hundreds of female extras who were chosen for the Capitol scenes! While bleaching is technically permanent, your brows will grow back to normal within four to six weeks. If you prefer to look like Effie for just a night or two, you can immediately dye your eyebrows back to their natural color using an inexpensive at-home hair coloring kit (about $10).

SHANY United Colors of SHANY - 180 Color Eye shadow palette
SHANY United Colors of SHANY - 180 Color Eye shadow palette

This massive eye shadow palette packs every possible color you could ever desire into a sleek, portable case. The kit includes both shimmer and matte shadows.

 
Aloe Vera Color Change Mood Lipstick Assorted Lipsticks 12pc
Aloe Vera Color Change Mood Lipstick Assorted Lipsticks 12pc

Show off your mood with a lipstick assortment worthy of the trendiest Capitol citizens. These lipsticks even change with your mood.

 
Paperself Regular Eyelashes Deer & Butterfly 1 pair
Paperself Regular Eyelashes Deer & Butterfly 1 pair

Add a dash of fabulous to your eyelids with these beautiful Paperself lashes.

 
China Glaze Hunger Games 2012 New Nail Polish Lacquer Collection
China Glaze Hunger Games 2012 New Nail Polish Lacquer Collection

What better way to get that two-tone polish look than with China Glaze's Hunger Games collection?

 

Effie Trinket Makeup Tutorial - A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Effie's Look

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May the Odds Be EVER in Your Favor - What do YOU love most about Effie Trinket and the Hunger Games?

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      4 years ago

      Lol her face

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      very outgoing and knows her style

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. I thought it was interesting.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      i like her unique sense of style and her talent at annoying katniss!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Effie trinket being so outright and outrageous with her attitude and outfits. The hunger games is really good because it is a gut-renching story full of everyday lessons just creative and abstract in ideas and full of adventure, compassion, and romance fit in where people are sentenced to die.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      nice job thanks for sharing

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      FancyThatUK 

      5 years ago

      She is just so excentric! I love her style even though its kinda awful - I suppose its so bad its good!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      EVERYTHING XD

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Her amazing makeup and hair. I could so do that at home at home in just a couple hours

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      no im effie

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      dude im so effie this year 4 halloween can't wait to pick out my shoe

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      her colerful clothes

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      THAT is MAHOGANY!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Me too I was looking for that!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      JOSHY HUTCHERSONNNN!!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      the cave scene

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      effie

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: u know that u r ruder than anyone else that i have ever met! >:(

      Why r u telling other people that they r the rude ones!!! >:(

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      peeta

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Caroline what you said down there was in fact improper grammar and stop being rude to other people over the internet

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Stephanie, please be kind to people. No one likes a rude random cyber bully that doesn't even know what they are talking about.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I am totally going to be Effie for Halloween. I don't care that I'll be 25 by that point, Halloween is in my blood. Also, Caroline honey, please learn the English language before posting anything. I think you meant to say, "You know I was disappointed for the quotes. There was no 'That is mahogany!'" And for your information, that quote was in fact in the movie. Just saying.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      u no i was disappointed for the quotes their was no

      THAT IS MAHOGANY!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Words cannot begin to describe how much I love Effie Trinket. :D

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I went to the midnight premiere, I dressed up as Katniss, boyfriend dressed up as Peeta, and my BFF was Prim. There was a costume contest and I won

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      wildsimplicity 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @anonymous: I was a Capitol extra, too, Chelsea! Such an incredible experience. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Seeing myself as a Capitol extra on the big screen! :-) Best time of my life. Period.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      GOING WITH ALLL MY FRIENDS!!!!!!! AND DRESSING UP OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I like the peacock eyelashes, they are my favorite ones.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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