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A Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial for All the Old School Fans

Ivy Boyd is a beauty blogger and a makeup artist who has previously worked for Sephora and as a graphic designer. She studied art in college and brings that approach to her makeup artistry and YouTube tutorials. Ivy loves everything from...

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup

Don't get us wrong, we love Margot Robbie's version of Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad — it's just that we're a little partial to the old-school DC comic book version. There's really just nothing like the badass, OG Harley Quinn that really looks like a harlequin. Isn't that the point of her name? Not only that, the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn has been in heavy rotation for the past couple Halloweens running, so we think a different version for this year's festivities is definitely in order.

More: Classic Wonder Woman Makeup Will Make You Feel Like a Badass on Halloween

Here's how to pull it off.

You will need:

  • Black and white cream colors
  • Translucent powder
  • Black pencil and liquid eyeliners
  • Black matte eyeshadow
  • White matte eyeshadow
  • Mascaras
  • Matte red liquid lipsticks

Directions:

Step 1:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Using a sponge, stipple white cream color all over your face. It doesn’t need to be super opaque, but enough to create a pretty pale complexion.

Step 2:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Set your cream color with a light dusting of white or translucent powder.

Step 3:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Using a black pencil liner, carefully sketch the outline of your mask.

Step 4:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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More: This Simple Halloween Ghost Makeup Tutorial Makes Spooky Look Glam

Now trace along the inside, circling the eyes.

Step 5:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Using a flat, synthetic brush, fill the entire mask shape with black shadow. Use a pressing motion to avoid fallout onto the white areas of your face.

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A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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With a white liner pencil, apply to the eye area and lid, blending with your finger.

Step: 7

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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With your black pencil liner, line the inner rim of your lower lid.

Step 8:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Dust a matte white eyeshadow over your lids to prevent creasing.

Step 9:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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With a black liquid liner, create a dramatic cat eye shape.

Step 10:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Step 11:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Using your black pencil liner, line lips, exaggerating the peaks of your top lip and extending your smile out on the corners.

Step 12:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Fill in lips with a deep wine liquid lipstick.

Step 13:

Now with a bright cherry red liquid lipstick, apply this on top for extra dimension.

Step 13:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Blend black shadow along your lower lash line for some extra smoke.

Step 14:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Apply a set of false lashes.

Step 15:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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To give our mask a more leather-like finish, apply a black cream color over top if you’d like.

Step 16:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Pin up your hair and apply a wig cap.

Step 17:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Put on a wig that you’ve separated into two high pigtails.

Step 18:

A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Kick. Ass.

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A step-by-step guide to becoming Harley Quinn for Halloween with awesome makeup
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Originally published October 2015. Updated October 2017.

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