A Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial for All the Old School Fans
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.
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
- Matte red liquid lipsticks
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.
Set your cream color with a light dusting of white or translucent powder.
Using a black pencil liner, carefully sketch the outline of your mask.
Now trace along the inside, circling the eyes.
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.
With a white liner pencil, apply to the eye area and lid, blending with your finger.
With your black pencil liner, line the inner rim of your lower lid.
Dust a matte white eyeshadow over your lids to prevent creasing.
With a black liquid liner, create a dramatic cat eye shape.
Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.
Using your black pencil liner, line lips, exaggerating the peaks of your top lip and extending your smile out on the corners.
Fill in lips with a deep wine liquid lipstick.
Now with a bright cherry red liquid lipstick, apply this on top for extra dimension.
Blend black shadow along your lower lash line for some extra smoke.
Apply a set of false lashes.
To give our mask a more leather-like finish, apply a black cream color over top if you’d like.
Pin up your hair and apply a wig cap.
Put on a wig that you’ve separated into two high pigtails.
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Originally published October 2015. Updated October 2017.