A Harley Quinn Halloween Makeup Tutorial with a Pop Art Twist

Don't just go as Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn this year — make it look like you jumped right out of a comic book!
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Don't just go as Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn this year — make it look like you jumped right out of a comic book!

We all knew Harley Quinn would be one of the most popular Halloween costumes this year, so you probably saw this tutorial coming. Only this version has a bit of a twist. Since I had so much fun doing a pop art look last year, I really wanted to do another one this year, and as soon as I saw Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, I knew — THIS IS IT! Her look is perfect for a pop art, comic-book-come-to-life version. It’s actually really fun to do, and not that hard!

For this look you’re going to need a few essential products:

  • A really light foundation/concealer (just a shade or two darker than white)
  • Setting powder
  • Red and blue eyeshadow
  • Black eyeliner (preferably gel and waterproof)
  • Mascara
  • Red lipstick
  • White eyeliner
These are the products I used.

These are the products I used.

You’re also going to need a few brushes! The most important/useful brushes, in my opinion, would be:

  • A fluffy powder brush
  • A dense eyeshadow brush (like a MAC #239)
  • A fluffy eyeshadow brush (like MAC #217)
  • A pointed liner brush for the details (Like MAC #210)
  • An angled brush (Like MAC #263)

And of course the costume itself. I was lucky enough to have a friend lend me a wig and clothing for this!

THE BASE

Get yourself pretty darn pale.

Get yourself pretty darn pale.

First you’re going to want to prime your skin with moisturizer and primer. Then you’re going to add your super-light foundation shade all over your face and neck. I used Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme in Light 1 and blended it out with my damp beautyblender. I didn’t want it to be true white because I'd be adding white as my highlight. 

Next I set my foundation with Ben Nye Neutral Set Colourless Powder and my MAC #150 brush. I then primed my eyes with Too Faced Shadow Insurance and set that with my Ben Nye powder as well to make blending the shadow easier.

THE EYES

The good thing about this look is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, and you can totally practice your blending skills.

The good thing about this look is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, and you can totally practice your blending skills.

Now I’ve gone in and added my red and blue eyeshadows. For the red I used my Ben Nye Powder Rouge DR-1 Flame Red, and for the blue I used the shade AB42 from my Kryolan Eye Shadow Compact in V2 Bright. I really packed it onto my lid with my MAC #239 brush and then into the crease. I used my MAC #217 brush to blend it out. You want this to be messy and dramatic, so I blended the shadows out into a dramatic cat eye and then dragged the shadows down in the outer corners.

THE LIPS

Very lived-in red lips. Probably the only time you want your red lipstick halfway down your face.

Very lived-in red lips. Probably the only time you want your red lipstick halfway down your face.

I’m using Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum. I filled it in as much as I could with the wand itself — to do this, I scrape off a lot of the excess product when taking it out of the tube so that it’s just a thin layer. I find liquid lipsticks tend to settle better with less product. 

I then go in and line my lips with the same product, but using Bdellium Tools #542 lip brush to basically line my lips with the product and create sharp clean edges. I’ve also added lines to the corners of my lips so that they’re more clown like. (This isn’t entirely accurate to her makeup in the film, but I wanted to add that little detail just for fun.)  I then drag down a bit on the right side in the corner.

THE BROWS

Everyone loves a bold brow, right?

Everyone loves a bold brow, right?

I’m actually just doing my brows like I normally would with my angled MAC #263 brush and my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Medium Brown with a drop of Inglot Duraline, but I’m making it a bit heavier than I normally would. I’m going to outline them with black liner eventually; I just didn’t want them entirely black because I like more gradient colors than flat.

Here I’ve added the black liner to the brows! I also used my NYX Doll Eye Mascara as a brow set.

Here I’ve added the black liner to the brows! I also used my NYX Doll Eye Mascara as a brow set.

THE DETAILS

To make this look really look like a pop art version, you need to add your black line work. It’s easy really: You just add lines to the natural lines of your face. It creates definition and makes you look 2D.

It’s the little things that make this look so cool and fun. It’s amazing what some line work can do!

It’s the little things that make this look so cool and fun. It’s amazing what some line work can do!

To do this, I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color in Jet with a drop of Inglots Duraline. I used my MAC #210 brush for more precise line work and my MAC #263 brush for heavier line work. I created a bit of a cat-eye liner to my eyes and then added crosshatching to create the depth and shape, similar to the shape of the eyeshadow. It’s just pulled out into a cat eye shape and dragged down into a point in the outer corners.

Here I’m adding the black liner as an outline for my lips.

Here I’m adding the black liner as an outline for my lips.

I then outlined my lips with the black liner. To create even more contrast I added white highlights to my lips using NYX Colored Felt Tip Liner in White and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.

Adding the white liner as a highlight to my lips.

Adding the white liner as a highlight to my lips.

For the rest of the line work, I outlined my chin, neck, cheekbones, and nose. I then added more shadows to my line work by using the black shade called Shax from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette with my Bdellium Tools #787 brush.

Blending out some black eyeshadow to add even more definition and shadow to my line work

Blending out some black eyeshadow to add even more definition and shadow to my line work

I also used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk as an extreme highlighter on my face and neck. I blended it out with my Bdellium Tools #781 brush, but you could always just use clean fingers to do it. I then set everything with my Ben Nye powder again to make sure everything settled. 

I also added House of Lashes Spellbound Lashes because of course I did — I love lashes.(Totally optional.)

Here I’m adding even more contrast and highlight with my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to the natural highlight points on my face.

Here I’m adding even more contrast and highlight with my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to the natural highlight points on my face.

THE FINAL LOOK

I think it turned out pretty cool if I do say so myself!

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You can really see the detail work around my eyes when I look down.

You can really see the detail work around my eyes when I look down.

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  • Are you considering Harley Quinn (this or any version) for your Halloween costume? 
  • Have you ever tried pop art makeup before? 
  • Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you recreate this look!