Embrace your cosplay spirit with this easy Harley Quinn makeup tutorial

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  • Friday, May 3, 2019
Embrace your cosplay spirit with this easy Harley Quinn makeup tutorial
Embrace your cosplay spirit with this easy Harley Quinn makeup tutorial

Fancy dress party coming up? Harley Quinn is everything naughty and nice – and it’s a look that’s surprisingly easy to achieve with the help of some bold makeup.

While many party stores will sell face painting kits with all the colours you need, we recommend using real makeup as far as possible. It will be easier to apply and the colours will blend much better.

Here’s how to get the look!


1. Prep your face with white base

You’ll need to make your face whiter than white. This is where we recommend using the white ‘clown makeup’ that you can buy from your local dress-up store. Apply the white foundation with a brush and beauty sponge to get a nice smooth and even finish.


2. Define and blacken your brows

Harley Quinn has super dark eyebrows that contrast with her pale face. Use a creamy black eyeliner or brow pencil to define your brows. We recommend NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean. It glides on smoothly with a bold, dark finish.


3. Red and blue eye makeup

Iconic bright red and blue eyeshadow is what truly makes Harley Quinn look like Harley Quinn.

Brush red eyeshadow all over your right eyelid. Cover the lid and extend the colour to frame your whole eye. Blend the colour but keep it a bit messy. Then, use a fan brush to pull some colour down from the outer corner of your eye towards your cheekbone . Repeat on your left eyelid using blue eyeshadow.

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights has exactly the vivid red and blue shadow you need, and its highly pigmented and blendable. If you’re not really into brights, Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette is a good option and includes a brick red and deep teal for a more understated Harley Quinn look. Maybe you just want to go all out with glitter? Try NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Goals Cream Quad Palette in Love On Top. Use NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer on your lids to reduce fall out and make sure the glitter stays put.


3. Heavy black eyeliner

Use a black eyeliner to draw a heavy line all the way around each eye, then before it dries, smudge it a bit. We recommend L’Oreal Paris Superliner Superstar or NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner. Both products are liquid liners with flexible felt tips that glide on smoothly.


4. Bold red lips

Cherry red lips to match your eye makeup – that’s distinctly Harley Quinn! Try NYX Professional Makeup Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Electra, NYX Professional Makeup Line & Load All-In-One Lippie in Biker Babe or Maybelline Colour Sensation Made for all in Red for Me.


5. Black heart tattoo

Complete the look with Harley Quinn’s heart tattoo on your right cheek, using a felt-tipped black liquid eyeliner.


6. Set the look

You don’t need your makeup to slide off your face after a couple of hours of dancing right? Set the look with a spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray or NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray.

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