4 Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorials

by |September 21, 2023

Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorials

We love watching how character designs change over time, and one of the most prolific characters for us has been Harley Quinn! Many of her outfits and overall looks are quite different, and yet they somehow all still scream "Harley Quinn". Her passion for fashion makes her one of the most popular cosplay characters for conventions, Halloween, and other costumed events. Just like her outfits, Harley Quinn's makeup varies too! If you're looking for Harley Quinn makeup ideas, we'll be sharing several makeup tutorial videos throughout this video for some of her most popular costumes. Keep reading to find the best Harley Quinn makeup idea for you!


Classic Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial

Say hello to your new and improved Harley Quinn!


Classic Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Welcome to HalloweenCostumes.com! Today we will be doing the classic Harley Quinn makeup look. Start by applying a thin layer of white face paint all over the face. Next, sweep a translucent setting powder over the top to set the face paint. Draw a bold wing using a black pencil, liquid, or gel liner. Smudge the liner and add a little black shadow over the top of that liner for a messy, chaotic look.

Use a white or light-colored eyeshadow and apply all over the lid and up into the brow. This will help the face paint from creasing on the eyelids. Apply your favorite bold red lip color, and fill the top lip with black liner or lipstick for that classic Harley Quinn look.

Now, it's time to slip into your favorite red and black number, and you're ready for a date with Mister J.


2021 Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial

Oh wow, I'm a princess!


2021 Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Welcome to HalloweenCostumes.com! Today we are going to show you a makeup tutorial for the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn. Apply a white or light-colored foundation all over the face. Put a thin layer of eyeshadow base all over the eyelids. Press in a red eyeshadow. Then, take a blending brush and blend up and out for that smoky look. Use a light brown shadow as your transition color, and blend from the crease up and out.

Use a black liner, and outline and fill the lips. I put a little black eyeshadow over the top to ensure it didn't budge. Use a contour color or cool brown shadow, and blend it out under the cheekbones. With a black eyeliner, line the full top and lower lid. If it's not completely even, you can smudge it out a little. This will help create a more even line, even if you don't have one to begin with.

Take a brown or black eye pencil and draw the little lines around the bottom lid. Draw on Harley's signature face tattoo with a black liner. I put a little black shadow over the top to make it look matte and cleaned up the edges with a black liquid liner.

Clip in red and black extensions under the hair, right above where your first braid is going to start. Braid the hair loosely, and secure with a hair tie. Put on your favorite jacket and squad up!


Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial

Hey! Scram, Bats! This is my me time!


Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Welcome to HalloweenCostumes.com! Today we will be completing the Harley Quinn makeup look from Arkham Asylum. Start by applying foundation. I chose one that is a little lighter than the model's skin. Next, apply a small amount of eyeshadow base and let it dry. Using a pressing motion, press burgundy eyeshadow from lash to crease, and blend out into a wing. You can hold a cotton pad under the eye to help minimize any eyeshadow fallout.

Take a black eyeshadow and blend up and out from the crease and into the wing. Don't worry if it looks messy, because you can always take a thin, angled brush and clean up the line with black shadow. If you don't have a black shadow, you can even use a black eye pencil.

Use the burgundy shadow and sweep it under the bottom lash, and connect it into the wing. Smudge a dark eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. Clean up any fallout with a big powder brush dipped into a little setting powder.

Using a contour color or cool under-toned brown eyeshadow, define the hollows of the cheeks and blend. Apply a nice, thick coat or two of black mascara. It's time for my favorite part—Harley Quinn's bold, red lip! Use a red lip liner after the lipstick is applied to get a precise line, and fill any uneven parts. You can clean up any edges around the lips with a little concealer or foundation on a flat brush. Add gloss over the top for that vinyl lip look.

For the pigtails, I used hair chalk in red and black, and stippled it into small clip-in hair extensions. You can also use clip-in colored extensions or even just colored ribbons. Tuck the extension under the hair, just above where the pigtails will be. Use a small elastic hair tie and make your pigtails. Wrap a little section of hair around the hair ties to hide them and create a more polished look. Secure the hair with a bobby pin or two. Blend in the colored hair extensions with a comb.

Now, it's time to get dressed and take control of Arkham!


Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial

Being yourself is the greatest superpower!


Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

Welcome to HalloweenCostumes.com! Today we are going to show you a makeup tutorial for DC Super Hero Girls' Harley Quinn. Start by dusting a light-colored powder all over the face for that pale Harley Quinn look. Use a charcoal shadow on the outer lid. Draw a backward "c" and blend. Using a burgundy shadow, fill the rest of the eyelid in and blend out and up.

Contour the hollows of the cheeks with a brown shadow or a cool-toned contour powder or cream. Apply a nice, thick coat of your favorite mascara. Fill the lash line with a black eyeliner and blend it out with a brush for that smudgy look.

Line and fill the lips with your favorite bold red lip color. Divide each pigtail in half and hide the clip of the hairpiece between the two, and wrap the colored hair between the curls. Darken up the eyebrows with a dark blond eye pencil and using hair-like strokes, and following the natural shape of the eyebrow.

Strap on your mask, team up with your girlfriends, and cause some mischief!


Harley Quinn Costumes

Harley Quinn Costumes

Classic Harley Quinn CostumeKids' Harley Quinn CostumePlus Size Harley Quinn CostumeArkham Asylum Harley Quinn Costume
Suicide Squad Moto JacketDC Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn Costume 2021 Suicide Squad Harley Quinn CostumeSuicide Squad Red Dress Harley Costume

Makeup is only part of the equation when preparing your Harley Quinn cosplay. Of course, you can't forget your costume! We showed you Harkey Quinn makeup ideas for several of her famous looks, including a classic Harley Quinn makeup based on her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn's appearance in the Arkham Asylum video game, 2021's Suicide Squad, and the DC Super Hero Girls cartoon. Therefore, we picked this selection of Harley Quinn costumes from each of those adaptations. Of course, you're more than welcome to tackle some of her other looks should you choose another costume!


Harley Quinn Accessories

Harley Quinn Accessories

Suicide Squad Harley Quinn WigDC Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn WigHarley Quinn MaskClassic Harley Quinn Shoes
Inflatable Harley Quinn MalletKids' Harley Quinn MalletHarley Quinn BatSuicide Squad Harley Quinn Cosplay Belt

After taking the time to meticulously pick out your costume and makeup, you don't want to skimp on the costume accessories! You can find cosplay-specific pieces such as her belt or eye mask if you're DIYing the rest, or pick up a mallet or bat, some of her favorite prop weapons. If you're not a natural blonde, you may find it easier to find an appropriate Harley Quinn wig too! Of course, you can always find additional Harley Quinn costume accessories to complete your outfit.


There are so many ways to craft your own Harley Quinn costume that it's hard to keep track of them all! We have previous tutorials for Harley Quinn's first Suicide Squad movie outfit, along with her orange jumpsuit costume from the same movie. Did you want to make a custom Harley Quinn hammer? We can help with that too! Also, should you want to attempt one of her more contemporary looks, we have a Birds of Prey Harley Quinn tutorial for your harlequin needs.


We hope you're ready to hit the party feeling your very best! Which version of Harley Quinn is your favorite? Have you cosplayed as Harley Quinn before? Share your experiences with us in the comments below. Don't forget to pick up some other Batman costumes for any group costume ideas!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at HalloweenCostumes.com, where she is an assistant editor and covers tutorials, crafting and pop culture. Angela has created costumes and props for Halloween events, conventions and Renaissance festivals.

Some of her favorite costumes include 90s Rogue, a custom Jedi, warrior elf, and some nameless Renaissance pirate. (She’s still figuring out how to make a Jedi light-chakram.) You can find her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.

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