When tasked with creating Harley Quinn‘s make-up seems to be for a movie, the place the hell does an individual even start? Amongst all of the comedian books, animated sequence, video video games, and prior motion pictures from the previous 20 years that includes the character, there’s an countless quantity of reference materials. So Heba Thorisdottir, the make-up division head for The Suicide Squad, wasn’t totally certain at first.

Deciding on a signature search for Margot Robbie as Harley within the upcoming James Gunn movie, she recollects, required tons of analysis due to that. “We searched on-line, we ordered tons of the comics — we went on eBay, we obtained outdated ones, we obtained newer ones — and we put collectively her character based mostly on what occurs in her script,” Thorisdottir explains. 

Final we left the character in 2020’s Birds of Prey, she was sporting pink and blue pigtails paired with bright-red lips, smudged black eyeliner, and a playful heart-shaped magnificence mark, all the results of her liberating break up from the Joker. For The Suicide Squad, nonetheless, Thorisdottir opted for a darker and much more recognizable iteration of Harley Quinn make-up because the character joins a brand new staff of antiheroes. With a cast-white complexion, heavy blood-red eye shadow, and pitch-black lipstick, Robbie’s look emulates greater than ever the Harley that followers know from the comics (you realize, sans the jester headpiece). 

Making certain a easy base was arguably crucial step in creating Harley’s look on Robbie, as Thoridottor explains. “We all the time begin with a scorching towel and skincare, then I’d use Desert Mist from Arcona as a sealant between the skincare and the merchandise,” she says. “Then I used the Smashbox Photograph End Primer for [the look] to remain on all day.” The muse answerable for the character’s long-lasting pale base, Thorisdottir provides, is Nars Smooth Matte Full Basis.

After utilizing an Hourglass Cosmetics Arch Forehead Sculpting Pencil to fill out the eyebrows, Thorisdottir depends on crimson eye shadow shades from two completely different palettes — one from Viseart and the opposite from Japanese model Suqqu  — to realize Harley’s vermillion look, which was topped off with Chanel Le Quantity de Chanel Mascara

Smashbox Photograph End Oil & Shine Management Primer

Nars Smooth Matte Full Basis

And people black lips? Not lipstick. “We ended up utilizing a Smashbox black eyeliner and simply put a bit of balm over it,” Thorisdottir reveals. “We discovered that stayed the most effective as a result of she goes via lots on this film.”


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