When tasked with creating Harley Quinn‘s make-up seems for a movie, the place the hell does an individual even start? Among all of the comedian books, animated collection, video video games, and prior motion pictures from the previous 20 years that includes the character, there’s an infinite quantity of reference materials. So Heba Thorisdottir, the make-up division head for The Suicide Squad, wasn’t fully positive at first.
Deciding on a signature search for Margot Robbie as Harley within the upcoming James Gunn movie, she remembers, required tons of analysis due to that. “We searched online, we ordered tons of the comics — we went on eBay, we got old ones, we got newer ones — and we put together her character based on what happens in her script,” Thorisdottir explains.
Last 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 workforce 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).
Ensuring a clean base was arguably a very powerful step in creating Harley’s look on Robbie, as Thoridottor explains. “We always start with a hot towel and skin care, then I would use Desert Mist from Arcona as a sealant between the skin care and the products,” she says. “Then I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for [the look] to stay on all day.” The basis accountable for the character’s long-lasting pale base, Thorisdottir provides, is Nars Soft Matte Complete Foundation.
After utilizing an Hourglass Cosmetics Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil to fill out the eyebrows, Thorisdottir depends on crimson eye shadow shades from two totally 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 Volume de Chanel Mascara.
And these black lips? Not lipstick. “We ended up using a Smashbox black eyeliner and just put a little balm over it,” Thorisdottir reveals. “We found that stayed the best because she goes through a lot in this movie.”