Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Harley Quinn Makeup

When it comes to university fancy dress, I learnt to not try too hard quite a while ago after going all out as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's and having barely anybody recognise who I was. After this moment, I adopted 'Minimal Effort' as my new stance on these many events which are likely to pop up throughout the year.

So, other than my many classic costumes such as 'Sexy Olaf' (from Frozen) and 'Girl Who Puts Candy Canes in her Hair', one that I decided on literally an hour before going out was Harley Quinn for a Heroes and Villains themed party. I was originally going to dress all in black and go as Catwoman (another famous cop-out), but I decided to make use of my favourite blonde wig.

And, honestly, I'm really pleased with how it turned out! Not wanting to take advantage of this blog post content, I set up my lights and took a few snaps before heading out. 

This was all very hit and miss and I basically made it up on the spot, but in case you want to re-create this look for cosplay purposes, or just your everyday makeup if that's your thing, here's how I did it.

I started by using the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer on all my blemishes and under my eyes. As you know I don't use foundation, but if you were to use one pick a shade lighter than you normally go. I then swept the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 'Pink Blossom' all over my face to keep the concealer in place. I used my Chelsea Brows brow powder in the shade 'Cappuccino' to fill in my brows. I made them quite thick and dark to contrast how pale my finished skin would be. 

For my cheeks I used the Sleek Blush in 'Rose Gold' on my cheekbones, probably more than necessary. Harley Quinn is a comic book character, after all, so everything can be emphasised. 

The rest of my face and eyes were created using only the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette, which is my go-to eyeshadow product. The shades don't have names so I shall just refer to them in the order they appear in the palette. I used Shade 1 (the highlighter) all around the eye, including underneath the brows, as well as underneath my eyes and on the sides of my nose. The dark, smokey eye was created using shades 9-12, which Shade 9 acting as the base and Shades 11 and 12 in the crease to create almost a pointed eyeshadow effect. If you find it hard to not get the eyeshadow everywhere, use a bit of masking tape on the side of your eye to create a more defined line. 

I lined my eyes on the top and bottom lash lines with the Arancil Paris Star Liner and used my current favourite mascara: The My Little Beauty Volume Et Soin Mascara which came in my My Little Box but sadly isn't available for purchase in the UK. I really hope they start shipping here soon because it's brilliant for volume. 

My favourite part was definitely the lips; I used the same eyeliner as a lipliner, then filled in with my favourite red lip laquer; Rimmel Apocalips in 'Big Bang'

The icing on the cake came in the form of my 'Carly' wig from Annabelle's Wigs*, which you may remember was my wig for Sweeney Todd. I absolutely adore how versatile it is, and I tied the big curls into bunches with a black and red ribbons. 

So that was how I accidentally made a minimal effort costume into something I was ultimately quite proud of. I hope to do a full Harley Quinn cosplay one day!

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