Harley Quinn Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial by Charlie Short
Harley Quinn is one of the most popular Batman villains ever, but you’ve never seen her quite like this before.
Makeup artist Charlie Short, PinkStylist on YouTube, paired Harley’s original costume from Batman: The Animated Series with a Day of the Dead-style sugar skull makeup design, and it’s absolutely amazing.
Click here to check out the other makeup looks that Charlie has based around our costumes, if you haven’t already. Otherwise, watch the video below to get inspiration for own twisted take on Harley Quinn:
Follow along with the transcript of this video:
This time I’m dressed up as Harley Quinn, or more specifically Harley Quinn as a sugar skull. I thought about doing the original Harley Quinn makeup, but it’s been done quite a lot before and I wanted to put my own theatrical spin on it. It’s just a super fun colorful makeup really, it’s not really got any hard and fast rules as long as you got the mask. You can just pretty much have fun with the design and go crazy.
A Harley Quinn inspired makeup has been requested like tons in the past so I’ll flash the first few names of the people in the past that requested Harley Quinn makeup. I hope it’s ok that I did this version. And the very, very, very first person that requested it was right here, so thank you everyone that requested it, but thank you you’re the first person. So yeah if you’d like to learn how to recreate this makeup stay tuned.
So the first thing I’m going to do is block out both my eyebrows so I’ll pop a link on the screen right here to teach you guys how to block your eyebrows out. As always just to make this video a little bit shorter. Yeah so I’ll go block out both my eyebrows and we’ll go from there.
So then I can take a Snazaroo Clown White and I’m going to apply that just down the middle of my face and then blend that out with a Kabuki Brush. There’s no need to go on my ears or my neck because the costume covers that. Then I can settle that with some Ben Nye Setting Powder in Super White. So I’m just going to press that all over my face press it quite heavily on my eyebrows, let it set for a few minutes just to really sink into the face and then brush off the excess.
I’m making this makeup up as I go along, so I’m going to start I think on the mouth, cause that’s usually my favorite area to start with when I do skulls. It’s just fun to get the iatrical lines going. Plus I’ll get to know exactly how much space I got to work with around it. So I’m going to take a Makeup Forever Flash Palette and I’m going to use the Black from that palette which are like really nice thick creams that are really rich in color so this should be a nice black. I’m going to just map out the shape that I want for the smile.
Okay so that’s the rough shape that I want, as long as it’s pretty much symmetrical and I got the distance that I want. I know where I’m going now, and then I can just strike down to where each tooth is going to be. So there we are I just did it roughly for now because now I’m going to need to map out some webs.
I’m going to join on each point into like a web, so that it will look like a W on the top. It’s going to go like peaks on top and I’m going to do exactly the same on the bottom, but upside down. Just make sure the tips of each piece taper off.
So there we are. I’m going to go back in there later on and neaten out, but for now I’m just going to move on cause I don’t want to spend too much time on that one area. Then I’m just going to take a random eyeliner pencil as long as it’s a Kohl Pencil, and it seems to remove if you make a mistake so it should be fine. I’m just using a Collection 2000 Kohl Eyeliner Pencil and I’m just going to trace on the shape that I want for the mask, the eye area, because there needs to be a few things in this makeup, like obviously the black lips and the mask, to obviously adjust to Harley otherwise it’s just a sugar skull.
So I’m just going to trace on the shape really roughly so it’s going to be small and then get larger. It’s super, super rough but you get the idea. Then I’m going to take a MAC Red Chroma Cake water color so basic Red and I’m going to use that just to paint underneath my eyes and my eyelid. Then I’m going to take a Black Water Color by MAC this is one of their Chromacakes and I’m going to use that to paint the inside of the mask, except I’m going to leave some shapes out I think I’m going to paint some red in. Plus I’m going to leave a little tiny white edge around the red eyes. Actually I was going to do this step after I’ve done the black but it might be easier to work with the red and the black, so I’m going to take the MAC Chroma Cake Red again and I’m just going to paint the middle area after I’ve drawn this shape here. I’m just going to try and change and make some different shapes here and then color that in with the red as well.
Ok so I just got done blending in red there and I got a little Red Diamond in the center. Then I’m going to take some gems which I got from the craft shop and I’m just going to use the red gems from that and I’m going to stick them all the way around this little mask I made here and I’m going to stick them down with some Duo Glue, which is just an eyelash adhesive. Cause I have to incorporate gems into this somewhere. I can’t make a sugar skull makeup without gems, that would be silly. Actually ignore that this is what happens when I make this up as I go along. I’m just going to end up leaving it on the edges of my mask just cause I think it looks a bit more affective. I think adding too many gems might take away from the actual look.
Then I’m going to take the Black from my Makeup Forever Palette and I’m just going to paint my usual skull nose which is basically like a little fox. You’ll see the way I do it but it’s basically a little face, little nose and two pointy ears. Ok so that’s what I mean a little fox, little pointy ears, little nose yeah sorry haha.
Then I’m going to take a Grima’s Black Cream and I’m going to do a little bit of bone work I think on the side of the face. So I’m just going to draw around my mouth I’ve got here this smile and then I can do some temples, and a bit of the jawbone. So I’m just going to sketch this on roughly and blend it out afterwards; and just going to add some more of the black cream and just sweep the color outwards. Sorry I kind of just went on autopilot there I was blending out and then I kept on going without stopping to explain sorry.
Basically what I’ve done is took the black and just covered in the hollow, which is going to be here and then swept the color downwards just so it looks like the mouth is peering out a little bit. Then I’m going to do some temple designs but I’m going to do them quite far in because the costumes going to cover a lot of this. So I’m just going to do two lines further in than I usually would. Two half-moon shapes and then blend them out so that the darkest points towards the center.
Then I’m just going to do a couple lines with the Black Cream I’m still working with the Grimas Black Cream by the way and just go around here and then I can blend that color upwards. It just makes the eyebrows being raised. Ok I’ve made it quite dark because I’m going to be doing some patterns on the top of it and I just don’t want to lose the expression underneath. Then taking a tiny, tiny bit of that cream I’m just going to go around the edge of the bone structure I’ve drawn here and a little bit around the mask and nose as well.
Just stagger in the line and sweeping the color towards the center. Then taking the cream again I’m going to do my usual spider web pattern on the forehead except it’s going to be quite low down because again most of this is going to be hidden by the cow of the costume. Then I’m just going to join them together and whist them away.
Then after each bit of web I’m just going to sweep that color upwards so it blends out. I’m just going to put one of the gems just on the end cause why not and I won’t worry about this area here because it’s going to be covered. Then I’m just going to take my Collection 2000 Extreme Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen and just do some really little doodles just to loop in little areas around here and yeah just some pretty patterns that are really symmetrical, well as symmetrical as I can get it.
Then taking the Black Makeup Forever Cream I’m going to do a peak in the middle of my chin and take it around my jawline just so that I’ve got like a silhouette for the hood to go around. Then I’m just going to take the Black Cream one more time and I’m going to go across the top of my eyelid and underneath my eyes and just do a winged eyeliner.
Then just adding to that I’m going to add a quick smoky eye with a Sugarpill Black so Bulletproof Eyeshadow. So I’m just going to apply that to the edge of my eyeliner and then smoking it out. Ok so the wing still attained most of its shape it’s just blended outwards. Then I’m going to apply some false eyelashes which is optional with this kind of look. I need as much help as I can get when it comes to making my eyes look more feminine so yeah. So I’m going to use some Eldora Lashes you can actually see there B178 Lashes they’re beautiful, but there not massive. I’m just going to stick them to my eyelashes with some Duo Eyelash Glue.
Then all that’s left for me to do is pop in some contact lenses, my costume and I think I’m done. And there we go that’s the look complete. So I finished the look off my popping in two Black Sclera Contact Lenses, which aren’t vital I just think it adds a little innocent’s to the eyes and it’s always a nice impact whenever I pop in some Sclera lenses so yeah. I did get the lenses from ScleraXL.com. I’ll pop in the link on the screen here and in the description bar below. Then I popped on this fabulous costume, which is from BuyCostumes.com I’ll pop that link on the screen and in the description bar as well.
I’m so happy with this costume it took me so long to find a Harley Quinn costume that would actually fit me because there all like extra, extra smalls. I’m so happy I found this one. So yeah that’s my makeup tutorial I really hope you guys enjoyed it. I hope you liked my spin on this look.