This Halloween I’m going from socialite to supervillain! Inspired by Margot Robbie’s portrayal of the notorious Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and of course my favorite holiday, I took on Gotham City in my first ever cosplay shoot.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Harley Quinn, she’s an accomplice and sometimes girlfriend to the Joker in the Batman comics. Before becoming a supervillain, she was Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D, a psychiatrist at the Arkham Asylum. Her career as a Doctor was on the up and up until the Joker became one of her patients and she fell in love with him.
As her infatuation with the Joker grew, she decided to leave Harleen behind and transformed permanently into her criminal persona –Harley Quinn. While Harley has traditionally been portrayed as a sidekick of the Joker, she now stands alone is a psychotic criminal mastermind. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this Harley portrayal in the Suicide Squad movie.
Becoming Harley Quinn
With the popularity of Harley Quinn, getting this look was super simple. I ordered a Harley Quinn shirt off Etsy and paired it with black shorts and a pair of black tights which I destroyed. I then added combat boots and a baseball sock for the modern Harley Quinn look.
Harley Quinn Makeup
I opted out of the traditional clown makeup because I still wanted to look like me and I have super acne prone skin. I made the eyes as crazy as possible not paying too close attention to precision. Since Harley is a psychotic psychiatrist I made the makeup a little crazy. By crazy I mean controlled chaos. I added hints of red to one eye and hints of blue to the other along with bright red lipstick.
I played up the Harley Quinn details by painting the nails on one hand blue (essie – bell-bottom blues) and the ones on the other red (essie – with the band). Lastly, I used wash out dye in my hair. While I like the way my hair came out in the photos, I wasn’t a big fan of the spray in dye because it got all over everything.
Photos by: Zarif Taufiq