How to Make Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn Costume
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How to Make Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn Costume

Because Halloween is the most commanding holiday at Brit + Co HQ — we literally start Halloween in June — we have to properly plan, source and come up with cream-of-the-crop costume ideas, ranging from couples costumes to mom and baby to group costumes. With Suicide Squad about to drop in theaters on August 5, we had to get in on the costume-creating fun. Harley Quinn is expected to steal the show, and after a lot of research, it’s no surprise that this light-hearted, bubbly badass, who’s been known as the Joker’s GF for years, is going to win our hearts. (Psst: There’s an entire history of the Suicide Squad that’s really fun to dive into, BTW.) Here’s how I recreated this already insanely iconic character (who hits the top of my list for most fun costumes EVER).

Maybe I secretly want to be Harley Quinn IRL — after this movie comes out, I’m sure I won’t be the only one ;)

Materials and Tools:

— cosplay wig

— leather holster

— daddy’s li’l monster t-shirt

— puddin’ chocker

— hello-cos glove

— fishnet stockings

— studded belt

— full-finger ring

— studded bracelet

— booty shorts

— high-top Converse

— red + blue hair ties

— Sharpie

How to Build Harley Quinn’s Costume

I am a huge fan of DIY-ing your look when it makes sense, but I always stick to a time-versus-money protocol when planning. That being said, you can totally buy or DIY this costume. I did a combo of both.

Buying wigs on Amazon can be tricky, but this one was a winner — I highly recommend purchasing rather than making this yourself. I had a hard time finding the shorts for a reasonable price, so I got a red and blue pair, cut them in half, then sewed them back together with one red leg and one blue leg.

The shirt was another piece I contemplated making but ended up buying. I cut it up and added black makeup to rough it up and make it more like hers.

Makeup + Accessories

Face: Apply foundation a few shades lighter than your skin tone and keep your skin on the more fair side — no need to contour or add any blush. Instead, use a black eyeshadow to stipple on the bruised/dirty looking face. I used black face paint and a fine brush to paint on the heart. You guys, I messed up! I accidentally put the cut on the wrong side of my head. DON’T DO THIS. Ha!

Eyes: Apply red shadow on one eye and blue on the other and smudge it towards your temples on each eye. Add black eyeliner and mascara to make it pop.

Lips: Go for a true red lipstick and paint a smudge on your lower lip.

Accessories: You could make the choker with fabric, cardboard cutouts and gold spray paint, or you can buy this GEM for $23! I had a studded belt, so it didn’t make sense to buy one, although this one is a little different than hers. Stack your bracelets over the glove and add that badass ring to your other hand.

Now you’re ready to slay some bootay!

Seriously — I want to live in this costume! Who’s coming to the opening with me?!

Stay tuned for Harley’s beloved Joker costume tutorial coming soon.

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Art Direction, Hair, Makeup, Styling + Costume Design: Misty Spinney

Photography: Kurt Andre 

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