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Cosplay Makeup Tip: My Harley Quinn Foundation!

Ever since I first debuted my Arkham City Harley in 2013 (or was it Arkham Asylum Harley in 2012?) I’ve gotten quite a few requests about which foundation I use for the costume! Usually when you see Harley costumes, you usually see stark white faces akin to her classic jester look. Those looks are usually achieved with a cream makeup of some kind or even clown makeup! I think this is perfect for her classic look!

However, the Harley costumes I have I felt needed a bit of a different look. In the game I noticed while her face was noticeably white, but I didn’t feel like it was cream makeup she would have used for these looks. Plus whenever I really take a look at her design in-game I tend to notice a little bit of her skin tone showing through the white which you can achieve with a face powder very easily.

Source: Batman Arkham City Wiki

Source: Batman Arkham City Wiki

Therefore, instead of using any cream makeup, I actually use Ben Nye’s Super White Professional Face Powder. I use this for a number of reasons with the first being that Ben Nye makeup is designed for the theatre stage. Think about it – when you’re on stage under a lot of lights (which means a lot of heat and sweating) and more often than not as a performer you’re on the stage for a couple of hours, you need a makeup that will last.

Photo: York in a Box. Harley costume: Maise Designs

Photo: York in a Box. Harley costume: Maise Designs

The other reason why I use the powder is because I have more control over how opaque I want the white powder to be on my skin. Most of the time, I put about 2-3 coats of the face powder so that my face is pretty white, but my skin tone still shows through a little bit as well! Right now I have the .9 ounce bottle and it has lasted quite a while. I found mine at a local costume shop, however you can find them in various sizes online on Amazon as well as here: Ben Nye Face Powder.

So there you go! That’s what I use for all of my Harley costumes.

Have more questions about what I use for my Harley makeup? Feel free to ask in the comments!

Photo by Tony Julius Photography. Batman cosplayer: San Tan Batman

Photo: Tony Julius Photography. Batman cosplayer: San Tan Batman. Harley costume: Maise Designs

Stay fabulous & geeky,

Nichole

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