A Hose, a Kiddie Pool, and Other Products The Suicide Squad's Makeup Team Used on Set
You wouldn't have to actually sit through all two and a half hours of The Suicide Squad to understand that applying makeup to all the actors in the film is serious business — especially when it comes to creating looks for Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie. According to the movie's makeup department head, Heba Thorisdottir, the hair and makeup crew had two months of prep time to craft a look for each character, and the biggest challenge presented itself in Robbie's transformation.
"Just the fact that [her skin] is all white was enough of a challenge on its own," she told POPSUGAR. "Then you add all of the different elements, such as dirt, explosions, water, and rain." Thorisdottir had to work with a second makeup artist, Sabrina Wilson, every day to apply Robbie's body makeup, and even then, the duo had to be pretty strategic when figuring out how to make it last throughout major action sequences.
"It required two people to do her makeup each day for two hours on average," she said. "Makeup application was dictated by the costume of the day and other scene considerations. Her hero wardrobe was heavy leather which demanded extra upkeep. The film is nonstop action and Harley Quinn is not a princess who just sits around, so we had to strategically come up with a formula and makeup that would sustain all the vigorous action Harley finds herself in."
The new film is a soft reboot of 2016's Suicide Squad, and it follows Rick Flag, Harley Quinn, and the prisoners of Belle Reve on a mission to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory in South America. As far as hair and makeup are concerned, there's a lot more that went on behind the scenes of The Suicide Squad, like where the aforementioned bit about Robbie's application process came from. Read ahead for a few more on-set beauty secrets.