How to make a Heath Ledger-style Joker Costume

With “The Dark Knight Returns” as one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2008, Batman and Joker costumes are primed to be a popular choice this Halloween. Given the buzz on Heath Ledger’s definitive performance of the Joker, which may rival Jack Nicholson’s legendary portrayal, you may want to create your own film-based look of Batman’s arch-villain.

#Things You’ll Need#

* Green spray-in hair coloring

* White face paint

* Brown face paint (or eyeshadow)

* Black eyeliner pencil or cream makeup

* Red cream makeup or lipstick

* Elmer’s Glue

* Gray and black reptile-print shirt

* Camo-pattern or green printed tie

* Green vest

* Purple suit jacket and pants

* Baby oil or oil-based makeup remover for later

#Making your Joker costume#

Step 1: Spray in some green hair coloring. This stuff washes out pretty easily with a single washing and is always a safe bet.

Step 2:Apply white face paint. It doesn’t have to be completely even. If you look at photos of Ledger’s Joker, his makeup job isn’t completely even. It’s patchy and haphazard, like a crazy person (duh!) applied it.

Step 3: Furrow your brow and trace the creases in it with the brown eyeshadow or cream makeup. This is a key step in acheiving the creepy look of the Joker as seen in “The Dark Knight Returns.”

Step 4: Ring your eyes and eyelids with black cream makeup or eye pencil to give them a scary, hollowed-out effect

Step 5: Here’s the fun part to give yourself a realistic looking sort of “acid burn” around your mouth and face like the Joker has been scarred with. Instead of hunting for the perfect makeup appliance or effects makeup, you can achieve a similar effect with regular old Elmer’s Glue.

Glop on some of the Elmer’s Glue around your mouth and partway up your cheeks in the pattern of Joker’s bubbling facial scars. (Don’t get too close to your mouth! And only if you are not allergic to the glue!) As the glue is drying, move your mouth around to give it a puckered effect. Once it’s dry, it will have a flaky, dead-skin sort of effect. You can apply more layers of glue as you see fit to get the desired effect.

Step 6: Smear on some red cream makeup or lipstick. Again, this isn’t an even application and you want a slapdash effect with your makeup as if it had been hastily applied. Extend the corners of your mouth upward with the red lipstick/makeup and even into the “acid burns” applied with glue for a really freakish effect.

Step 7: Put on your shirt, tie, vest, pants, and jacket and get ready to paint the town Purple and Green!

Step 8: After the Joker’s playtime is over and you have to remove your (extensive) makeup, the easiest way to do so is with some baby oil or oil-based makeup remover. Dab some on a cotton ball and swipe over your makeup before washing your face. It should come off fairly easily. This works great for oil-based items like red lipstick which can be murder to get off with just plain soap and water.

Have fun and don’t be “so serious!”

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