With the 2016 release of “Suicide Squad,” the legendary comic book character known as “The Joker” was rebooted in a way audiences had never seen him before. If it is even possible, the Joker is creepier and more evil than ever! The Joker’s look is legendary, and when it comes to Halloween costumes, you’d have to look hard to find one that is more relevant and exciting. No need to be intimidated by all that makeup, because creating a fantastic Joker look is easier than you think. By following our simple, step-by-step instructions, you can quickly pull together a Joker costume look that would even impress the notorious Harley Quinn.
Here are the items we’re using to create this look:
Follow These Steps to Create this Look
Step One: The first step in creating the Joker look is to prepare the eyebrows for a bit of a disappearing act. Making the eyebrows less visible is easily accomplished with the use of a standard Elmer’s School Glue Stick. (We used the purple one, but it dries clear.) Make sure your face is clean, dry and shaven. Using the glue stick, apply a layer of glue generously to the eyebrows and then using a stiff brush (a toothbrush works or an eyebrow brush if you have one) brush the eyebrows with the glue on them downward. Apply another layer of glue and then brush the eyebrows back into their normal state. At this point, you already have two layers of glue on the brows. Apply a third coat of glue and using a palette knife or other smooth, flat tool, press the object along the brows, smoothing the brow out as you push the brow hairs flat to the face. Let this dry. You can repeat the process if you have any rogue brow hairs that are poking through. Make sure your eyebrows are thoroughly dry before moving on to the next step.
Step Two: Using a relatively light shade of concealer, (#DD174) and a damp sponge, pat concealer onto the eyebrows. Gently blend the concealer in until the eyebrows are completely covered.
Step Three: Choose a very light shade of foundation to apply to the face next. The Joker has very pale skin–almost white–so don’t be afraid to choose a very light shade. For our featured Joker makeup look, we have used Celebre Cream Makeup in Ivory Bisque. (#DD405) Using a damp sponge, apply the foundation to the entire face, ears, and neck as necessary. Blend the foundation in well but use care when covering your brow area so that you don’t disrupt the eyebrow hairs you have carefully glued down!
Step Four: Using a purple shade of cream makeup (#CSCC046C) contour the face a little bit as desired using a light touch and a damp sponge. We have added shadows along the side of the nose, under the lower lip, underneath the cheekbones, along the hairline and sides of the face, etc.
Step Five: Using a setting powder (#DD321), lightly dust the face to set the makeup.
Step Six: Using Detailz Liner Pen (#DD509) carefully draw the tattoos onto the face. Draw the word “damaged” centered on the upper forehead. Draw a letter “J” on the left cheek. There are also a few random cracks on his face that you can add if desired. HINT: It may be easier to have a friend with a steady hand help you with this step, as it can be a bit tricky to paint on letters in the mirror.
Step Seven: Add a bright red LIP Cream (#DD103) to the lips. We have used Apple Red LIP Cream by Mehron. Blot the lips with a tissue.
Step Eight: To create the look of silver “grilz” on the Joker’s teeth, we have used a small strip of aluminum foil to cover the teeth. If this idea doesn’t appeal to you, you can also try using Tooth Fx, (#DD222) an easy to use, non-toxic product that will give you the look of dark, dirty, rotten teeth instead of teeth covered in grilz.
Step Nine: To give our Joker his legendary green hair, we have first slicked our model’s hair back with a little bit of hair gel. Next, we have sprayed his hair with a wash out colored hair spray (#DE60) to transform his hair into a brilliant green color. Let dry and apply a second coat if desired.
Now it’s time to get carefully dressed in your favorite Joker costume! We have dressed our model in the Suicide Squad Joker Adult Costume. (#RU820116) The Joker wears one purple glove, which we have created by spraying a white cotton glove (#BA02) with Purple color wash out hairspray. (#DE60)
The Joker. He’s a notorious villain who clearly has so much fun being bad. Now you can be sure he’s on the VIP guest list for your next Halloween party!
Most well known for his role opposite Batman, The Joker is a despicable, deranged comic book villain we all love to hate (and Harley Quinn loves to lurve). Back in action for upcoming superhero movie Suicide Squad, The Joker is at it again trying to destroy the world. (Kind of a one-trick pony, right?) We are obsessed with ALL of the costume design for this flick, so in true B+C spirit, we’re recreating a few looks for our favorite dress-up day: Halloween. We’ve got a Harley Quinn costume tutorial on the site already, so today we’re going to teach you how to make her BF’s ‘fit. For those of you who like to look scary on Halloween, this is the perfect costume for you. It’s totally creepy! Read on for the step-by-step.
Thanks to UX Designer Zane for doing The Joker justice.
— maroon dress shirt
— black dress shoes
This look is mostly about the makeup, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time for that part! I recommend doing the makeup first, then getting dressed so the makeup doesn’t get all over the pants.
Hair: Slick hair back with pomade, then spray hair white to create a foundation so the neon green shows on top. Once the white is dry, then spray the neon green over to fully coat. Wipe any drippage off of your face.
How to Do Joker’s Hair, Face Makeup + Body Makeup
Face + Body Makeup:
1. Start off by using white makeup and a wet beauty blender to sponge a thick layer of white makeup on your face, neck and body.
2. Set with translucent powder so the makeup won’t smear through the next steps. Take your time applying dark circles around your eyes with the black, grey and lavender paint.
3. Copy the lines on The Joker’s face with the fine paint brush in deep red and the “J” under his left eye with black.
4. Apply a deep red lip and write “Damaged” in the middle of your forehead right under your widows peak.
5. Have fun painting the “Ha Ha Ha’s” on your left arm — they don’t have to be perfect. I found that the faster I did them and the less I tried to make them perfect, the better they came out.
6. Eyeball the drawings and words on his chest and arms as best you can. This can take a good amount of time, depending on your skill set.
Now put on your outfit and channel Jared Leto’s creepy commitment to this character! Zane had an *instant* personality change. Wow… just WOW.
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To get the ball rolling with this Joker costume project, I started with his colorful shirts.
As you may recall, he mainly wore two in the movie: an orange one, and a green one.
Of course, there’s always the chance of a lucky find at a retail or thrift store …
“This town needs an enema!”
However, the problem is that even if you manage to find something that fits AND is even remotely close to original colors, the Joker’s shirts appeared to be silk, whereas most typical dress shirts are cotton, linen, rayon, polyester, or some combination of these.
I suppose there are places where one could either buy or commission a silk shirt, but I’m a DIY kind of guy and the local hunt was just a quick fancy.
For standard long-sleeved “dress”/semi-casual shirts, my go-to pattern is McCall’s M6613.
(There are numerous other shirt patterns available, of course, but I haven’t used many of them because the aforementioned pattern has always worked well for me.)
To adapt the pattern for Joker purposes, a couple modifications needed to be made.
First, the front edge of the pattern needed to be extended to produce a cut-on button/buttonhole panel that folds back on itself (whereas the pattern is originally intended for a separate, sewn-on panel).
And second, the standard sleeve cuffs needed to be swapped out for French cuffs, which also entails adjusting the overall lower sleeve width since with French cuffs the underside of the placket is turned under (thus reducing the sleeve width around the wrist).
I did a quick test of my modified pattern with some cheap-ass poly satin from my local JoAnn, and the results were promising!
I Don’t Want to Dye!
Feel free to skip this section if you don’t care about dyeing silk with premixed fiber-reactive and acid dye colors. 🙂
While I’m quite capable of dyeing white silk to a target color with either premixed dyes or custom mixes, I really only wanted to as a last resort.
Silk will take either acid or fiber-reactive dyes, but I dyed over 40 yards of fabric (!) last month for various projects and people and was honestly pretty burned out with that whole song and dance.
My kitchen was turning into Axis Chemicals
Hypothetically, were I to go the dyeing route, I’d start with premixed colors and hope for a good match.
In lieu of anything screen-used to match against, for the orange shirt, I’d probably test the following fiber-reactive colors from Dharma Trading Company :
PRFT19 “Deep Orange”
PR147 “Orange Sorbet”
PR167 “Orange Crush”
For the acid-dyeing route , I’d probably test these colors (also from Dharma):
423 “Blazing Orange”
460 “Saffron Spice”
489 “Monarch Orange”
Pro Chemical and Dye has some promising color candidates, too … MX2204 “Soft Orange” for fiber-reactive , as well as both WF199c “Golden Yellow” and WF232 “Orange Peel” for acid dyeing .
For the green shirt, I actually found a great source for pre-dyed fabric (see below), but were that unavailable for some reason, I might try either Dharma ’s PR153 “Mermaid’s Dream” or PR28A “Aqua Marine” (both fiber-reactive dyes).
Their 447 “emerald green” acid dye is also on the table, although that may identical to their pre-dyed silk.
Do bear in mind that as of this post, I haven’t actually used any of these premixed colors.
I only suggest these as theoretical options to try, based on their online color chips (which can vary due to monitor/display settings) and their printed color posters (which I’ve occasionally found to be somewhat broad), so swatch tests would definitely be in order, prior to dyeing any yardage!
You’re on your own for custom color mixes, though. 😛
If you’re interested in dyeing your own silk and/or learning more about fabric dyeing in general, I’d recommend reading Linda Knutson’s highly-informative book, Synthetic Dyes for Natural Fibers .
Just because Halloween is the same day every year, that doesn’t mean you’re always prepared. I, as a matter of fact, seldom am. When the event you knew was going to happen for weeks suddenly appears, it can be really hard to look at your wardrobe and come up with a costume. But, lucky for you, that’s what I’m here for. To still look your absolute spookiest without having to break the bank, you’ll want an easy, DIY Halloween costume that requires minimal levels of fuss.
As I write this, I am a few hours away from a costume party I knew was happening and did nothing about. Now, I just have the clothes in my closet and a desperate hope that I can figure this out. Beyond procrastination, a DIY costume is also a great way to save money. Aside from the fact that buying a costume you’ll only wear once or twice before sending it to the back of your closet, only to be donated eventually, isn’t the best financial move, it’s also not great for the environment.
Even if your costume is pulled together from a few clothes and scraps lying around your house, it still has tons of potential to be the absolute coolest. In fact, you could probably win a contest with some of the ideas below. Make sure you have some tape and safety pins on hand because these easy, DIY Halloween costumes are all you’re going to want to wear this year.
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DIY Halloween Costume: A Bat
A bat is a classic Halloween motif. They’re a major staple of Halloween decorations and scary movies, and TBH, I think they’re pretty cute. You can easily achieve a batty look with a black hoodie, trash bags, and black paper. All you need to do is cut the black garbage bag into two and tape each half to the arms and side of your hoodie to get a webbed wing look. Then you can cut your paper into bat-ear shapes and tape those to the hood. You could also follow along with the tutorial above with an umbrella for another option. Easy peasy!
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Why so serious?: Heath Ledger
as The Joker in Dark Knight.
Jokers are wild again this Halloween.
Although Christian Bale is the undisputed star of Dark Knight. who is still actually getting all the attention? You guessed it. The big, bad portrayal of the Joker performed by Heath Ledger in his last epic film appearance.
The Dark Knight remains one of Hollywood’s major blockbusters — and the inspiration for millions of fans who continue to paint the town purple and green at Halloween.
While online costumes stores may selling out on premade costumes this season, you can find do-it-yourself instructions for Joker costume and makeup ideas aplenty around the Web.
The trick to creating The Joker look? Don’t get too serious. Simply print out your favorite Joker photo from the Internet as a guide, then it’s on to the Halloween makeup store for some white, black, and red face paint. Along the way, stop at the thrift store to scavenge for a green vest and purple overcoat (blue or any dark color will do) — and don’t forget the black leather gloves to help create your complete costume.
Just up ahead, check out more tips and advice on on creating homemade versions of this now-classic costume look with instructions, materials lists, and photos that will help bring out the Joker in you this Halloween.
More about Joker costumes around the Web:
Joker Costume for Halloween – The Superhero Hype! Boards – Get ideas & tips with forum posts and pics submitted by do-it-yourself Joker costume fans.
How to Apply Heath Ledger Joker Makeup – A professional makeup artist shows Joker makeup how to’s, from applying molding wax and liquid latex – to adding the base coat and final details – in a series of instructional videos from Monkeysee.com.
The Joker on Flickr – Get inspired by watching what everybody else is doing with hundreds of pics in fan galleries.
If you want to be a super-villain for Halloween, look no further than Harley Quinn.
Halloween will be here before you know it, so if you haven’t found a costume yet, it’s high time to do so. Instead of raiding your closet to go in a hippie Halloween costume or DIY witch costume for the third year in a row, why not consider getting a bit more comical about it? And no, we don’t mean a funny Halloween costume (though that’s cool too). Rather, how about dressing up in a DIY Harley Quinn costume this year?
Harley Quinn’s no-nonsense personality paired with her head-turning fashion makes for one seriously good costume idea. Best of all, dressing up as the iconic comic book villain doesn’t have to be difficult (though it certainly can be if you want to put extra elbow grease into your look).
Whether you want to keep it cozy with Harley Quinn-inspired sweats, create the illusion of her knee-high boots, or go all out with a hand-painted Harley Quinn Halloween costume, ahead, you’ll discover some of our favorite takes on the villain’s unforgettable appearance. And if you’re feeling particularly in the Halloween spirit, maybe you can convince your best friend or family members to dress up in a DC getup with you.