Makeup Tips for Heath Ledger's The Joker

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Lecture 1
Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker: Supplies
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Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker: Supplies


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to get supplies together for a Joker makeup look before starting to keep things from getting messy.



Video Transcripts:
MATT CAIL: "Before we get started making our Joker makeup we have to get our necessary supplies together. So this is important to do before you start the makeup process. Otherwise it gets messy. First we're going to start off with some brushes. Brushes are going to be for your nice fine detail work as you put your Joker makeup on. I recommend having a nice fine tip brush as well as a thicker brush, too. Again to have like the fine detail in some of like the wider areas of the face. In addition get a good big sponge. I like the sponge to be able to put makeup across wide swaths of the face. Your white makeup, some of your black makeup around the eyes and etc. This is going to save a lot of time. You're not going to be using brushes throughout the entire face. Next we need to move on to the makeup colors that we have. First off black makeup. This is going to go in and around the eye area. That gaunt kind of almost ghoulish quality that the Joker has. Next we're going to have white makeup. White makeup is your friend. It's the most important makeup. Because we're going to be applying it all over the face. This is the big base paint on which everything is going to go. We're going to have these splotchy looking kind of gaunt and creepy. Last but not least on makeup colors is red. Red for that crazy smile the Joker has. That maniacal grin. We need to have red makeup to apply this with. Now in addition to makeup colors also have a glass of water which can be used to kind of thin the makeup out in certain areas because it's going to be a very uneven look to our Joker. It's not uniform, it's not neat, it's not pretty. Also we're going to be having some paper towels to make sure that we keep ourself clean and also if we make any mistakes we can quickly wipe them off."

Lecture 2
White Base Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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White Base Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to look like Heath Ledger's Joker with dirty, white base makeup.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "First step, let's apply our white makeup. It's our base layer on our volunteer's face here. So apply it to your sponge, and then we're just going to start dolloping this on. Now it's going to be human nature to want to apply this in a nice, even layer, but, this Joker has blotchy, crazy, chaotic makeup. So, I recommend that you think very, very little on this makeup because basically, you just want to keep your hand in constant motion. That's all you want. In and around the eyes, the nose, the lip. We're going to be covering up some of this other makeup with other makeup later on, so that's totally fine, this white base layer. And what's more, we're going to have some areas of flesh which are going to be exposed. This Joker can't be bothered to put on a nice, even coat. It's going to be blotchy. Some of the skin underneath is going to show through. That's part of the look. And that's nice for you because it also makes it easier for you to apply the makeup. So we're going to continue applying this makeup over the nose, around the lips, on to the other side of the face. As soon as the makeup starts getting very, very thin, then it's time to go back and grab some more. Otherwise, just keep going. Don't think, because thinking, you're going to want to make nice, neat lines, and a nice even base, and that's exactly opposite to the look we're going for with our Joker."

Lecture 3
Eye Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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Eye Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to use smudged eye makeup to look like Heath Ledger's Joker.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "With our white base make-up layer on, looking wonderfully blotchy, let's move on to our black make-up. We're going to apply this around the eye area here. Now, the nice balance here, is you don't want to be too strong with the black. At the same time though, you want to be able to have it definitely giving the, our joker a really gaunt, creepy appearance, and have it kind of blend in almost to the white around it. So, start around the eye as you apply, and definitely try to make sure that you're getting the tops of the eyelids. Some of the white make-ups going to blend in, and that's just fine. Again, like the white make-up, you're not going to have really clearly defined areas. The black make-up's going to kind of spill up and over different areas. If you see yourself getting like a nice solid line, see here, how this looks pretty solid and angular, blotch it up. Bring out some other areas, go up over the bridge of the nose a bit. This make-up is supposed to look, as though it's been applied in only a couple of minutes, because the joker's just too plain crazy to take his time on it. Again, above the on eyelid here, is an easy place to miss, bring your brush nice and gently down, onto the eyelashes. If you're doing this yourself, a mirror helps immensely. And keep your other eye open. If you're applying this on somebody else, please keep in mind your eyes are very sensitive, and it is not do to have a lot of bristly brushes right near them. I'm using a soft brush here, which helps immensely, in terms of making sure the eyes not poked or prodded unnaturally. Now, we're going to continue to apply the black, and have it spill a little bit over, on to the cheek area here. Whenever you smile, this is going to help this wrinkle up a bit, so this is a nice little area, you can bleed off over. And once you start truly seeing a bit of a contrast, step back about five feet and kind of see. And see, now you can already see how the joker is getting really creepy looking. And while this is darker, it's not to the point where it looks as if it's like a solid black circle here. It's nice and blended, and it's starting to mottle in, mottle in with the surrounding white. Continue on with this, by doing the same treatments, on the other side of the face, over in the other eye socket."

Lecture 4
Smile Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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Smile Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to look like Heath Ledger's Joker with makeup shaped like a smeared red smile.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "Now let's move on to a smaller brush and our red makeup. Because we're going to go apply our Joker's maniacal smile. Now like the rest of the makeup this is going to be very haphazardly put on. Again this is not something really neat that the Joker's done. It's just been something really quickly he's slopped on. Almost like with one hand. I've even seen some people do that but I'm going to demonstrate with a brush because that's what more people can relate to. So make a relatively solid though not perfectly solid middle layer here around the lips. See what I'm doing? I'm making these reddest of all. Which means I might have to go back because there's going to be some white makeup I've intentionally placed on here. It kind of gets more of like a pinkish mottled sort of like shape here. It starts blending the red paint with the white paint. That's okay don't worry about that. But again we don't want to segregate the colors out. We want them to mix and flow and look like they were just slopped on by a hand at 5 o'clock on the morning. So what you're going to do is you're going to really though try to make the lips intensely red to be able to draw some focus to them. But beyond that everything else is like smudge. See this little white area here coming in there? That's totally fine. We do not want clearly defined edges. I don't mean to harp on that too much but the way the brain works we automatically try to separate colors out and this makeup is very different than that. So we're definitely going to keep doing it on this side and we're going to, basically what we're going to do we're going to extend the smile over onto the other side and you're going to have your maniacal joker smile firmly in place."

Lecture 5
Wrinkle Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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Wrinkle Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to add wrinkles with makeup to the Joker's forehead to look like Heath Ledger's villain.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "Alright next we're going to go back to our black makeup. You may think because you have the eyes, mouth, everything done. Hey we're done. But we're not done yet. We still have some extra details to put in. Starting up here actually in the forehead which we're going to furrow. You see like these nice little wrinkles here? I'm going to put little shades of black in there to be able to then kind of extra emphasize them. This is going to be very subtle. And I'm going to blend the bejeebers out of these guys in just a second. But first just gently trace some of the natural forehead lines most of us are lucky enough to have. And then start going back in there. And again, like lots of the other pieces of it, start smudging. What this is going to do it's going to create some interesting and subtly freaky discolorations on the top of our forehead. And let your brush move. Don't try to make these neat lines. Make it uneven. Smudge it. Make it run into the white. You're going to still have these fleshy areas of the skin. Don't cover those up. I'm going to keep harping on it. We want to make this look really, kind of in some ways, rushed, blotchy and not at all clearly demarcated. Once you have these clear lines are showing up, even with the brow relaxed then they're strong enough. You don't have to worry about them anymore. Otherwise just load up on some more black paint."

Lecture 6
Laugh Lines Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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Laugh Lines Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to add laugh lines across Joker's smile in dark makeup, which will replicate Heath Ledger's look.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "Next we're going to do a effect as what we did up in the forehead except now down in the laugh line. Now smile big and wide. You're going to see these natural laugh lines that you have, we're going to add some black discoloration to them. So again we're going to start like very similar to the forehead where we're going to kind of go in these natural grooves of the face. If you find yourself running out of black makeup go grab some more. Start in here at the nose and kind of come down through the red. It's fine if you discolor it. No problemo at all. There's usually about two or three of these. Now these are going to be nice even lines at first but then we're going to blotch it. Oh yeah. These guys are not going to stay nice and neat. What this is going to do is it's going to give your joker more of a perpetual smile. It's going to look really creepy. It's going to add some extra black smudging to the red too. It'll help if you didn't get the good smudging earlier on the red you're definitely going to have it now because it's kind of resulting more of like a purple bruise shade. Extend this even up into the eyes because the laugh lines will start almost up in the eyes. What we're going to do is after we've done this once, do this probably like maybe two or three lines and that's enough. You don't want to overdo it, and then repeat this step on the other side of the face."

Lecture 7
Neck Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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Neck Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to use white makeup on the neck for a Joker like Heath Ledger's.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "Alright, next we're going to be extending the white makeup down in to the neck. And this is going to be applied very similar to the face and it's an easy step to overlook, but I don't want to stop the white makeup. See how it's a really strong line here? I don't want that, I want more blotch and happen stance. So basically we're going to extend it down here, again blotching. There's going to be areas of skin which are going to show through, that's totally fine. Now guys, not so much to the female Joker's out there, but guys, make sure that you're clean shaven for this. If you have a little bit of stubble, often times the makeup will get caught on that, it otherwise won't look good, it could get extra irritated. So we're going to basically extend the white makeup down on to the neck, and then very, very quickly, blotchy, have hazard fashion. If you find yourself getting a little bit low on the white makeup, no problem, go back and refill. What I, what you want to really avoid though is this really strong line, and see how hard this is to get rid of, because even with all the makeup we've put on there, it's still kind of there. You can still see, when, when the face goes from the top of the chin underneath the chin, this angle here is sometimes really hard to cover up. So you can see, I'm pulling out all, you know, taking out all the punches. I really want to have a thick couple areas of makeup here to make sure that it's like not that line. Again, that we're just having more of an organic, free flowing flow to our Joker's face."

Lecture 8
Ear Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker
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Ear Makeup for Heath Ledger's Joker


In this video lesson, Makeup Artist Matt Cail teaches how to apply Makeup to the ears.



Video Transcripts: MATT CAIL: "The final step in creating our joker is doing the ears. See how the makeup extends here now down to the neck but the ears are still very fleshy and very, shall we say, non-supervillan looking. So let's extend the makeup onto the ears. Again, similar to how we've done before as if almost somebody quickly scrubbed up over the ears. Not a lot of time. Quickly working through some of the grooves maybe to get a little more white down into the nooks and crannies. Also be careful of your hair. Sometimes it helps to wet down your hair to get it away from the ears so that you don't get too much makeup. In terms of a joker look though that's okay because again the jokers not really going to care. He just wants to get dressed up and run off to the next big scene of the crime. So the other thing to keep in mind is don't try to work too deep into the ocular cavity, excuse me not the ocular cavity, the ear cavity because you don't want to get a lot of this makeup deep into your ear canal. You know you may risk, increase the risk, of infection. A lot of makeup is not too dangerous, but it's just generally something you don't want to have too deep in the recesses of your body. So try and keep it on the outside of the ear. Blotch it up. You can still have some skin showing through and then you have finished your joker ear. Repeat the same steps on the other ear. And here is your finished product. Crazy joker makeup just in time for the new Batman movie."