Send In The Clowns: Joker Halloween Makeup

One of the bits about Halloween that I most look forward to is scrolling through my Instagram feed to see all the incredibly talented MUAs I follow post their spooky makeup looks for the season. From everyday makeup in traditional autumn colours, to full-on scary, gory, cosplay get-ups, I love seeing their creativity come to life on camera. By comparison I am a talentless toad when it comes to applying makeup, but I do enjoy practising at the easier step-by-step tutorials every now and then.

I’ve just got back from seeing Joker, one of the most anticipated films of 2019 (an accolade which it thoroughly deserves, it’s a great film, beautifully shot and so sad as well) so I’m in the mood to write up the post of the Joker makeup I tried out the other day. Here is my take on it:

I’m not the most imaginative so I scouted Instagram for inspiration and attempted to recreate this look by glambycamx:

I started by softly drawing on the outline for the white portion of the makeup with a black gel pencil liner from ESQIDO (gifted), then filled it in with white face paint from Snazaroo.

I also had the Revolution Conceal and Define concealer in the lightest shade to add a bit more opacity to the face paint in the parts where it proved difficult to layer up. I then used a black eyeshadow from the Morphe 35V Stunning Vibes palette to soften and shade.

I attempted to conceal my bushman eyebrows with a glue stick (not with much success but I tried!).

The blue eyeshadow used was created with the deep blue shades again from the Morphe 35V palette, and I used MUA’s Velvet Lip Lacquer in ‘Splash’ to add the feathered harlequin triangles.

Some of the photos were taken on my front camera and some on the normal camera on my phone and I didn’t realise that some were mirrored until now, sorry!!

I drew the outline of the red eyebrow, red nose and big red smile with a W7’s Twist Up Lip Liner in ‘Malbec’, and filled them in Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip in ‘LAX’. Again, to make them appear smudged and distressed, I used both the liner and lipstick to feather them out in vertical lines.

To add the illusion of movement, I again used the Esqido gel pencil and feathered them out with a smudge brush and a bit of black eyeshadow. To be honest this was probably the trickiest part to do!

Overall I was quite pleased with the final outcome of my attempt. What do you think?

What are you going as for Halloween this year?


I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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