So on the day of a party I'm supposed to dress up for, I end up throwing open a few boxes of Halloween supplies from years past and seeing what I can make. "Let's see here, if I take that skull head, and that indian wig, and the princess dress here, and put them all on... Oh No! Oh! I can't look at myself! ...that's just disturbing."
Luckily, last night I found the make-up kit before I found the other pieces of dismembered costumes from the past. And, after careful deliberation, I decided that the best costume option with a heavy reliance on make-up would be the Joker. (That almost sounds like an Oscar Category, doesn't it? "And now, for the award in best costume theatrics with heavy reliance on make-up, here are the nominees...)
Anyway, I threw open the internet and searched for pictures of Heath Ledger's Joker, in all his ghastly, ghoulish form. Ten minutes later I emerged from the bathroom looking like this:
It turned out really nice. :) I bought some wonderful (overpriced) hair colorant that worked wonders to give me that nice, green look. My favorite part of the whole process, though, was messing it all up - smearing it here and there, streaking the black down my face - to create that truly manic look. If I do it again, though, I'll probably use some liquid latex to get the scarred look. "Ya wanna know how I got these scars?" Also, I'll be looking for a green vest and purple, paisley shirt to complete the ensemble.
A happier picture: