Costume Makeup – Finishing the Scarred Joker

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Special effects makeup expert Roger Riggle demonstrates how to finish the Joker makeup.

    Roger Riggle

    Roger Bennett Riggle has been a licensed, professional make up artist for over 20 years. He began at Kinetic Artistry, a theatrical supply house in Takoma Park, MD. During his 10 years there, Roger managed the make up department -7 different lines; sales, consultation and artistry.

    Roger has hosted numerous Washington, D.C instructional seminars for area artists; everything from beauty and photography make up to Halloween transformations and special effects make up techniques. Roger worked for over 10 years as the make up artist for Tom Radcliffe, a leader in headshot photography at the Point of View Studio also in Takoma Park, MD. Roger applied the photographic make up to thousands of actors, sports celebrities, musicians and opera singers.

    Roger specializes in Halloween make-overs and the transforming of personalities for diverse, special events. In addition, Roger has created special make up effects for disaster simulation used in the training of nurses, doctors and EMS personnel. His credits include triage exercises at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, for the Secret Service, and for the UHUHS military training facility. Roger has also designed for numerous theatrical productions which entails researching and articulating the authenticity of period styles.

    Roger has a degree in drama from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and, since 1978, has choreographed, directed and produced numerous operas and musical theatre productions. For eight years, Roger was the Associate Producer of TheatreFest, theatre-in-residence program, at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. Roger has worked with many celebrities including: Leslie Uggams, Susan Lucci, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Zimmer, Pattie LuPone and Betty Buckley. Roger has directed operas at the annual Amalfi Music Festival in Italy . He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Roger is the make up consultant for Parlights, Inc. in Frederick, MD, a leading theatrical supply house for the greater Washington/Baltimore areas.

    Roger Bennett Riggle: The other thing that I've decided to do is to bump up the texture of the face and what I'm going to do here, I've decided to take a grey eye shadow and I'm going to take a brush and what I'm going to do is just touch some of this powdered grey eye shadow into some of my textured areas. So as to keep this face from looking like it's totally white. I can do it in along the side of the mouth. That's going to pick up some of the definition of the molding wax. It gives it a grey kind of smoky. See, the texture of that liquid latex popping out now. We'll do the other side. This dark grey eye shadow helps to pick up the texture of the deformity. See it picks up the texture of the molding wax.

    Let's add a little in the temples. When you color in the temple, the temple bone and down, it brings up the skeletal structure and a hollow skeletal structure is kind of a more scary look. We can put a little in the hollow here and a little in the hollow here. Let's just break up a little of this smoothness with a little grey. You can see some of it came off there. So, we've really kind of textured and colored up that face. So, it has -- remember, three dimensions. We've used at least three colors, white, grey, burnt coal, and I've even added some grey eye shadow to give it some texture and some unsmooth quality to what we've done.

    The last thing that we can do -- and we've used wigs for other segments that we've done. We've used a wig for the werewolf; we used a wig for the tiger. If you want to, you can take your own hair and use your own hair. Vanessa has nice long hair, so it's fun to play with. They also make hair sprays in all different kinds of colors and it's temporary and washes out in one shampoo. So, you could spray your hair black or brown or you could put stripes of white or grey or blonde. They even have florescent colors, yellow, blue, purple, any color you wanted to use.

    So, basically for this, I'll just rub my fingers up through her hair like this and give this kind of a low gruesome zombie kind of look. So, it's also fun to use your own hair and actually, I think we've done a good job with disguising her face and making Vanessa really not look so much like Vanessa and we've done very, very little.

    So, again we molded the molding wax, we adhered it to the face, we covered it with liquid latex, while the skin was stretched and then we put a water-based foundation over that and added the detail.

    So, Vanessa can go to the front door on Halloween and scare someone as the scarred joker in her costume makeup.