Recreating a horror film character is a challenge, but with practice, patience and creativity, you can scare the bejesus out of your friends with this guide on how to replicate The Jackal.
Things You'll Need
- Inexpensive black and/or gray wig--medium to long
- White color hairspray
- Additional hairspray
- Beauty sponges
- White face makeup (clown white)
- Black eyeliner
- Red stage makeup or lipstick
- Silver/charcoal eye shadow
- Black mascara
- 12 12"x18" sheets of craft foam (black, gray or blue)
- Silver spray paint
- Copper/rust spray paint
- Silver duct tape
- Hot glue gun
- Curling iron
- 12 pieces of 18" long wooden dowels
- Sewing needle
- Clear filament or fishing line
Tease the hair on the wig in all directions. If the wig has bangs, twist them into the length of the hair so they disappear. Random strands of hair are fine.
Spray white hairspray in downward strokes on the wig. Do not cover the entire wig in white. Hold the white hairspray at different distances with every stroke that you make. Look for a variety of depths.
Smooth the hair down a little bit, leaving plenty of flyaway hairs, and allow to set and dry.
Cut 6 sheets of foam into 1.5" x 18" strips. Take 4 strips and, using a dollop of hot glue, form a square with the two horizontal strips covering the ends of the vertical strips. Repeat until you have 6 squares.
Take one of the foam squares and lay it flat on a work surface. Take 4 strips of foam and lay two across and two down, forming a "hashtag", alternating each strip over and under in a simple basket weave (see image) and making sure strips are evenly spaced. Glue the ends of the strips in place. Repeat 4 more times until you have 5 panels.
Assemble 5 panels. Run a bead of hot glue along the edge of one of the edges of one of the panels. Butt the edge of another panel up against the edge with the hot glue. Allow to set, but while still flexible, bend and set at a 90-degree angle. Run another bead of hot glue along the inside of the corner and set one of the wooden dowels into the corner. Take an 18" strip of duct tape and secure the dowel into the corner, smoothing the tape along the way. Repeat with 3 other panels until you have a freestanding, 4-sided structure. Run a bead of hot glue along the top edge of the structure and set the 5th panel on top, creating a "roof." Once the glue has set, flip the structure onto that "roof" and secure 4 dowels into the edges with hot glue and duct tape.
Take another sheet of foam and cut 60 1" circles (use a quarter to trace each circle). Glue a circle at each "joint"--at the end of every strip forming the "hashtag" and at the corners of the structure. Using the remaining 4 18" strips, finish the bottom edge of the cage. Allow hot glue to set and dry.
Keeping the open bottom sitting flat on the work surface, pick one of the four sides as the front. Using the scissors, cut open the "hash tag" in such a way to give a ragged edge. (You may want to cut the pieces shorter near the face). Preheat the curling iron and then use the curling iron to "bend" the "bars" of the cage outward. To do this, clamp the cut end of each bar in the curling iron. Curl away from the center of the cage. Hold the curling iron in place for a moment, release the clamp and gently pull the curling iron away, leaving the bar "curled." Allow to cool thoroughly before moving onto the next step.
Spray the outside and side of the cage with silver spray paint. While still drying, apply the copper/rust spray paint in short bursts, just using it to accent and give contrast, providing the illusion of rust. When finished, allow to dry.
Attach the cage to the wig. Put the wig on your head, or the head of a model or a wig stand. Set the cage on top of the wig, so that the opening of the broken bars expose the face. Using the sewing needle & filament, sew on the bars of the top panel onto the mesh of the top of the wig. Feel free to put as many stitches as you need to secure the cage in page. You can always cover the stitches up with strands of hair from the wig.
Make-Up and Assembly
Using beauty sponges, pat on clown white makeup all over exposed skin on your face, ears, neck and any other body parts showing. Be sure to cover your eyebrows well with the clown white so they blend into the rest of your face.
Apply black eyeliner to both upper and lower lids. Put on at least 2-3 coats of eyeliner. Do not worry about smudging or being too heavy handed.
Use the black eyeliner to draw creases onto the face, using one of the photos from the reference section as inspiration. Draw a couple of crooked lines across the brow from temple to temple. Gently stroke in brow creases from between the eyes upward an inch or so (without crossing the forehead creases). Line the natural crease from your nose down to the corners of your mouth with the eyeliner.
Decide where you want to put the slash wounds on your face and lips. Mark them with the black eyeliner. Where the wound will be wide, outline with the black eyeliner and fill in gently with the black.
Shade and blend with the gray eye shadow. Using a fine brush, go over all of the creases and slash woulds you marked with the black eyeliner. Use your fingers to blend the black eyeliner into the eye shadow and then the eye shadow into the clown white makeup. Then use the gray eyeshadow alone under the eyes and in the hollows of your cheek to provide a gaunt look. Trace the outline of your nose with gray eyeshadow.
Using the red lipstick/makeup and a fine brush, fill in the slash marks. Feel free to be heavy handed with the application and allow blobs of makeup to stay on your face, giving the effect of congealed blood. The black eyeliner should blend with the red to darken and add depth to the wounds. Re-apply gray eye shadow and eyeliner as needed. Pat white makeup on the apples of your cheeks once more to provide more contrast.
Affix the wig and cage onto your head. Secure the wig with hair pins. Tousle the hair in the cage and fix hair with regular hairspray.
- Photo Credit mean v2 image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from Fotolia.com weave image by MichaelJordan from Fotolia.com rust image by sasha from Fotolia.com
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