How to Make a "Two-Face" Costume

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Gotham’s district attorney, Harvey Dent, becomes the evil Two-Face after an explosive oil fire leaves half of his face and body badly burned and disfigured. You too can become the Batman nemesis for your next costume party. The costume and makeup will take time to apply, but when you walk into your event flipping your character’s lucky coin, people will immediately recognize you as the duplicitous villain – making it worth your time and efforts.

Things You'll Need

  • Suit
  • Tie
  • White shirt
  • Rotary tool
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Lighter
  • Foam paintbrushes
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Grey acrylic paint
  • Black eyeliner pencil
  • Black crème costume makeup
  • Sponges
  • Bald cap
  • Scissors
  • Spirit gum adhesive
  • Red crème costume makeup
  • Dark red crème costume makeup
  • Comb
  • Hair gel

Two-Face Costume

  • Purchase a man’s or a boy’s suit, tie and shirt at a thrift or vintage shop. The suit and tie can be any color or pattern. The shirt should be white.

  • Take the jacket and lay it on your work surface. Use the rotary tool to rough up the left side of the jacket. This refers to the left side as if you are wearing the suit. Run the spinning head over the fabric so it will snag and tear. Create random holes on the left front, sleeve and back half. Use the same technique for the front and back of the left leg of the pants.

  • Wet the towel and wring it out. Use a lighter to burn the edges of the jacket’s lapel and collar. Smother the flames with the wet towel. Burn the cuff of the sleeve and pant leg as well as the bottom edge of the jacket. Let cool.

  • Paint the front of the jacket and pant leg with black acrylic paint. Apply generously with a sponge brush. Let dry. Paint a second coat. Flip the suit over when completely dry. Paint two coats on the back left of the jacket and sleeve in addition to the left pant leg. Let dry completely.

  • Take a small foam brush and dab red paint around the holes. Streak red paint on the tie and the collar of the white shirt. Create some streaks of red on the left side of the shirt. Load your brush with the grey paint and lightly paint broad strokes over the left side of the tie and the shirt.

Two Face Makeup

  • Take a black eyeliner pencil and draw a line down the middle of your face. Start at your hairline and stop at the base of your neck. Apply a layer of black makeup all over the left side of your face. Include your ear and the side of your neck.

  • Cut the bald cap in half. Slice the cap down the middle of the skull. You will have two half circles. Take a piece of bald cap and arrange it so it looks like a capital D. Measure down about 4 inches from the top and cut a circle an inch from the straight side. Take the piece and apply spirit gum to the back. Lay it flat and brush the liquid on the edges of the cap and around the circle. Apply spirit gum to the middle of the piece in an X pattern.

  • Line the piece up so the circle is over your left eye. Press the cap to your face. Keeping the eyehole in place, bunch the cap up so that it is bumpy. This will create a scarred look. Use scissors to cut to fit around your mouth. Press the edges of the cap down once you are satisfied with the placement. Let the spirit gum dry.

  • Apply red makeup over the cap with a sponge. Use a dabbing motion to get the makeup into the crevices and folds. Create depth by layering a darker red over the red base. Sponge on black makeup around the edges of the piece to blend it into the rest of your face.

  • Part your hair down the middle and slick the left side down with a generous amount of hair gel. Let the hair gel dry.

  • Apply the second half of the bald cap to the gelled section of hair. Brush spirit gum around the edge of the cap. Adhere it across your part and to your hairline. It is OK if there are some wrinkles, as they will look like scars. Let dry.

  • Cover the bald cap with red makeup to create a burned and scarred look like you did to the piece on your face. Blend the edges in with the makeup on your face and neck.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carry a coin to flip. Larger coins, such as half-dollars, will have a greater effect.
  • Burn clothing in a well ventilated or outside area away from children. Synthetic fibers will give off fumes.

References

  • Photo Credit Eldad Carin/iStock/Getty Images
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