How to Make a "Two-Face" Costume

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Whether you're drawing inspiration from Tim Burton's ‌Batman Forever‌ or Christopher Nolan's ‌The Dark Knight‌, DC Comics' universe has a ton of Batman costume ideas for Halloween. The Joker and The Riddler are two iconic villains to portray, but a Harvey Dent costume can make for quite the spooky getup.


Gotham City's district attorney Harvey Dent becomes the evil Two-Face, obsessed with his own duality, 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.

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The DIY Two-Face Halloween 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 supervillain – 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

  • Gray acrylic paint

  • Black eyeliner pencil

  • Black cream costume makeup

  • Sponges

  • Bald cap

  • Scissors

  • Spirit gum adhesive

  • Red cream costume makeup

  • Dark red cream costume makeup

  • Comb

  • Hair gel

Two-Face Costume

1. Secure a suit

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.


2. Customize the suit jacket

Lay the jacket on your work surface. Use the rotary tool to rough up the side of the jacket that would be your left if you were wearing the suit. Run the spinning rotary 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.


3. Burn the jacket

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 it cool.



Burn clothing in a well-ventilated or outside area away from children. Synthetic fibers will give off fumes.

4. Paint the jacket

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.


5. Add fake blood to the jacket

With a small foam brush, 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 gray paint and lightly paint broad strokes over the left side of the tie and the shirt.



Two-Face Makeup Tutorial

1. Draw the dividing line

With a black eyeliner pencil, 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.


2. Prepare the bald cap

Cut the bald cap in half. Slice the cap down the middle of the skull. You now have two half circles. Arrange a piece of the bald 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.

Apply spirit gum to the back of the piece. 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.

3. Create the scarred face

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

4. Apply Two-Face makeup

Apply red Halloween 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.

5. Prepare your hair

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

6. Apply the second bald cap half

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's OK if there are some wrinkles, as they will look like scars. Let dry.

7. Cover the cap with burns and scars

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


Carry the Two-Face coin to flip. Larger coins, such as half-dollars, will have a greater effect.



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