DIY Jared Leto Joker from Suicide Squad: Cosplay and Makeup Tutorial

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You thought Jordan Catalano was the quintessential bad boy? Nope! Jared Leto definitely had a few more tricks up his sleeve as far as portraying mysterious, misunderstood dudes. As soon as the now-famous image of Leto as the Joker, covered in tats and lookin’ a little wild, flew onto the internet shelves, people went nuts. They loved it. They hated it. Whatever they felt, no one could stop talking about it! (Ourselves included.) Re-inspired by the new cover of Empire magazine, we dropped everything to create this Joker makeup tutorial and Cosplay look.


The Inspiration

Jared Leto as the Joker

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The more we see this costume, the more we like it. Right? Ugh. WHEN does Suicide Squad come out? Not until next August?! We’d prefer not to wait so long…


Finished Jared Leto Joker Cosplay Costume

Joker Jared Leto Cosplay

Why So Serious?


How to dress like the Joker for Halloween

I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you… stranger.


Products Used

Joker Halloween Costume Products Used

White Body Paint     Batman Gray Sleep Pants

Joker Gloves     Green Hair Spray

As you can tell, this DIY Joker costume relies mostly on the makeup, but a few key pieces of the costume are totally mandatory! To recreate Leto’s famous screaming pose, be sure to wear some comfy Batman sweatpants, spray your hair green, and don one, just one, purple glove. Because, why not? Half the hygiene for this guy. They are all key players to this Jared Leto Joker costume.


DIY Fake Joker Tattoos

Joker Tattoo Stencils

We are lucky enough to have friends at the local tattoo parlor who helped us apply these FAKE tattoos, but this is definitely doable at home! No need for cheap Halloween tattoos because, guess what – you can buy temporary tattoo paper at the craft store! Just print these suckers out and cover yourself with faux-ink. You'll quickly have your very own Jared Leto Joker tattoo. It’s all in the ha-ha-ha’s, guys.


Joker Tattoos on Jared Leto

Tattoo Artist to Model: I’m not gonna kill you. I’m just gonna hurt ya… Really, really bad. 

Here are the tattoos that we used for our cosplay. You can print these out and use them for your Joker Halloween costume!

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Suicide Squad Joker Makeup Tutorial Video

And lastly, our makeup tutorial. The Joker is known for his unearthly skin tone and wild, green hair. Here is how we achieved this insane look for our DIY Joker costume!


Suicide Squad Joker Makeup Tutorial Video Transcript

"I'm not going to kill you. I'm just going to hurt you really, really bad."


The Finished Product!

Joker Halloween Costume

Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?


You can do it! The Joker cosplay is definitely one of our top choices for Halloween costume of 2015. If you're looking for additional DIY Suicide Squad outfits, we even have a full Harley Quinn cosplay and makeup tutorial, too, for fans of Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad look. We have plenty of Joker costumes here, for fans of Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, or Cesar Romero.    

MaDonna Flowers
MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.