20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger Designed His Look Himself
Although the Joker’s worn makeup look came from makeup artist John Caglione Jr., Heath Ledger had a lot of input into how the character should look. Many of the initial designs for the character looked too clean, even when John made intentional efforts to make the character feel more distressed and worn-down.
Eventually, they landed on a look that made it seem as though the Joker had been wearing the makeup for days on end, which feels incredibly true to the character we meet in the film. Say what you will about the villainous figure, but it doesn’t seem like he’s too terribly concerned with his own appearance.