Despite reuniting director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actor Johnny Depp, the recent Lone Ranger film failed to recreate the success the trio had with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise at the US box office.
The film has met with a more favorable reaction with less cynical viewers in the international market, though, and one reporter for our Japanese-language sister site came back from the theatre so impressed that he decided to transform himself into Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s Native American partner portrayed by Depp.
What sets Depp’s portrayal of Tonto apart from previous iterations of the character is the distinctive, caked makeup covering his face. Could our reporter really recreate the look from the $215 million film in our offices?
▼ He’s got a bit of a Johnny Depp look going on already, so we’re off to a good start.
Our list of supplies was short, consisting of white, liquid stage makeup foundation, an eyeliner pencil, black lining color, brushes, sponges, a hair dryer, and one secret ingredient we’ll get to in a minute.
First, slather the foundation on your face with a sponge. Don’t worry about getting it to a uniform thickness, as we’re recreating the weathered look of Depp’s Tonto.
Next, give yourself a blast of hot air in the face using the hair dryer.
With the eyeliner pencil, shade in the area around your eye sockets, and draw a few vertical lines across your face.
Now, it’s time for the secret ingredient we mentioned. To get the dry, dusty consistency for Tonto’s makeup, mix some flour into the foundation. You want the mixture to end up feeling similar to a dish of soft ice cream.
Dip a brush into the mixture, and apply it to your face. Be careful not to get any in your mouth.
Follow this with another blast from the dryer.
Next, grab a smaller-tipped brush and paint a few more vertical lines with the black lining color. There’s no need to be precise, since you want a jagged look to the strokes.
We’re done applying the makeup now, but we’re not quite finished yet. Wait a few moments for everything to harden, then slowly move the features of your face around, to put one final set of cracks into the mask.
Now all you need are some appropriately funky clothes, preferably with a dead bird to stick on top of your head (or in our case, a cute stuffed animal).
And there you go, you’re all set for Halloween with two months to go. Just remember to share some of your candy with the bird.
[ Read in Japanese ]