Clown Makeup Tutorials to Try

clown makeupNo matter how you feel about clowns, you have to admit that there’s something compelling about their faces. Clowns can be happy, sad, or frightening and many of their characteristics are derived from their makeup. Learning to apply clown makeup can make you a hit at children’s parties, or start you off on a theatrical makeup career. These clown makeup tutorials will show you a few different ways to create these classic faces.

Classic Clown Makeup Tutorial

Whether you have an aim to become a professional makeup artist one day, or you just want to wow everyone at your kid’s birthday party with your amazing makeup application skills, it’s hard to go wrong with classic clown makeup under your belt.

Theatrical makeup does apply differently than most everyday makeups do. If you’ve ever taken a course in makeup application, you’ll find that some of the techniques, particularly for applying dramatic eye makeup, are consistent, while other techniques will need to be revised.

Materials

Remember that the better your materials, the better the finished product is going to be. If you intend to make your clown face a regular occurrence, consider investing in some good-quality theatrical face paints and brushes.

  • White face paint
  • Red face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Brushes in varying sizes
  • Powder

Instructions

  1. Cover both eyes from the bridge of your nose, up over both eyebrows and out to the corners of your eyes with white face paint. Use a medium-sized brush and apply the makeup thickly enough that it covers your skin and eyebrows, while remaining opaque.
  2. Take a small-sized brush and apply thin back eyebrows at the top of the white area, above your natural brow line. Make an exaggerated curve for each brow to give the appearance of surprise to the face.
  3. Take the same brush and apply laugh lines in black to the outside corners of each eye.
  4. Cover the lower portion of the face with the white makeup, extending from just beneath the nose down to the chin and out to below the apple of each check.
  5. Outline the white area in black using a small, stiff-bristled brush.
  6. Paint your lips using the red makeup, and extend the outline of your lips in red well past your mouth, painting right over the white makeup. Be sure to turn the corners up slightly at each end to give the appearance of an exaggerated smile.
  7. Outline the finished red mouth in black with your smallest brush to separate the two colors.
  8. Rub a small amount of red makeup into the apple of each check, blending it in slightly with the surrounding skin.

Tip: When you’re layering makeup over makeup, such as the red over the white, give the first layer a few minutes to dry a little, or pat on a little bit of baby powder to help set it before applying the second color. This will help prevent the two colors from bleeding into one another.

Disturbing Clown Makeup Tutorial

clown makeupNot everyone feels that clowns are funny or benevolent. While this clown makeup probably isn’t going to frighten anyone, it’s pretty much guaranteed that most people are going to find it fairly disturbing.

Materials

  • White face paint
  • Red face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Bright blue face paint
  • Assorted brushes
  • Wedge sponge for applying makeup
  • Powder

Instructions

  1. Cover the entire face with white makeup using the wedge sponge to get even coverage. Let the makeup sit for a few minutes, or lightly pat on a coat of baby powder to help keep it from smearing as you apply the other colors.
  2. Cover the lips and the area just outside of them with glossy red makeup. Keep the edges around the mouth slightly uneven; you aren’t drawing on a mouth so much as making the clown appear to be bleeding from the mouth.
  3. Thin out the makeup slightly with oil and drip it from the lower lip out over the chin in a few places.
  4. Draw a large blue diamond over each of the eyes and fill it in completely with a soft bristled brush.
  5. Cover the upper and lower lids of each eye with a thick line of black makeup, extending both areas out past the lid slightly above and below the eye.
  6. Following the line of the upper portion of the blue diamond on each eye, extend the black makeup into a triangle just above each eye.
  7. On one eye, repeat this with a triangle extending down below the eye. Just beneath the triangle, dot on the black makeup to make it appear as though the clown is crying.
  8. On the same eye, extend the black makeup out to where the brow line stops in a cat eye makeup tail.
  9. Draw on some thick wings above this eye from the center of the forehead out, stopping them on either side of the blue diamond so it appears as though they are passing behind it.
  10. Color the end of the nose with black makeup.

Mime Clown Makeup Tutorial

clownmakeupMimes are silent clowns that have an iconic look all their own that is easy to apply.

Materials

  • White face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Red face paint
  • Assorted brushes
  • Wedge applicator
  • Powder

Instructions

  1. Cover the face and neck with the white face paint using the wedge applicator to get an even coat. Make sure to cover the eyebrows as well, although not the mouth.
  2. Powder the face to help set the paint and give it a dull appearance.
  3. Cover the mouth in red paint, staying inside the normal lip line.
  4. Outline the eyes in black, extending the makeup in a thin line out to each side.
  5. Draw on a small heart on the apple of each cheek in red using a small brush.

Get Creative

Once you master a few different clown makeup looks, get creative and start branching out into entirely new directions. Clowns can take on many different personas from naughty to nice, so have a little fun with the art. If you enjoy the process, consider signing up for a makeup application course to learn even more.