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How to Do Clown Makeup - Easy Tutorial

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Do Clown Makeup - Easy Tutorial

Before applying clown makeup, you should be aware of the three different types: the classic whiteface clown has a white face with exaggerated features. The Aguste clown has a natural-colored face, with a large mouth and eyes. The tramp clown has a dark and sad face. Although the makeup colors may be different for each face, the application techniques are the same. Therefore, keep reading this OneHowTo article on how to do clown makeup.

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Steps to follow:


Study some images of clowns to see the different types of clown faces that there are. Clowns enhance facial features with makeup, rather than try to hide them.


Use your own face as a guide after seeing some examples of clowns. Determine your best features and the most prominent to exaggerate with the clown makeup.


Remember, what may work for you, it may not work in another. Wash your face with soap and dry with a towel and water. Wrap the towel around your shoulders or use a robe. It is to prevent makeup stains.

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Apply the first layer of makeup, starting with the lightest color. It usually is white or a color that matches your skin tone. If you want to cover the entire face with that color, it may be easier to use your fingers.

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Do not pile different colors one on top of the other. If you're using red on your cheeks, do not use white in that area. In addition, let each color dry completely before applying the next. This will prevent the colors merging while wet.


Add arched eyebrows, exaggerated lips, and pink cheeks with the appropriate colors. You can apply a thin layer of baby powder to each feature. This will help the clown makeup set and stick to the face. One technique used is to launch a cloud of talcum powder in the air and let it fall on your face, then start applying makeup.

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Continue to work with one color at a time, from the lightest to the darkest. For smaller areas, apply makeup with a cotton swab or small brush.


If you want a creepy clown makeup for Halloween, a great idea is to paint the bags under your eyes black and use a dropper to smudge the makeup down, as it the clown had been crying. Smudge your lipstick around your lips carelessly, to mimic Heath Ledger's Joker.

Carefully put in some Halloween contact lenses and add some fake vampire teeth for the full scary effect. use a dark curly haired wig as a last touch.

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To remove makeup afterwards, use baby shampoo or baby soap. You may need to apply these a few times before the clown makeup is removed completely.

Now you have your clown makeup tutorial, take a look at our article on how to make a clown costume.

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