Looking for a tutorial on how to do traditional clown makeup? You've come to the right place! Learn how to do traditional clown makeup: Whiteface clown, Auguste clown, and Tramp/Hobo clown.
A clown's makeup is his or her trademark. A clown may experiment a long time to develop one’s own character but never copies another clown's face. There are many different types of clown characters and clown makeup looks. You can decide to be a happy clown, a scary clown, a neutral clown, a sad clown, and the list goes on and on.
But whichever type of clown you decide to be, it all comes down to one thing: what type of clown are YOU? The clown makeup you decide on will ultimately define you as a clown. So when deciding on this, think about the things you like:
- Colors: If you love bright, stand-out colors, incorporate that into your clown makeup. Are you a fan of pink, for example? Show that off by adding lots of different shades of pink makeup to your look.
- Faces: There are many different types of clown faces you can recreate. You can be a silly clown, a happy clown, a frowny clown, and so on. The type of face you have on will also define the type of clown you will be.
- Accessories: Accessorize your persona with different clown accessories. Will your clown wear a hat, gloves, a giant tie, or glasses? And also, what type of wig will your clown wear? All of these things can be added to make your clown stand out even more!
Ultimately, it comes down to what type of clown makes you smile! When you look in the mirror, be sure that you are satisfied with what you are seeing.
The Three Main Types of Clown Faces
There are three main types of clown faces:
#1. Whiteface Clown
- To copy the Whiteface clown look, you'll need plenty of white face paint to cover the entire face. Paint your entire face and neck, including eyebrows using white face paint.
- Next, you'll need a big shiny nose.
- Use red face paint to create the exaggerated mouth and dab onto the cheeks for a flushed look.
- Lastly, use a black eyeliner to create high eyebrows.
#2. Auguste The Clown
- To copy the Auguste the clown look, you'll first need to cover the entire face and neck with a light red or pink face paint.
- Next, apply white face paint around the eyes and mouth, as per the picture above.
- Apply a red face paint to the cheeks.
- Use a black eyeliner to draw on the high and exaggerated eyebrows.
- Draw a mouth into the white area using a color of your choice.
- Lastly, top off the look with a big, red, shiny nose!
#3. The Tramp Clown
- For a more natural-looking clown face, copy this Tramp clown look!
- Start off by painting the eye and mouth are using white face paint.
- Next, paint around the mouth using a brown face paint. This will give the illusion of a beard or facial hair.
- Use a red face paint to paint the nose and the cheeks. This is not a super exaggerated clown look, so only add a little at a time.
- Finally, use a black eyeliner to draw the arched eyebrows and your look is finished!
Brand Names vs. Generic
We don't recommend using "generic" or water-based makeup, the sort usually sold around Halloween, as it is not meant for your face for long periods of time. Make sure it is a quality, professional brand, such as:
Although higher quality, professional clown makeup may be more expensive than generic ones, it is worth it in the end. This is because lesser quality paints won't last as long on the face and in the pan. The better the quality, the brighter the colors, the longer the staying power, and the cleaner the look. Not to mention that a lot of generic paints are loaded with harsh ingredients that can actually irritated the skin.
Foundation and Liners
How to Remove Clown Makeup:
Different clowns recommend different methods of removing makeup, but the basic method is the same. The first thing you need is some kind of agent that will help you to simply wipe away the face paint. You might not need to buy anything special for this; it's likely that you can find what you need in your own cabinets. In fact, it might be in your cooking cabinets!
Some choices to remove grease clown makeup include:
Some cleanser suggestions: