Tramp Clown Makeup Application Guidelines

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Before applying clown makeup for any of the three clown types and for either wet or dry method, prep you face by washing it with soap and water to remove all facial oil. Use an astringent if needed.

Tramp Wet Method 

1. Apply clown white around eye and muzzle area using your fingertips, sponge or makeup compress or use a white liner pencil to draw your eye and mouth design guidelines. Next, apply your white to the inside of your guidelines.

2. To smooth out the makeup and give it a soft velvet look, pat it with your fingertips or compress.

3. Using a Q-tip, design your mouth and eyes and wipe off excess white. (This step is not necessary if you draw white guidelines.)

4. Using a brush, Q-tip, finger or black pencil, design a 'beard line' from your ear to under nose and back to your other ear.

5. Using a brush, Q-tip, finger or compress, apply an Auguste or flesh tone around outside of eye area and on cheeks butting up to your beard line, back to ears, and up and around to hairline.

6. Apply black or gray (sometimes a brown can be used) makeup in beard area. To simulate a rough beard, pat beard makeup with a rough stipple sponge. White flecks of makeup can be used to highlight beard. Some tramps prefer to blend their beard, to do this, apply your auguste color then feather the beard color into it by patting with your finger tips.

7. Using a brush, Q-tip or black pencil, design and color in your eyebrows incorporating part of your natural eyebrow.

8. Powder your face and brush off excess powder.

9. Most Tramp Clowns need a weathered look in the cheek area. This can be accomplished by brushing on dry rouge or feathering in some red makeup.

10. Details: Add small black lines to corners of mouth, either straight or turned slightly down to accent expression. For very sad expression, add a white or blue teardrop, outlined in black, on one cheek or below outside corner of one eye. Outline around eye area is optional.

Tramp – Dry Method 

1. Apply clown white around eye and muzzle area using your fingertips, sponge or makeup compress or use a white liner pencil to draw your eye and mouth design guidelines. Next, apply your white to the inside of your guidelines.

2. To smooth out the makeup and give it a soft velvet look, pat it with your fingertips or compress.

3. Using a Q-tip, design your mouth and eyes and wipe off excess white. (This step is not necessary if you draw white guidelines.)

4. Powder your white with a powder sock or powder puff. 5. Using a brush, Q-tip, finger or black pencil, design a 'beard line' from your ear to under nose and back to your other ear.

6. Apply black or gray (sometimes a brown can be used) makeup in beard area. To simulate a rough beard, pat beard makeup with a rough stipple sponge. White flecks of makeup can be used to highlight beard. Some tramps prefer to blend their beard, to do this, apply your auguste color (step 8) first then feather the beard color into it by patting with your finger tips, then powder both beard and cheeks.

7. Powder your beard with a powder sock or powder puff. 8. Using a brush, Q-tip, finger or compress, apply an Auguste or flesh tone around outside of eye area and on cheeks butting up to your beard line, back to ears, and up and around to hairline.

9. Powder your cheeks with a powder sock or powder puff. 10. Using a brush, Q-tip or black pencil, design and color in your eyebrows incorporating part of your natural eyebrow.

11. Powder your eyebrows and brush off excess powder.

12. Most Tramp Clowns need a weathered look in the cheek area. This can be accomplished by brushing on dry rouge or feathering in some red makeup.

13. Details: Add small black lines to corners of mouth, either straight or turned slightly down to accent expression. For very sad expression, add a white or blue teardrop, outlined in black, on one cheek or below outside corner of one eye. Outline around eye area is optional.

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