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50+ Easy Clown Face Makeup Ideas for you to do at home!
Looking for great clown face ideas for your next costume party, clown gig, or Halloween event? This compilation is from clowns around the world!
Thank you to our Jest Paint Community members for submitting your own clown works of art.
At the bottom of the page, you will find suggested products to complete your makeup look and some common questions and answers on clown makeup and clowning around.
Milena Potekhina's Jester / Harlequin Clown Makeup Design is bright and edgy! First, sponge a few colors on the forehead and cheeks with face paint for pressed face powders, and then add black designs for decorative eyebrows and eyelashes. Add red on the nose and lips and outline in black. Shade in some of the black into the red for the final look!
This is another pretty version of a harlequin/jester clown with soft pink shading on the white base. The thin white highlights on the mouth and eyes make it almost look like neon lights. The streaky black line work gives it a true artistic feel! You will want to sponge a white base on first, then add the different colors around the eyes. Next paint the mouth raspberry red. Add the soft pink with eye shadows like PINK POP and make sure to get some on the chin, nose, around the eyes, and the on cheeks. Finally, add the white and black details, don't forget the raised eyebrows
This simple design has no base makeup. The glitter eyebrows and heart on the cheek, along with the pretty jewels make a fast but fancy clown face. You can get this type of glitter at Jest Paint. I recommend Amerikan Body Art Glitter Creme. The little red heart nose can be added with red lipstick or the Ben Nye Magicolor Jumbo Cream Crayon. The black line work is done using a black makeup pencil. You could also use red and black water-based face paint.
The two cuties love clowning together. Greg and Deanna Hoeft are showing off the two most common styles of clown makeup, the White Face and the Auguste. Notice how the Auguste Clown has a flesh-toned base and white around the eyes and mouth. They usually have red lips and then a ring of red around their white muzzle as an exaggerated form of blush. They usually have much larger features than a white-faced clown, so they look sillier 24/7. The white face clown has smaller features painted over a solid white base.
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Do you have facial hair? Look how this makeup artist worked around the goatee and mustache with a soft blend of white and Auguste makeup to pull it all together. The eyebrows painted right on his natural eyebrows result in a lot of expressions! I also like how they blended the thick black under the eyes so that it has a little bit of a smudgy look instead of hard black lines. Cheers to Hernan Toro for this cool clown look!
Dollie Smith applied fast and easy clown makeup without applying any Auguste flesh-colored makeup for a base. This look that shows more of the person's skin is perfect for clowning around little kids or adults who might get frightened by too much clown makeup. You can still see the human behind the clown persona and this makes them more approachable. Dollie also chose a small mouth with just the lower lip painted black and small black circles on each side to extend her smile a little bit. The red circles on her cheeks, red nose, and big eyelashes make her an undisputable clown no matter how little makeup she has on.
Looking for a simple Jester Face Painting design that you can wear? This design has no solid base makeup and no paint around the eyes, which makes it faster. First, paint the small white muzzle that goes up to the bottom of the nose. Paint the top and bottom lips and the little lip extensions to keep the smile alive. Enhance the eyebrows with a black or brown pencil.
Vidal Balielo Jr knows to Keep it Simple Silly! Sometimes just a little bit of makeup goes a long way. This sweet white face Clown has little red lips, a little blush, and simple eyeliner and eyelashes. She darkened her natural eyebrows with a black liner pencil and was ready to party! I love the yellow earrings, tiny hat, and clothes pins, no wig is needed for this light and friendly clown look!
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Chaim the Clown has spent a lot of time refining her clown makeup looks. She loves bright colors and made sure that her face was just as colorful as her wig. The bright yellow eyes and pink cheeks, with green dashes below the eyes, make Chaim stand out from other clowns. Think about your favorite colors and shapes when designing your clown face. You want your clown face to reflect your likes and personality.
Have your name go with your makeup! Starla added stars on her cheeks to tie her name into her look!
Ronaldo Murcia captured a sweet version of IT / Pennywise the clown. A soft white base with red blended line work and a little red nose makes a pretty scary clown. Leaving the white on her upper eyelids makes them pop against the red. Add some red streaks to your hair, and red earrings and hair accessories for a complete look.
The Pierrot or Pirouette clown has been around since the 17th century and has been depicted as sad, love-struck, and the butt of jokes. The pointy had and ruffle was often part of the costume. This version plays off of the sweet sad mood with cascading black lines that mimic tears, and blue around the eyes. The worried tilted eyebrows also show a sad worried emotion. The black dot on the nose is really interesting. You can get really creative with your clown makeup!
Feeling a little edgier? This Black and White Harlequin would be a hit for Halloween. The design requires no white base and just uses black triangles around the eyes, an extended mouth, and a little red blended in on the lips. Add gems or glitter to dress it up! If you don't like anything on your nose, this design has no clown nose to worry about. Pedro Dias captured this gothic clown beautifully with neck and wrist ruffles and a miniature top hat.
Harlequins, in history, were related to the devil and depicted with a black mask, and in theater always involved in mischief. Over the course of centuries of theatrical development, Harlequin became a character that was love-struck, fighting over the same girl as the character Pierrot. Bold shapes like diamonds, circles, moons, and stars are often found on Harlequin clothes. You have to check out Wikipedia to get the whole scoop!
If you search for payasos Mexicanos / payasas Mexicanas or payasos latinamericanos, you will find an array of beautiful clown faces to be inspired by. You might notice that the blending of the base colors is so smooth it looks airbrushed. There is a lot of creativity, bold neon eye shadows, and amazing costumes in Mexico and in other Latin American countries.
This image from Capotina shows a cute white face with a big red sponge nose. The large nose, eyes, and mouth look more like Auguste clown-size features. Notice how the makeup artist made blue shapes around the eyes and then blended the blue inwards for a soft look. In the past, White Face clowns wouldn't show any skin at all, but nowadays you will see that many no longer wear full gloves and wigs and don't paint their necks or ears either.
Designing your clown face is all about having fun! Clown Caramello chose to do his eye browns like fluffy clouds. Think of all the fun ways you could do your eyebrows. Play with shapes and angles, having them be a solid color or multiple colors.
Clownologists for competitive clowning-around consider a Hobo Clown to be happy and a Tramp clown to be sad. They are both down on their luck but look at life from different perspectives. This looks like one happy Hobo captured by Ben Wicks! Hobos and tramps usually have a flesh tone base and then white around the mouth and eyes, much like an Auguste clown, but they add on some five o'clock shadow. While homelessness is not a joke, hobos and tramps can creatively bring light to the struggles of people around the world. Emmett Kelly created Weary Willie the Tramp Clown, modeled after the homeless men of the Great Depression. He performed this character on and off for years in the circus.
Notices the sad angle of this cute clown's mouth on the right. That helps categorize him as a Tramp clown since he has a frown painted on it. And look at those weary-painted eyebrows.
This easy Tramp face has an Auguste makeup base with some brown grease paint blended in smoothly around the white mouth. The best order is white first, then Auguste Base then blend in the brown, all the way down into the neck. They are both sporting ProKnows noses that can be glued on and stay on for hours.
(These two are my mom, MT Pockets, and my dad, Billy Gumbo. They can have a lot of fun playing off each other with these two different characters! In this picture they were dressed up for the St. Patrick's Day Parade)
Here is a picture of a man applying a tramp/hobo face. He first applied a white muzzle and shapes around the eyes, and then used his finger to add the five o'clock shadow. After this, he will add the eyebrows, lip color, and nose.
Tramps and Hobos don't need to be ragged and messy. This tramp clown captured by Jair Hernandez has a clean-cut look that demands respect. Notice the downturned mouth, worried eye browns, and eye makeup that could almost be stylized tears.
This white face clown by Chris Harris has fun features, like the black lines above, below, and to the sides of the eyes. The pink cheeks with freckles are also a nice touch. Notices the small red mouth with only the bottom lip painted will keep you looking like you are smiling all of the time
You can use Rainbow Cakes to add color to your clown makeup. Here Chaim used a regular true rainbow combo for the dashes below and above the eyes. Chaim likes Silly Farm Rainbow cakes. At Jest Paint we have them, and many more brands to choose from. You can see all of our face paint rainbow cakes here!
Here is a cute mini White Face Clown with a pink nose and cheeks and a big red smile. The highlights of the red in the smile and the nose soften the bold colors.
Oshi Bear the Clown with her simple Auguste makeup and rubber chicken was the delight at the Kalamazoo Parades.
For this fast August face, we have Oshi Bear eyelashes with makeup pencil but didn't do clown eyebrows. She also has a mini white muzzle that doesn't go under her nose so that she could wipe and blow it during the cold parade. Make sure to set your child's oil-based makeup very well with baby powder, cornstarch, or setting powder, or they will spread it everywhere. Just make sure they don't breathe it in while you are applying it.
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Little Clowns are easy to paint with face paint and glitter. Brittany Fink painted her daughter up into this cute little jester. She matched her makeup with her costume and added chunky glitter to add instant sparkle and freckles. You can use a multi-colored face paint rainbow cake for clown makeup around the eyes too.
Oshi Bear the clown going all gymnast! In this one, she has the Auguste base.
White-face clowns historically were a little more uptight and serious, but nowadays you will find really silly White Face Clowns that break the mold. Notice the super soft blending on the cheeks and eye shadow of the clown on the left. Compare the eyebrows of these two clowns and how they did their lips.
Character clowns choose a character and create an exaggerated costume to go with it. In this case, she chose to be a waitress at a retro diner and created a very bold waitress apron, dress, and shirt. She also created a cute little checkered hat to match. Her clown makeup is more of a beauty clown makeup with exaggerated pink lips, lots of contouring and blush, and a gentle pink nose instead of a bright red nose. Her large fake eyelashes are also a shout-out to the makeup styles of the 60s, think Twiggy eyes. She also is wearing gloves which were also trending in the 50s and early 60s.
This Character Clown is a matador. But a fun one that doesn't hurt animals! I love how he incorporated the swirls on his coat into the black swirls coming from the sides of his eyes. This August clown Face is fun and sophisticated.
The Madhatter is a bit of a clown character with bold makeup in Alice in Wonderland. The White Face base and different colored eye makeup around each eye are key. Don't forget the white eyelashes and little red lips, and pink contouring.
You can tie your makeup into a special holiday that you are celebrating. This clown is sporting a lot of green, even in his eye makeup!
Circus Clowns have a wide variety of makeup styles. I find Cirq Du Soleil's makeup very creative and unique. They don't always stick to the traditional white face or august looks and use makeup to create abstract patterns that highlight their faces in a different way. Notice the Blue and Pink Clowns and how they use the white base and colorful shading to create their faces.
Here is another example of Auguste Clown makeup. In this case, the mouth is so large it takes over the whole bottom of the face, and the white paint around the eyes goes way to the top of the forehead. Since the clown is bald, the sky's the limit for his eyes. This style of the face is really only going to show expression in the red mouth area since the top to the eyebrows have gone above the major motion zones of the forehead and the white part of the mouth has also left the movement zone which is where the smile lines are.
If you have artistic talent and want to add more to your clown face, why not? Rosalyn Paulino added hearts, stars, and a rainbow to Chaims' face.
Here I painted frogs and ducks on my rendition of Chaim the Clowns makeup style.
Step 1 Apply the White Shapes around the eyes and mouth.
Step 2 Apply blush around the mouth, and add a red nose and bottom lip. On each side of the lip paint a teardrop shape that tilts up, extending the smile. Step 3 Add a little eye shadow in blue, or your favorite color.
Step 4 Add cute eyebrows and eyelashes and dashes under and above the eyes.
My mom and daughter are in their Auguste Clown makeup. You can tell they are related! I was dressed to go face paint. Their big smiles and eyes are easy for people to see from far away when walking in the parade.
If you buy high-quality professional clown makeup from a well-known brand or water-based face paint from a well-known supplier then you are doing your best to get the safest clown makeup out there. During Halloween cheap makeup is imported and the quality is debatable. Though no makeup brand can guarantee that a person will not have a reaction to the makeup, cheaper novelty style face paints are more likely to cause one. Make sure that the ingredients are listed and that they don't contain anything that you are allergic to.
Traditional Clowns that really clown around for a living either in the circus, theater, parades, or at parties usually use grease / cream-based makeup. This thick makeup needs to be set with setting powder because it doesn't dry. After applying it in a thin layer on the face with their fingers or brushes and sponges and grease pencils, then you will need to pat setting powder really well into the makeup and then dust off the excess powder. The last step is pressing a damp paper towel against the makeup to lift up any excess powder and brighten up the makeup.
Above are kit options for clowns who will be putting their faces on every week. Below is a simple kit for Halloween or for clowning around every now and then.
If you don't need makeup that will stay on for a long time you can use water-based paints like Fusion Body Art. Some artists use rainbow cakes as well to add color to their clown makeup design. You can seal this type of makeup with Setting Spray and Lipstick Sealer if you want it to have more resistance to water and sweat. For short events on cool days, I used water-based makeup without any issues. And, if I was a face-painting clown I could always touch up the makeup while I painted.
Grease / Cream Makeup can withstand a lot of sweating and even sprays from water. Other options are alcohol or silicone-based makeup. Alcohol-based makeup, like Proaiir Hybrid Liquids or Solids, can be used all day long. If you avoid friction you will look great at the end of a long party or performance.
Since sweating will probably be a factor if the actors will be running around cream / grease-based or alcohol-based will last the longest. Check out Ben Nye Clown Makeup or Proaiir Hybrid Solids.
You can use your own makeup if you have bright colors, or you can use a bold eye shadows palette like the Ben Nye Rainbow Studio Color Palette and the Ben Nye Jumbo Crayon for red lips and accents.
If you need to use eye shadow as eye makeup for clown makeup, make sure to use a primer first so that the colors are really bold. Use pink or red shadow on the cheeks for blush.
Use a black eyeliner pencil for your clown eyebrows and eye markings, like exaggerated eyelashes or dashes under the eyes.
You can buy clown makeup right here, at Jest Paint!
If you want grease/oil /cream-based makeup, check out our Ben Nye Clown Makeup Section. There are solid colors, cream pencils, and palettes with 6 colors that are perfect for clown faces. All of them need to be set with powder.
If you want water-based clown makeup, check out Fusion Body Art or Superstar for face paints that can be used as clown makeup.
If you find clown makeup at a costume store ask for professional-grade makeup from brands like Kryolan, Ben Nye, or Mehron. If they don't have those brands be aware that the quality of novelty makeup can be very poor. You might not get a smooth coverage, it might irritate your skin, and it might stain.
Clown makeup aesthetic in popular makeup designs might include strong blush on the nose and cheeks, extended eyeliner that might have stylized upper or lower eyelashes drawn on, raised eyebrows painted above the natural eyebrows, bold red lipstick, and shapes drawn on the cheeks. Instagram makeup artists have created a lot of clown esthetic looks to spice up their everyday makeup. There are some well know Drag Queens that also call themselves clowns because they use the clown makeup aesthetic.
The most simple clown look I could find was captured by Rene Asmussen. This like dust of white powder for the base, and dashed eyes and red lips still screams clown, even though it may have only taken a few minutes to do. You could use Starblend White for the base.
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Boy clowns can choose a character that they like, perhaps a fireman or baseball player, and turn it into a clown. They can be a tramp, emo clown, creepy clown, rock star clown, and more. The sky is really the limit, and in clowning, there are no rules about how boy clowns can act and dress. If they want to wear a pink wig, they can. If they want to have long eyelashes, they can. Clowns break modern gender norms just by the fact that boys and men are wearing makeup and colorful wigs. If they want to go really simple they can just wear a nose, or do Clown Lite makeup.
Young girls can be any kind of clown that they want to be. Some popular looks are Harlequin or Pantomime Clowns, which are similar to Jesters. They can choose to be a character clown, getting inspiration from professions, or styles. They could be a doctor clown or a pet-obsessed clown. Making sure not to forget the eyelashes and blush and sweet smile if you want a feminine-looking clown.
Kids make adorable clowns. Some want to be cute while others want to be scary. Stick to the simple faces above that don't have a base color for the youngest of kids, like the Lite August Face. If your child wants to be a scary clown take into account that some people have coulrophobia and are very afraid of clowns, so you might not want to go over the top making them look too terrifying. You can customize your child's clown face by adding special shapes that they like on their cheeks or painting their nose their favorite color.
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This urban clown-style makeup comes from the Payasa look that is common in Chicano tattoos and art. The face can represent the contrast of humor and suffer in Mexican American gang life with a beautiful face with a happy clown mouth but sad or scary harlequin dramatic eye makeup. You will also find sad and happy theatrical masks with a similar theme in body art and face painting. Chola Makeup has become popular on Instagram and TikTok.
Clarissa Rodriguezz created this Chola Clown make up look inspired by @cruzita_gaby . I love the neutral tones that she stuck to for this amazingly blended beautiful clown look.
Leticia Rodrigues shot this very easy Clown Makeup Look. The jester/joker face with just red makeup and a little highlight powder on the nose and white eyeliner. The key to this design is the one triangle going up and the other one going down. The braids and thickened eyebrows are all this look needs to say spicy clown without going overboard.
Want to learn how to be a clown, but not sure where to start? Check to see if your area has a local CLOWN ALLEY. Clown Alleys are clubs for people who love clowning around and want to make friends and network with other clowns. I grew up in Clown Alley 44 The Grand and Glorious Mid Michigan Clowns, which is A COAI (Clowns of America International). Clown Alleys often have board members from the Big Nose to the Leaky Pen, and they plan group events for the community and for clown conventions. You can find a lot of support in a local clown alley and learn new skills and get help with your makeup and costumes.
Grimaldi was a Harlequin pantomime clown who made the white face clown look popular. He painted his whole face white and painted big red rectangles on his cheeks, red lips, and a red dot on his chin. He performed as a mime in the 17 and 1800s in England. He was known as The Clown and has inspired the art of mimes and clowning around greatly over the years.
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Clowns use rubber, foam, latex, plastic, and painted noses. Some just apply body glue like White Aid to the area they want, and dust fine cosmetic-grade glitter on the glue for a long-lasting sparkly nose. I did this during my peak in clowning because I had issues seeing around a large nose while painting faces, and I didn't have to worry about my nose falling off.
ProKnows brand noses are foam with an outer vinyl coating, can be attached with nose glue and last for hours, and can be reused for years. They come in an array of shapes and sizes. Rubber noses with a string can cause pain behind the ears from the elastic string, and foam noses with or without glue tend to fall off when you least expect it.
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Super Clown lite meets lite Aguste! Huge eyelashes make a big difference if you want to go light on the makeup.
These comfy Pro Knowses come in tons of size and shapes and stay put with body glue, like Prosaide.
These cheap shiny red clown noses are great for a photo shoot, but the elastic string might give you a headache after awhile, not to mention the nice line that will be left across your face for a few hours.
Clowns have been wearing red noses since the 1800s. The Fratellini Brothers, Lou Jacobs, and Thomas Belling are some of the first clowns known to wear a red nose. Auguste means fool in German, and Belling fell over her oversized pants in a show and his nose started to bleed and they called him Auguste...Fool! This could be where the tradition of Auguste clowns and big pants and red noses comes from, but it is just a theory. (Credit: MentalFloss.com)
This feminine version of Pennywise is a fast Halloween makeup look. The makeup artist first did the black and red lipstick and the blackish red nose, and then created the face designs with red and blended them out to look like bruised skin. Then they blended black into the red to create a deep gash look. The eye makeup is also black and red, which gives a bruising feel as well.
Moniek Graff-Meeuwsen has a son who loves scary clowns. She gave him some big yellow teeth and arched black eyes browns to make him scary. She also shades some cheeks and forehead wrinkles in grey. The bloody forehead and shading under the blue eye shapes also help with the creepy factor. Friendly Reminder: If your child will go out for Halloween or to another event as a scary clown, tell them to respect others' fears of clowns and to give scared people space. You don't want to chase after someone that is scared of clowns because they might overreact and hurt you, or they could have a real panic attack.
If you want to make your scary clown look a little more intense outline and highlight the lips, do more shading with grey to create pronounced smile lines and raised eyebrow ridges. Darken the eye sockets and shade all of the hollow areas in the neck and chest. You can make the line work on the eyes red instead of black so that they mimic blood.
This Clown Lite Version of Pennywise is dramatic and unforgettable, especially with the addition of white contact lenses.
This melodramatic pantomime clown makeup design looks really good in black and white. Some might call it beautiful, others might call it creepy. The asymmetrical eye design and eye browns, teardrops, tiny lips like the Queen of Hearts, and diamond on the cheek create a lot of contrast of hard and soft shapes all on one face, which can work when the mime wants to express different feelings without talking.
A white face, red lips, and a huge nose is all this person needed to be declared a clown. Mimes use their face for expression, along with body language to tell a story.
Oshi Bear and Clash had very similar faces since they are related, but I mixed things up, giving them different eyebrows and moles and freckles on the white muzzle. For Happy Clowns, make sure to avoid a scary eyebrow arch. Oshi Bear almost has a scowl going on with one of her blue eyebrows, but since she is so cute it still doesn't look that scary. Happy Clowning Around Everyone!
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