How to Apply Gene Simmons Makeup


Long before he became a reality star and soft drink pitchman, Gene Simmons was just the "Demon" bassist for Kiss. His makeup scheme has been duplicated by countless Kiss army members ever since the '70s, but not always with great results. If the makeup isn't convincing, the look goes from scary to comical. With a Kiss photo and some common products, the average fan should be able to make a decent Demon look at home.

Things You'll Need

  • White clown face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Black eye liner pencil
  • Baby powder
  • Powder brush
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Head band
  • Wash and dry your face, then secure your hair in a headband or pony tail. If you plan to wear a wig, use hair spray to keep the hair back before doing the makeup.

  • Use a damp cosmetic sponge or your fingers to apply white clown makeup to the entire face. The white makeup must cover every part of the face from the hairline down to the neck.

  • Use a powder brush to apply baby powder over the whole face. The powder will help prevent smearing from other colors and makeup. Let the makeup set before applying the black face paint.

  • Line both eyes on the top and bottom with black eyeliner. Then use the black eye liner pencil to trace the Demon makeup around the eyes. Use a photo of Simmons as a guide to get the right number of spikes. The liner on the nose must be straight, and the spikes on the sides must be symmetrical for the look to be effective.

  • Use more black eye liner to draw a massive, upside-down triangle on the forehead to represent the widow's peak. The point must right above the point where the eyebrows begin. Carefully apply more black eyeliner around the eyes and lips, then apply the black lipstick.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take LOTS of pictures, dressing up as Gene Simmons draws a lot of attention and huge feedback, enjoy your time in the lime light!!
  • Read the warnings on any makeup package. Some clown makeup may cause irritations if it is left on too long.

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