How to Apply Clown Makeup

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When applying clown makeup, use white makeup to exaggerate the eyes, the mouth and the cheeks, and outline each feature in black and red. Make an expressive clown face fit for a performance with a demonstration from a professional makeup artist in this free video on stage makeup.

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Hello, my name is Keegan Hitchcock from Body Art by Keegan and we're here in Fort Lauderdale at One Model Place Studios. In this clip we're going to show you how to apply clown makeup. Today we're going to be using face paint to get that effect. You're going to start with white on her eyelids. We're going got extend it up into her brows, make her eyes look bigger than they are, kind of that cartoony clowny sort of a look. Basically the point is to exaggerate the features so when the clowns' are making their expressions doing the funny things, it's a little more exaggerated. So what stands out the most are the eyes and the mouth, so we're going to do the eyes and the mouth the greatest. Just kind of give her kind of a smile look but you don't want that huge across the face smile. We wanted her to be able to move her mouth naturally in sometimes smiles, sometimes in surprise, even frowns sometimes if she needs to. So we've got our white here and our white on the eyes. So, we're going to just do the white, make sure we've got them all defined, the right shapes we want. Get those eyes nice and round, nice and big. Next thing we are going to do some blush. And it's going to more of kind of an outline than regular blush. You can relax your face, we're just going to kind of follow the curve we've got here for her mouth and go up and out on the cheek. Again, kind of make it look like that smiley look without doing a huge smile on the face. And we make the other side to match. And we're going to then give her some extended eyebrows to define those eyes a little bit more. A cute happy little clown here. So we are then going to take some black. We're going to make the eyebrows thicker in the inside and they're arched all the way out like that. Other side same thing, thicker towards the inside or the middle and all the way out. Because she's a cute girl clown we're going to give her a little bit of lashes on the sides as well. Clip one, two with your brush, you want to do it really quick, kind of a flick of your wrist. So now we've got her eyebrows and her lashes, we're going to give her a couple of little polka dots for freckles here, just one, two, three. Just dotting her, just laying the brush down. And over here, one, two, three. Bottom lip here. It's up to you, you can do only the bottom lip. You can extend it up a little, going to give her a little dot and kind of extend that smile up a little bit. Can't have a clown without a red nose, and on her nose. So, we've got everything we need for a cute august clown. There we are. This is Keegan Hitchcock, thank you for watching.


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