How To Add Black to White Clown Makeup

Clowns make for a great costume.  They’re fun and playful, and you can go all out because, well… you’re a clown!  Applying that clown makeup, however, can be a frustrating and not so fun experience, especially if you’re starting with a white clown face.  Once that base is on, how do you add other colors like black onto your white clown make-up without smearing it all over the place? Black on white clown makeup adds some contrast and a dramatic feel.  It also highlights the general design.  Don’t worry, all you need is some patience and a steady hand.  So don’t sweat it and let’s get started.

  1. First, you need a clean base to work with.  That means pulling your hair away from your face.  Either put your hair in a pony tail or use a headband.  There’s nothing more frustrating than having to deal with stray hairs while applying color onto your white clown makeup, especially when it’s black.  So start this process the right way. 
  2. Next, paint your face with the white makeup base.  It’s up to you if you want to paint your neck or not, but make sure to get your face properly covered.
  3. Next, decide what type of clown face you would like to apply.  Don’t start painting your face until you have a clear design in mind.  This will save you time, patience and face paint.  Do you want color or just a two-toned look?  Will the black paint be used to outline your white clown makeup design, or will it be part of it? 
  4. After you’ve gotten your clown design in mind, slowly start painting your face. 
  5. Work from your forehead to your mouth using a thin brush.  You don’t need to use a thick coat of black to paint over your white clown makeup.  If you make a mistake, it’ll be easier to clean a smaller area, so go lightly. 
  6. Let the black makeup set for a couple of seconds before adding a second coat. 
  7. If you’re black makeup is only for outlining your colored design, use the other colors over your white clown makeup first.  Apply the black onto the white clown makeup after you’ve completed your design.

When you’re fully satisfied with the finished design, and have properly applied the black onto your white clown makeup, lightly dab your face with powder.  This will avoid any smears and runs, plus it will help set your clown makeup.


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