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Killer Clown Halloween Face Paint Tutorial

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

Killer Clown Face Paint

Killer Clown Face Paint

2013 was the year that I tried my hardest with my outfit at my Halloween party. With a little face paint, fake blood and a comb, I was able to pull off a pretty cool costume that lots of people seemed to like and admire. I was asked to do a tutorial on it several times, so here it is.

Bear in mind that you're free to adapt and change parts wherever you like to fit your taste and needs. I originally got this idea from a YouTube face paint tutorial and adapted a lot of it myself. You can watch the video further down in this article.

My killer clown makeup

My killer clown makeup


You will need:

  • White, red and black face paint
  • Black eyeliner
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Contact lenses (optional)

Applying the Makeup

  1. Start by covering your face and neck in the white face paint. Use a small sponge to apply the paint. Don't worry if it takes a while to work, particularly if your skin is dark. Pile on layer after layer until your skin tone has reached a ghostly white. (10–20 minutes)
  2. Apply a thick layer of eyeliner around your eyes, and dark eyeshadow on and around your eyelids. (5 minutes)
  3. Use the eyeliner to draw the black triangle shapes above and below your eyes. Apply a layer of black face paint over it. You can also make this closer to the YouTube video if you wish. (5–10 minutes)
  4. Use the black eyeliner and the red face paint to create a pattern on your nose and around your mouth like in the above picture. For additional instructions, see the below video. (10–15 minutes)

Optional: You can add lines near your eyebrows for a wrinkled effect, or wear creepy contact lenses for the extra shock factor.

As you can see, I changed the face paint slightly to suit my taste. Because I was hosting a drinking party, I didn't pay much attention to decorating my mouth. This part is entirely up to you.


You can wear pretty much any clothes for this, including a clown costume if you really want to go all out. However, I find that simple clothes bring more attention to the hair and makeup. I went with:

  • Plain black jeans
  • Plain white top
  • Red Converse or other brightly coloured shoes
  • Rainbow braces (from the costume shop)

It's really up to you what clothes you choose to wear. Perhaps choose something comfortable that you can walk around easily in.


If your hair is long or thick, you could try the same thing that I did. You will need:

  • A comb
  • Hairspray or mousse
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Get a friend to back-comb your hair with the comb and spray it until it looks wild (or do it yourself if you feel confident enough). The hairspray will wash out with shampoo and conditioning later on.

If your hair is short, you can opt for a wig—black or grey would be perfect to really exaggerate the red of your face paint.

Back comb your hair for a wild look

Back comb your hair for a wild look


There are some extra things you can buy to spice up your costume. These include:

  • Fake blood
  • Fake/temporary tattoos
  • Fake cuts/bruises/burns/wounds

I used fake blood and squeezed a little near my eye (be VERY careful when you do this) to create a 'bleeding eye' effect. Also, squeeze a little on your clothes to make yourself look wounded (to my surprise, my white shirt came out clean in the wash after being covered in fake blood. However, don't take my word for it—if you're wearing clothes you care about, check both the label and the bottle of fake blood to see if it might wash out).

I also bought some packets of fake cuts and wounds and added them to my neck and arms for the 'bloody battle' effect. They were inexpensive and looked great.

Get your friends to dress up as skeletons or another creepy character, and your Halloween costume is complete! This killer clown costume is fun for parties, trick-or-treating or even going clubbing.

Extra additions (though DON'T take these to a club) include fake weapons (knives, axes, etc.) to really exaggerate the 'killer' clown effect.

© 2014 Poppy


Thomas Bensen from Wisconsin on September 14, 2014:

Clowns freak people out, Love this idea

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on July 28, 2014:

Thanks for your comment, it made me laugh!

Billy Turnock from Manchester England on July 28, 2014:

A perfect article...although if you look at my profile picture you'll see that I wont be able to pull it off......I know I know.....I don't need the make up. Although my daughter will love this hub.

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