Tutorial: Scary Clown Halloween Makeup

I like to go all out for halloween. It you’re not creeping people out, you’re not doing it right.

This year my friends and I managed to wrangle some cheap tickets to the WeWorkNYC Halloween party, which was ‘Midnight Circus’ themed. Considering wework, I knew there was going to be some creative costumes there, so I decided to step up my game from past years. I started looking up tutorials on YouTube and changed my mind about 4 times before committing to a costume. I decided to go as the creepiest clown I could.

I’ve dabbled a bit before in SFX makeup, so I knew a couple of things, but I’m going to break them down here in case you’re not in the same boat.

I started by making my own modelling clay which can be used for fake skin (scars, scabs, deep cuts etc). You can buy it in the form of sfx wax but its normally quite expensive and you don’t get much.

All you need is flour, vaseline and foundation.

You start by mixing the vaseline and flour together until it starts to blend. IMG_2879

Then you can add some foundation for colouring. Depending on where the clay is going you might want to choose a darker or lighter foundation. This is due to the lightening that occurs because of the flour. So if it’s going on your face and your wearing foundation, use a darker colour as it will match better.


IMG_2881Then you keep mixing it and smoothing it together, until you get a paste that is mouldable. 

IMG_2882 IMG_2883 Leave that on the side and get started with the spine. I bought liquid latex from amazon, and got a pint for about $7.

Take some cotton pads, dip them in the liquid latex and fold them into the right sizes for the bones. If they are too heavy they wont stick. I also used some adhesive to make sure it would last.
IMG_2884 IMG_2885 Next, use some adhesive (not necessary, but recommended) to outline where you are going to put the modelling clay that is going to become the edges of your wound. Roll the clay into sausages and press around the edges.


IMG_2893 IMG_2892 You can use vaseline to smooth out the edges so that it blends into your skin. Make sure to not make the edges too thick, otherwise they may crumble and fall off later.

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Once you’ve gone all the way around with the edges of your wound, you can start painting in the background black. In general I don’t like using grease paints for this (these are the ones that usually come in little pallets in costume shops) so I used water-based makeup paints.

IMG_2903 IMG_2906 IMG_2909After this, use foundation and powers to blend everything in. I also used some purple and blue paints for bruising. The only thing left to do is layer on the fake blood. I used blood paste as well as liquid blood, because it stays fresh looking and in place.

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As well as my neck piece, I also decided to add some gore to my hands. I used the same modelling clay for this, as well as sticks from cotton buds.

IMG_2914 IMG_2915 I sponged on some liquid latex and let it dry. I then peeled this off to create a flap of skin.

IMG_2916 I glued down the sticks to look like bones, and filled in the spaces with torn cotton pads, to create a fleshy effect when covered in blood.

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The more blood the better. After this, I just painted a clown design on my face for extra creepiness.

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I have linked the tutorials I followed below.

Happy Halloween!

Throat SFX

Hand SFX

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