Halloween Clown Makeup: SFX Tutorial Series, Part 5

This Halloween season, we’re teaming up with talented makeup artists to bring you a series of exclusive SFX makeup tutorials every week through Halloween. In our fifth release of the series, PRO artist Kelly Tull re-creates a Creepy Glam Halloween Clown featuring a collection of products from Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Follow along as Kelly walks you through each step of creating this look!

Shop The Look

30-Well Paradise Palette

RCMA Makeup
No Color Powder

La Femme
Lip Stains

These are the products she used:

Total Cost: $196.75

Get the look for less! Use individual refill shades versus the full size palettes and choose a lip color you already have on hand:

Total Cost: $26+

Step 1: Set foundation in place.

Kelly uses the RCMA No Color Powder to lock her foundation in place. This sets a flawless, full-coverage base for the rest of your makeup application.

Step 2: Create exaggerated brows and detailing around the eyes.

Using a fine detail brush, dip into a black gel liner or aqua-paint to fill in your eyebrows. For the inward portion of your brows (facing the nose) extend lines outward and up towards the forehead. Using the same black makeup, create clown-like detailing above the brows and around the eye area. Follow the video above to watch how Kelly accomplishes this, or follow your own style!

While you're waiting for this to dry, continue with steps 3 thru 5.

Step 3: Line and fill-in your lips.

Choose a dark purple or mauve color to line the full perimeter of your lips. When lining the lips, extend the corners of your mouth slightly outward for a wider, more exaggerated effect.

Find a similar liquid lipstick color in a matte finish to fill in your lips.

Step 4: Create bright pink cheeks.

Choose a rosy or light pink powder blush color and apply in a circular motion to the apples of your cheeks. You'll be left with round, cartoonish, clown-like cheeks. Go back over the blush with a bright pink aqua-paint to really make your cheeks pop.

Step 5: Create a cartoon mouth.

Dip into a brown face paint to draw a large, cartoonish outline of a mouth around your lips. Start just between the bottom of your nose and upper lip, drawing the line out towards the bottom of your cheeks and down towards your chin. Follow the video above to watch how Kelly completes this step.

Once you have your outline, fill-in the lines with a white face paint. Do not paint over your lipstick from the previous step.

Step 6: Complete your eye design.

Now that your eyes have had time to dry, fill in the shapes you create earlier with the same black gel liner and finish off the look by gluing sequins or gems in certain parts of the eye design for a dramatic, glam effect.

Step 7: Paint a colorful neck ruffle. 

The iconic clown ruffle is a must to complete this look! But no worries, you don't need to go buy one; just paint one!

Choosing bright, vibrant cake makeup colors, created thing blocks of color from the top of the neck to the top of your chest, finishing them off in a pointed fashion. Alternate colors as you go until the full neck is filled in.

Add white circles to the end of each pointed color line, and then outline everything in black (the circles and the individual color strips).

Step 8: Add some serious glow!

Apply a shimmering body illuminator, like Danessa Myricks Illuminating Veil, to the shoulders and chest (just below your painted neck ruffle). Also, add it to the forehead and T-zone. This adds an extra element of glam!

Visit our YouTube channel for more step-by-step SFX tutorials. A special thank you to artist Kelly Tull (@kellytull_) for bringing this Creepy-Glam Halloween Clown to life.

Check out CRC's other SFX Tutorials:

Comic Book Pop Art by Kelly Tull

CATS with a Twist by Andie Piazza

The Nun by Janet Cake

Glam-Gore Witch by Rachel Quattlebaum

We’re accepting your videos as part of our SFX tutorial series! Send submissions to marketing@crcmakeup.com for consideration.

Need something specific to create your SFX Halloween looks? Shop Camera Ready’s extensive collection of top special effects brands here

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact our Customer Experience Team for a comparable alternative, or to see if we can order the exact product you need.

Mallory Hatten
Beauty Editor / Camera Ready Cosmetics


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