Creating an Evil Clown Costume Look

The clown is one of the oldest and most popular of all the costume characters. The depiction of the Evil Clown likely stems from the irrational fear that some have of the clown figure. Many, otherwise very rational folks experience the fear of clowns, known as coulrophobia. Scientists theorize that this irrational fear of clowns likely results from not knowing what really lies behind all that makeup and bright red hair. Although historically, the clown was always considered a happy and rather a jovial entertainer, some authors and horror moviemakers have perverted the clown character and turned this once lovable children's performer and twisted it into something very, very different. These monstrous clowns, known as Killer Clowns, Evil Clowns, Scary Clowns or Creepy Clowns take the whole scary and frightening thing to an entirely new level. Creating an amazing Creepy Clown look for Halloween is easy when you know how.

Here are the items we're using to create this look:

Follow These Steps to Create this Look

Step One:  Begin with a clean and dry face. Make sure the nose holes in the prosthetic are open and clear. For best results, Men should be clean-shaven. To create the clown face, we used a foam and latex prosthetic. (Prosthetic Clown Face #HD600141) Take the prosthetic out of the packaging and hold it up to your face in order to get an idea of how it's going to fit on your face and where you will need to apply the adhesive, etc.

Step Two:  We have applied a base coat of Mask Cover Makeup to the prosthetic piece prior to adhering it to the face. We have used the Mask Color Palette, (#DDP1) which has all the colors you need to complete your clown face. Begin with the white color. You do not need to apply the white to the lips, nose or on the area right around the eyeholes because you will apply other colors to these places later on.

Step Three:  Once you have the prosthetic piece covered in the white makeup, it's time to adhere it to the face. Using Spirit Gum, (#DD17) and the brush applicator apply the product to the face in the areas where the prosthetic piece will adhere. To make the spirit gum tacky, after it is brushed on the face you will need to tap it with your finger until the stickiness noticeably increases. Apply Spirit Gum to the back of the prosthetic piece in the same manner and then press it into place on the face.

Step Four:  Prepare the face, and the chin piece of the prosthetic and apply in the same manner. Once the prosthetic has been applied to the face, make sure all of the edges are tacked down securely. Apply more Spirit Gum as necessary. OPTIONAL: For a more secure application, you can brush on some liquid latex (#CSSL001C) along the edges of the prosthetic piece. If using liquid latex, make sure you let it dry thoroughly before applying more makeup to the piece. A hairdryer set on low can speed up the process if you are in a hurry.

Step Five:  Apply more of the white makeup as desired to create the look you desire. Using the red color in the palette, apply color to the nose. Dot the checks and apply the red to the lips. To black out the eye area, you can use the black mask cover in the palette, or if you are more comfortable applying makeup with a pencil, try the black jumbo pencil for a really easy application. (#DD280) We have drawn some creepy expression lines above our clown's eyes with this same pencil.

Step Six:  You can keep your clown look fairly simple as we have done in this video or add as much detail as you like. Once you are satisfied with your makeup application, it's very important to dust your look with setting powder. (#DD321)

Step Seven:  Now it's time to get dressed up in your favorite Clown Costume. Once you have your Evil Clown makeup on, you can dress in whatever clown costume suits you best. Our Evil Clown is wearing the Men's Evil Clown Costume, which comes with a two-tone printed tunic with ragged sleeves and a coordinating collar. (# UR28600) We have accessorized our frightful harlequin with a pair of black gloves (#BA24) and a useful toy sledgehammer. (#SS85726)

The Evil Clown is a character that could inspire a bad case of coulrophobia in most anyone. One thing is for sure; this fella won't be making balloon animals or juggling bowling pins anytime soon! This Creepy Clown is the stuff of really bad nightmares!