Sad clown full face
Sad clown full face

For a circus-themed party I decided to go as a clown. I didn’t plan on being a sad clown but in truth, I couldn’t figure out how to do happy-clown make-up so I ended up being a sad clown. I originally wanted to be a monochrome clown but I ended up wearing grey eyeshadow rather than black. I decided to save the black with the red sparkles for another day.

I needed the look to be dramatic and absolutely, completely, positively smudge-proof as I didn’t want to look like a bad horror movie clown!

My essential preparation ingredients were:

  • MaxFactor Facefinity Primer;
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray on my lids and under my eyes, and
  • Dr PawPaw lip balm to prepare my lips

For a flawless base, because clowns don’t have uneven or oily skin, I used;

  • No7 Beautifully Matte foundation in Deeply Honey mixed with No7 Stay Perfect in Mocha to get my summer skin shade;
  • Benefit Boi-ing concealer in shade 4, and
  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Honey for a light, matte finish to set my foundation and concealer.

I also used Stay Don’t Stray and Boi-ing on my eyebrows in an attempt to make them less prominent so I could draw on new brows.

Sad clown base kit
Sad clown base kit


For my eyes:

I drew and filled in rectangles from my brows down to my upper lashes using Maybelline Color Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadow in 55 Immortal Charcoal to create a long-lasting base. I then covered this with a dark grey shadow with silver sparkle by No7. I was using a limited edition Mini Eye palette but the shade is available in the Good Earth Trio. I smudged the same Color Tatoo and eyeshadow under the lower lash line.

I then outlined the top and sides of the grey rectangle with my Dolce & Gabbana white eyeliner pencil and set this with a silver-white shimmer eyeshadow from the same palette which can be found in the No7 Night Shadow Quad.

I drew on some rather exaggerated brows using the Timeless Black Color Tattoo then set this with a black No7 eyeshadow which had red sparkles from the same limited edition palette. The shade can be found in the No7 Moonlight Duo.

To finish the eyes I applied one coat of No7 Intense Volume waterproof mascara to my bottom lashes and Eylure Double Lashes in 204 to my top lashes.

I didn’t wear any eyeliner as it was hayfever season!

Sad clown eyes
Sad clown eyes


Next I did my lips:

I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I made a neutral base using Stay Don’t Stray and Boi-ing. I then used MAC Ruby Woo lipstick straight from the tube on my top lip only. It looked a bit boring so I extended the colour beyond my natural lip line and across my cupids bow, giving a downturned-lip effect. To complete my lips I applied Makeup Revolution lipstick in Nude to the bottom lip. That way, when I pulled a sad face, the eye was drawn to the top lip which just gave the effect of a sad, narrow set of lips.

Sad clown mouth
Sad clown mouth


No clown is complete without a pair of bright cheeks so I used my Sleek blush in Flushed on the apples of my cheeks and I did not blend!

I set the whole look using my Kiko Make-up Milano setting spray.

My make-up did not budge all night (except the lipstick which I retouched in the centre of my lips after eating) so it was well worth the effort. I’m no make-up artist and I certainly don’t do things like this very often but I was quite pleased with my efforts!

Sad clown colour kit
Sad clown colour kit

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