Note: If these instructions accompany a makeup wheel only, you may wish to purchase the other listed items in order to do the following makeup application.
Before You Start: Your make-up should be applied in a clean, well lit area. Give yourself plenty of room, and arrange your materials neatly in front of you. If you are doing the make-up on yourself, make sure you have an amply sized, well lit mirror. Wear old clothes-- making up can get messy! Make-up should always be applied to clean skin, so wash your hands and face and you are ready to begin.
Time Needed: This will require 30-45 minutes to complete.
Please Note: If you have any known allergies to any of the listed ingredients of any of the components of this kit, do not use that component. Select a shade or item from your dealer's stock that will give you a similar effect or serve a similar purpose but does not contain the ingredient to which you react. If any of the products contained in this kit cause discomfort, remove as instructed and discontinue use. As you lay out your makeup, be sure you have all the items listed on the front label under "Complete Kit Contains." Use of optional suggested items will be discussed below, as will costuming tips.
About Clowns: The first thing a clown must do before actually applying the clown face is to design the face. A simple white face clown such as the one shown in the figures 1-5 is easily and quickly achieved, and has a stunning effect. Some clowns however, prefer a totally unique look that may tend to be more complex, a larger mouth area, symbols or shapes on the cheeks, fancy eyebrows or even a painted nose if a rubber or foam clown nose is not going to be used. Once you have sketched your desired face along with color indication, noting color blending if included, you are ready to apply the makeup.
Applying the Makeup: Face #1 Auguste Clown - Female
Figure 1: Using a Latex Sponge Wedge or your fingers, wipe across the surface of the Clown White Cream to load the sponge. Apply the Clown White to the areas of the face as shown. Or, outline the area with a brush and then color in. Coat the skin evenly but with as thin a coat as possible to get your desired opacity. If you choose to use your fingers to apply the Clown White Cream, use a patting motion to even out the coloring over the area. Remember, not too thick a coat! Do not be concerned by a little bit of smudging. Simply remove unwanted makeup using a cotton swab and a bit of makeup remover. A moist towelette also works very well.
Professional clowns often use Clown White Face Powder over their white makeup and use Translucent Powder over the bright colors. The Clown White Powder strengthens the brightness of the white face but it might make the bright colors appear dull.
This kit contains Translucent powder because it is suitable for both applications. Load powder onto Powder Puff by sprinkling a small pile of powder onto the middle of the puff, folding the puff and rubbing the puff's sides together until the powder is substantially loaded into the velour of the puff. Using a gentle but rapid patting motion, work the powder deliberately across the face, one section at a time. Reload the puff frequently to avoid excessive "offsetting" of the makeup on the puff. When the face is fully "set" you will be able to touch the makeup without it coming off.
Note: If you are putting makeup on someone else, always approach the eye area gently and with warning. Never just stab away with your sponge, brush, or other implement. Have your subject close her eyes when coloring the upper lid and below the eye, including the lower eyelid.
Figure 2: Next, apply Auguste Light and Red Foundation. As a rule of thumb, apply colors from lightest to darkest. Auguste Light is the base color so it should be applied right up into the hairline, down the neck, and on the ears. Make sure all exposed skin is colored with the Auguste Light. Apply using a brush when you need control; use the white wedge sponge when you apply coloring in larger sections. Powder down.
Next, apply the Red Foundation using the brush for control. Note the little accents for the girl's rosy cheeks. Color the nose and encircle the mouth area (you want to color the nose just in case the clown nose comes off). Paint the lower lip and the little circles at each mouth corner. To avoid getting Red on the upper lip, ask the person to open his or her mouth while you paint their lips. Powder down.
Figure 3: Apply Black Foundation with a brush to the eyebrow areas and the dot on the chin as shown. Remember to be careful around the eye area. Use the Black Liner Pencil to draw the accent marks on the upper and lower eyelids as well as the little smile accents at the edges of the eyes. Apply the powder one final time. As a rule of thumb, use a sharpened black pencil to draw thin, delicate lines. Load your brush with the black foundation to paint in larger areas or areas that need that dense Black coloring, which would be difficult with a pencil.
Figure 4: Add your wig and costuming as well as an optional professional clown nose. You're ready for a real clown gig!
Face #2: August Clown - Male
Follow the instructions for the Auguste Female but use the regular Auguste Foundation shade instead of the Auguste Light as used for the female.
Face # 3: Hobo Clown
Figure 1: Apply the Clown White as described in the Auguste faces but note the smaller areas and the clear downturn frown of our Hobo. Apply powder.
Figure 2: This clown mixed 50/50 Auguste and Auguste Light to achieve the base shade color. This type of mixing can be easily achieved on a flat surface using a mixing spatula or in a small dish using a brush or similar implement. There is no need to apply the Auguste mix shade to the area which will receive the black in the next step. Apply powder.
Figure 3: Paint in the Black with a brush where you need the control and apply with a sponge to the larger areas once they have been delineated. Be sure to run the black down the neck unless your design includes the Auguste mix continuing down below the beard level. Apply a bit of Red to the cheeks for color and contour. Apply powder.
Figure 4: Add your wig, hair and costume as well as a red or hobo/flesh-colored professional Clown Nose and you're ready to look truly pitiful and loveable.
Costume & Accessory Tips: As the finishing touch, spray your hair a wild clown color or adorn a clown wig. You may wish to put on your foam clown nose, or get a real fancy Goshman Clown Nose. Select a suitable clown costume for rent or sale at your local costume retailer. Ask for gloves, hats, shoes, clown props, magic tricks, juggling items... your choices are truly endless. Once fully outfitted, you'll be ready to go out and spread a little sunshine as a real clown! (If you really enjoy it, search out your local Clown Alley and ask about becoming a member.)
Removal: The make-up portion of your face is most easily removed with Graftobian Theatrical Make-Up Remover or Cold Cream Makeup Remover (not included). Once all make-up is carefully removed, gently wash with soap and water.
Disclaimer: Graftobian Theatrical sells all products in good faith for professional use, but can assume no responsibility for the deliberate misuse of cosmetics and/or other products. In other words, please read and follow all instructions carefully to avoid problems or injury!
Other Graftobian Products: Graftobian is a manufacturer of all sorts of make-up. From novelty soap-based Face Painting Make-up called Disguise Stix®, to our Festival® Colored & Glitter Premium Hair Sprays and Gels, to our complete line of Professional Graftobian Theatrical Make-Up and Accessories, Graftobian has it all! Ask your dealer about the other fine Graftobian products they carry in their store.