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Clown Makeup

From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

How to put it on.


You can buy ready-made clown makeup in theatrical stores. However, if you want to make your own "clown white," thin zinc oxide with glycerine and olive oil until you have a sticky white paste you can spread on your face. (You can get zinc oxide and glycerine at the drugstore.) You can also make makeup from cold cream and powdered tempera paint. Don't use food coloring. It's too hard to wash off. Don't get makeup in your mouth, nose, ears, or eyes. Later, remove makeup with cold cream or soap and water.


1. Tie your hair back and smear on "clown white."

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2. Make a big mouth with red clown makeup or lipstick.

clown illustration

3. Draw a big red nose, or cut a hole in a red rubber ball and put that on your nose.

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4. With black clown makeup or eye shadow, paint thick eyebrows and other clown markings on your face.

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5. Put on a wig, or have someone tie up your hair in funny ways. Add a hat and you're a clown!

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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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