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American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup

7 Days of American Horror Story Makeups: Day 4 (Freak Show)

There were definitely more than a few options I could have attempted from the AHS Freak Show season.

There were so many interesting characters to choose from but I couldn’t resist attempting a Twisty the Clown makeup. Insane clown makeup is always a blast even when that character has been copied again and again by everyone with a couple brushes and set of face paints. 

Products I used:

  • Snazaroo black, white, red face paint
  • Mehron yellow face paint
  • Black, grey, red, brown eyeshadows
  • Tissue paper
  • Eyelash glue
  • Palladio black liquid eyeliner
  • Fake stage blood
  • Mehron coagulated blood gel

Twisting the Hair

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 1

I have yet to attempt a bald cap and didn’t want to look for a three pronged clown wig so I sectioned my hair into 3 pieces, twisted them into little buns, and bobby pinned them. I was very tempted to paint my buns with red, blue, and green face paint but I thought better of it. I’ve used face paint in my hair before and it washes out fine but it doesn’t give the most even coverage and I just didn’t think it would look very good.

The White Face Paint Base

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 2

I love painting my face but I always dread the white base step. It’s never thick or even enough and it takes me forever to get just right. Luckily, Twisty is a dirty, sorry excuse for a clown, walking around with 5 day old face paint on. A perfect white base wasn’t needed so I did a quick, thin coat with Snazaroo white face paint and because I didn’t try to gloop it on all thick and opaque, it came out perfectly even.

Creeping Out The Eyes

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 3

I used my grey eyeshadow to darken my eyelids and under my eyes. I blended it out down into my cheeks to get a really worn out and sinister vibe happening. I used Snazaroo red face paint to draw the lines vertically across my eyes and over my eyelids. I felt like I was halfway to a Kratos makeup after the first eye.

Sketching the Mouth

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 4

I’m teaching myself how to facepaint and do SFX makeup and there are certain things I’m constantly struggling with. Teeth and mouths are right up there, possibly at the very top even, on that list. I sketched out the teeth, mouth, and mask as best I could with grey eyeliner. I really need a guide to follow or I run out of space and things end up in all the wrong places.

Painting the Mouth

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 5

Starting at the mouth mask, I shaded the top outer edges to make it look like a separate piece from my face. I filled in the black areas of the open mouth and went over the white parts of the mask to make it brighter than the white on my face.

I filled the teeth in with more white paint, mottled with a little bit of yellow paint as well. I shaded the top parts of the teeth with some brown eyeshadow and I filled the gums in with red face paint. I outlined all the teeth with black liquid eyeliner to try to make each tooth stand out a little more. When I was done, I felt like the whole thing was just a muddy mess of blacks and greys. To brighten it all up a little, I brushed some Mehron coagulated blood gel into the gums to give them a nice, glossy red shine.

Creating the Fake Scalp

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 6

So, Twisty appears to be wearing someone else’s scalp on his head, or at least that’s that I think he’s got going on. I put a line of eyelash glue where I wanted the scalp to end and then stuck a thin strip of bunched up tissue paper over it. I dabbed the tissue with some liquid foundation and then went over the whole thing with white face paint.

I added a bit of black face paint just under the line of tissue paper to add some depth, as if the scalp was hanging over my own face. I shaded some grey eyeshadow in there as well to deepen that shadow.

Bloodying up the Scalp

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 7

Using some regular fake blood, I stippled some red over the upper side of the tissue paper skin. Dripping it straight out of the bottle, I poured a couple small trails of that same blood out of the bottom of the scalp.

The bright red blood never really does it for me so I globbed a little of the Mehron coagulated blood gel around the drips, under the lip of the scalp, and on the edges of the tissue paper skin. The coagulated blood gel is one of my favourite products to use because it’s so dark and thick and rich. It’s easy for me to over use this stuff because I really just want to dip myself in the whole jar. Vampire moment over, let’s move on.

Painting a Ruffled Collar

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Step 8

I sketched out a really basic collar and ruffles with my grey eyeshadow. I just kind of made some random wavy lines and then added a border to the either end. I shaded some brown, white, and yellow into the ruffles and then went over all of my lines with black liquid eyeliner. I used red eyeshadow to fill in the borders at the neck and ends of the ruffles.

The Final Results

American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Final Results
American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Final Results
American Horror Story Freak Show Twisty the Clown Makeup Final Results

What I Learned

My most obvious thing I need to work on is teeth and lips and painting little details in general. I think sketching what I want to do with paper and a pencil might help me get better seeing these details so I plan to try that and hopefully improve my mouth painting skills.

For the scalp, I wished I used scar wax almost immediately after I was done. Little pieces of the tissue stuck out, looking dry and flaky and decidedly not flesh like. I also got some of the eyelash glue in the little hairs around the sides of my face and swore off SFX makeup for the whole 23 minutes it took me to slowly work it out of my hair.

I totally rushed the ruffled collar. I didn’t think I would be able to make a ruffled collar look all that great so I thought I would just do something really quick and basic. As I started to get into it I realized I could have made the ruffled sections much wider and the overall piece a little longer and then the whole thing might have actually looked pretty cool. With a little more patience, I definitely could have made a much better clown ruffle.

I know I had a lot of self criticism about how I did on this makeup but I actually really loved having it on. I felt super creepy and it was really hard to bring myself to wash it off. I stand by what I said before, creepy clown makeups are always a barrel of laughs.

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