Pennywise Makeup - Stephen King's IT Face Painting

Pennywise Makeup : Clownin’ Around with More Face Painting Practice

As my fifth attempt at any face painting and SFX makeup, I wanted to try something really interesting and maybe a little challenging.  I’ve started watching a lot of MadeYewLook tutorials and she’s pretty amazing so I wanted to try one of hers. I adore Stephen King and I love “It”, so I chose her Pennywise tutorial to follow for my next makeup attempt.

Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial
Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial
Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial

As my fifth attempt at any face painting and SFX makeup, I wanted to try something really interesting and maybe a little challenging.  I’ve started watching a lot of MadeYewLook tutorials and she’s pretty amazing so I wanted to try one of hers. I adore Stephen King and I love “It”, so I chose her Pennywise tutorial to follow for my next makeup attempt.

Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial
Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial

Once my eyebrows were hidden, I coated my face in white Snazaroo face paint with a makeup sponge and varying amounts of water.  It took me quite a while to get the my whole face even without a lot of pink fleshy tones trying to peek through. It was a constant battle between too much water and not enough but I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial

I followed MadeYewLook’s eye instructions pretty easily but I was very intimidated by those rows and rows of detailed teeth.  I took awhile alternating between yellow and white paint for the teeth, brown contour powder for the shadow, and black face paint for the outline before I came even close to what resembled a mouthful of monster teeth. 

Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial
Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial

After the teeth were as close to done as they were going to get, I filled in the mouth and struggled a bit (ok, a lot) with the upper lip.  I added some lines around the mouth to give the appearance of a stretched open grin and went back in to mess with my upper lip and teeth some more.

Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial
Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial
Pennywise Facepaint Makeup Tutorial

The teeth needed a few last stroked of white and a bit more outlining in black to really make them stand out from each other.  That poor up lip, I just didn’t know what to do with it. I wanted desperately to fix both of these sections but I was muddying up the whole mouth area so I moved on to the vertical red lines across the eyes and called it a day.

The Results

Pennywise Makeup
Pennywise Makeup
Pennywise Makeup

What I Learned

As soon as I was done I wanted to just start it all over and do a better job with my painting but I was still pretty happy with the overall look.  I’m hoping I learned some lessons in what not to do when painting tiny details so I plan to apply these skills to the next makeup I attempt. I almost didn’t want to try this tutorial because I thought I wouldn’t have a chance with those teeth but I’m glad I did because they really challenged me to pay close attention to what I’m doing and where I’m putting each colour.  

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