Easy Clown Face Painting Design

Female Clown Paint
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First Things First

Face Painting Designs: Easy Clown

A simple clown face is a relatively easy and fast design to paint if you stick to the basic, key elements. Whether or not you paint the whole face a color – traditionally white for a clown – before you start creating a face is up to you and how much time you have. If you're at a party, it'll help speed up your 'production line' to have an assistant who can do the 'under layer'.

So, where to start? Think of a clown and what do you think of first? A bright, prominent nose. But don’t limit yourself to red; using other colors for the nose will immediately make the faces you’ve painted different.

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Add a Big Smile

Face Painting Designs Easy Clown

And what's the second thing you think of with clowns? A huge, wide smile. Make it much larger than the actual mouth, going above and below the lips and out onto the cheeks.

For variation, change the way the smile ends, for example using a round circle (like here), small curve, or sharp point (or one of each).

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Add Prominent Eyebrows

Face Painting Designs Easy Clown

Paint the eyebrows in a color that will stand out, exaggerating the size (length and width) a bit, to make them more prominent. And don’t limit yourself to following the natural curve of an eyebrow -- make the angle sharper, or the two eyebrows different.

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Paint Some Happy Eyes

Face Painting Designs Easy Clown

Now ‘color in’ the area between the eyebrows you’ve painted and the eyes. For variation, paint down onto the cheek on the sides of the eyes, as shown here.

Once again, varying the shape you paint here will create differences between the faces you’ve painted. Also consider adding another color.


Making large round eyes (especially with a prominent outline) is known in clown circles as the “raccoon look” and is regarded as a scary clown face, especially if it’s done in dark colors. So save that look for Halloween!

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Finishing Touches

Face Painting Designs: Clown

Add a small splash of color, such as a star to a cheek, and you’ve finished.


  • There's no reason for the eyes to be the same color.
  • Ask the child whose face you're about to paint to select the colors for their eyes.