The Circus is in Town

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After watching the Season 4 American Horror Story FREASHOW Premiere this week, I understand why people are scared of clowns. He's horrible! Even though I probably should have been more repulsed by what was on the screen, I found myself super intrigued by the clown's makeup itself. I have always loved a good circus theme. From Britney's Circus album, to various fashion collections and photo spreads, to Aveda's Antoinette Beenders' personal recent personal collection, Clown Couture; Circus inspiration is everywhere. 

All images via Pinterest for inspiration purposes only. 

All images via Pinterest for inspiration purposes only. 

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As most makeup artists will probably say, I love Halloween. I love taking makeup further than the everyday and wearable, entering into the fantasy of a costume makeup look. Clown makeup can be so many things: dark and evil, faded and sad, bright and happy. You really have an opportunity to do whatever you heart desires. With NO RULES. The clown's face helps to enhance the mood of whatever the clown is trying to portray. I'm personally more drawn to slightly messy, washed away, darker looking clown makeup. As this look progressed, it started to look a little like a pearlescent watercolor. This makeup look was made primarily with the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette and Aveda inner light complexion products. Let me know if you like the look! 

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Under eye: Freeze, Heroine, Revolver/ Highlight: Bobby Dazzle/ Contour: Revolver, DTF/ Lips: Vanity, Freeze. All eyeshadow colors from Urban Decay Cosmetics' Vice 3 Palette. Black eye triangles and lip definition: MaryKay Gel pot liner in black. Black splatter accents using Aveda mosscara in Black Forest. Extra yellowy tones in photos to enhance by using Gold light reflexting screen.