Clowns are recognized for their characteristic white makeup. However, clown makeup can be costly due to the amount needed to cover a person’s face, and sometimes the makeup may be difficult to find during off-Halloween seasons. Fortunately, clown makeup can be created using regular kitchen items. Some parents prefer this method to avoid chemical-infused makeup.

Things You'll Need

Mix 10 teaspoon cornstarch and 2 teaspoons flour on a small plate or in a container. Use a fork to mash these ingredients together, as you will only be dealing with a small amount of paint. However, make sure the mixing is thorough.

Add 5 teaspoons vegetable shortening to your mixture. This will yield a thicker texture, so use a wooden spoon to help you mix the ingredients better.

Add 1/4 teaspoon vegetable glycerin to your composite. This will create a white base for your clown makeup. Adding an additional two drops of glycerin can create a creamier texture, if desired.

Use a sponge or paint brush to apply the clown makeup. Paint brushes help with smaller or detailed face coloring. Sponges are useful for applying makeup on larger areas of the face.


  • Mix in a few drops of food coloring to create a makeup mixture in the color of your choice. You may choose to divide your current mixture into a few sections to create multiple colorings, or you can create several individual batches.