If you’re looking for a great idea for a Halloween costume this year, use your artistic ability and some face paint to create a ghoulish and gruesome character like Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) from ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show.’
With his huge face-splitting grin, over-sized teeth, crazy eyes and scars, this may be one of the scariest clowns since Stephen King’s Pennywise in his 1986 horror story, ‘It.’
You don’t need a lot of paints to create Twisty, but you absolutely should only use paints recommended for use on skin.
No, you really can’t use your acrylic paints, but face paints aren’t too costly and they are great fun for adults and kids alike.
Snazaroo Face Paint Palette ASIN: B001GRXC0G
Snazaroo has produced face paint for many years and is well known to professionals and hobbyists alike. This line of products is easy to use and water-based, so it’s easy to remove when it’s time to resume your regular role in society.
Snazaroo Face Paints are hypo-allergenic and meet or exceed all FDA requirements. This paint stays in place for the entire event and is a snap to remove with soap and water.
This package of Snazaroo face paints include orange, red, yellow, green, blue, pink, black and white. The paint pots contain 18 milliliters of creamy paint that can be easily applied with any soft paintbrush or sponge.
Never Use Non-Cosmetic Paints On Your Face Or Body
Your skin is your largest organ and it is very efficient in absorbing anything that comes in contact with it. Just think of the last time you applied some hand lotion or sunscreen and how quickly it absorbed into your skin.
While many people aren’t in the least bit sensitive and may not develop an allergic reaction when using a non-cosmetic paint product, many paints have ingredients that are either carcinogenic or may cause other conditions or problems.
Cadmium is used in a number of hues and is a known carcinogen. Lead may be present is some paints and formaldehyde or ammonia in others. These may not be harmful with one application, but continued use of paints containing these products may cause or exacerbate health problems.
Also, when acrylic paint is well applied and dries properly, it’s not easy to remove. Acrylic paint is basically liquid plastic. It seeps into your pores and dries to a tough, water-resistant coating. Unless you’re in need of microdermabrasion, acrylic paint really isn’t something you want to remove from your delicate skin.
Use YouTube For A Twisty The Clown Tutorial
You’ll find loads of images of Twisty the Clown on the internet, but for good, step-by-step instructions of creating your own version of this scary clown, search YouTube for a video tutorial.
This character isn’t particularly difficult to create, and you won’t be stretching your artistic skills to achieve a great result. However, it does take time and patience to complete the face, and you may need to do a couple of trial runs before you come up with a perfect Twisty.
Face painting is great fun for Halloween, as well as for outdoor festivals, events and craft shows. You may enjoy your new paints and “canvas” so much that you take up face painting as your latest hobby. Kids of all ages enjoy the colorful craft, and it can become a fun and lucrative sideline.