People Are Transforming Themselves into the Terrifying “It Clown” for Halloween 2017

Every year at Halloween, there is some facet of pop culture that is seemingly everywhere and at every party. Last year, the focus was on the candidates in the U.S. election. This year, the trend is still spooky, albeit more classically scary: Pennywise the clown from the It remake. The mysterious evil being is sure to make you quiver with fear, and that’s even before you see what some creative folks have envisioned.

Talented body painting artists are inspired by the dramatic, gruesome appearance of Stephen King’s character and have transformed themselves into faithful recreations of it. Depending on their skill and artistic vision, the complexity of their makeup application varies. Some have opted to paint their face white and add simple curved red lines that emanate from their mouths. Others imagine their Pennywise costume complete with splatters of blood, jagged yellowed teeth, and specially-colored contact lenses. Either way, the effect is impressively scary.

With Halloween nearly a month away, there is plenty of time to watch the movie and work on your own Pennywise clown makeup. But first, get inspired with the impressively terrifying looks below.

Halloween is fast approaching, and one of the scariest movies of the year is inspiring thrilling—and terrifying—transformations.

Pennywise the Clown Scary Halloween Makeup

Photo: @mykie_

For 2017, clown makeup (á la Pennywise from It) is a popular choice for those who love body painting.

Pennywise Clown Makeup

Photo: @klmsfx

If you're thinking of scary Halloween makeup, look to these impressive costumes as inspiration!

Pennywise Clown Makeup

Photo: @_niu__

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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