By Emily Sulkowicz, USA TODAY If you’re the type of person who might think your kids are just trying to impress the parents of their friends, you might not want to hear about clown makeup.
The term “fake clown” was first coined in 2006, but the term has taken on new meaning in recent years as social media and other digital outlets have become more active.
Since then, the popularity of the term and the proliferation of online forums for “dance-offs” of the look have made it easier for children to spot the fake version.
“It’s very common for children who don’t look like their parents to see the makeup in videos, or see their own friends in clown makeup, which can be a really upsetting and confusing thing,” said Dr. John W. Wieser, the director of the Center for Child Study and Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“It’s an easy thing to do and it’s really not that difficult to recognize a fake clown makeup.”
The term clown makeup comes from the French word for clown, which translates to “faker.”
But it has become more widely used in recent decades, especially among girls who might not otherwise be familiar with the term.
There are two types of fake clown masks: One is a plastic version of a mask made by mask makers, and the other is made with real clown makeup that’s made of actual ingredients.
A plastic mask is generally easier to identify because it’s usually made from plastic, and it doesn’t have any real clown-related ingredients.
A plastic mask can be mistaken for real clown mask because the plastic parts of the mask look like they were made with plastic, but it has no clown-themed markings or logos, Wiesers said.
A fake mask is made of real makeup, but does not have the plastic elements, and is made to look like real clown masks.
Another way to tell a fake mask from a real mask is if it has the word “fake” written on it.
If the word is written on the face of the fake mask, it’s a fake.
But it’s not the only type of fake makeup that can look fake.
Some makeup companies also sell fake masks made from real ingredients.
If you buy fake makeup, Wrieser said, it might be tempting to buy the fake parts, too.
If you’ve noticed a fake makeup product, you can also tell if its made by a company called Nylon Beauty.
It sells makeup that looks just like a real product, but has a plastic-like look to it.
For kids who are allergic to certain ingredients, there are also products made from animal parts.
To be sure, it may not be the most attractive look in the world, but a little mask-wearing might not hurt the kids’ social skills, Wierser said.
And parents can use the fake clown mask to tell their kids that they’re friends.
“You have to do the best you can to not make fun of their parents,” he said.
“If they look like clowns, they’re probably not friends of their own.
If they’re going to do something like take a selfie, you should make sure you’re not making fun of your own family, too.”
To get a clearer picture of how people perceive the fake or real clowns and other makeup, it helps to know the type, color and shape of fake and real makeup that people use.
Wriesers says that a common question is whether makeup should be used by people of certain skin tones, ages or other characteristics.
“People tend to think of it as a very, very specific type of makeup,” Wiesering said.
“It could be very, really, very pigmented or very, thin or very very thick.
You really need to make sure that you’re using the makeup that you are comfortable with.”
Wieser recommends that parents talk to their kids about the makeup they use.
He also recommends that kids who think they’re not using makeup properly wear makeup that matches the rest of their face.
In general, Wineser said he doesn’t think parents should be too concerned about how their kids look when they’re wearing fake makeup.
He says kids might just want to be able take a peek and be reassured they’re using good makeup.
“Parents need to just let their kids be themselves and have fun,” Wriesing said.
The next step for Wieserman and Wiesler will be to develop a tool that will help parents find makeup that is just right for their children.