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How To Create A Hobo Tramp Clown Look

Jenna Maxwell May 14th 2018

Creating a Hobo the Clown Costume Look

The beloved and well known Tramp or Hobo clown look is an American invention that has been revamped over the years by many. Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp", Red Skelton's "Freddy the Freeloader" or Emmett Kelly's "Weary Willie" are all some of the more infamous Hobo or Tramp clowns that audiences have fallen in love with over the years. The Tramp character typically embodies a "down on his luck" persona and he has a bit of a "woe is me" mentality to go along with it. Things often don't go so well for this particular clown character and this is likely why most often you see the Tramp clown with a frown or sadder looking face.

Hobo Clowns are similar to the Tramp in costume and makeup but historically the Hobo has a much better attitude toward life. He has a lighter mentality with a "come what may" strategy toward living, as somehow he knows that things are going to work out in the end.

Our Tramp or Hobo makeup look is fairly simple to accomplish with a few basic makeup supplies that are readily available at Halloween Express. This classic Clown look goes with a wide variety of Clown or Hobo style costumes. Have fun with it and use your imagination!

Follow These Steps to Create this Look

Step One:  Using the Clown Makeup palette (#DD27), apply clown white to the eyelids using a sponge tip applicator. With the same applicator and clown white, apply a clown mouth shape around the lips. Curve the mouth upward like a wide "U" shape if you want a happy looking clown, turn the shape upside-down for a sadder looking clown. Apply Colorset Powder (#DD321) to the white areas with a fluffy brush to prevent smudging.

Step Two:  Using the Auguste color found in the Clown Makeup palette (#DD27) and a damp sponge, apply this darker flesh tone to the rest of the face, carefully avoiding the white areas already applied to the face. Dust on more Colorset powder (#DD321) to set the makeup.

Step Three:  Using the black color found in the Clown Makeup palette (#DD27), carefully draw in eyebrows.

Step Four:  Using Mehron's Detailz Liner Pen in Black, line lightly under the eyes to give them a little definition.

Step Five:  Using the black color found in the Clown Makeup palette (#DD27) and a stipple style brush, lightly pat on the black to create the look of stubble or whiskers. Start at the jawline and work your way up the face in the areas where facial hair would normally grow. Don't forget to add stubble under the chin area! Set the makeup with another dusting of Colorset Powder. (#DD321)

Step Six:  Using the red color found in the Clown Makeup palette (#DD27), paint on a clown nose in a red circle shape on the tip of the nose.

Now it's time to put on your favorite Clown costume! For this Hobo look, we have used the Clown Costume (#PM731096) with Red Clown Shoes (#51002) and a Black Derby Hat (#GA102). The wig used in our look is the Bob Wig (#FW9239). You are now ready for some serious clowning around in a Clown look that is absolutely ready for the big top circus--or your next Halloween party!