Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Become A Hot/Creepy Clown!

Halloween is here – like, Saturday! If you haven’t decided what you’re going to be yet, never fear, because Josie Rodriguez, a San Francisco-based film makeup and hair artist, is here to teach us how to make ourselves creepy/hot via the power of cosmetics. First up, learn how to make yourself into a hot and also very creepy clown – check back Thursday and Friday for more Halloween makeup genius!

What You’ll Need:

  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Clown white face paint
  • Black face paint
  • Red face paint
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Red lipstick
  • 3rd Degree or liquid latex and tissues
  • Fake blood
  • White powder (optional)
  • Sponges
  • Q-Tips
Clown Makeup Step One

Step One: Apply liquid eyeliner and mascara. Then apply clown white paint to your face and neck with a sponge (mine is from Kryolan), starting at the top of forehead and working down to the collarbone – including over your eyebrows. (If you have or can find white powder at your Halloween store to help set the paint, all the better!)

Clown Makeup Step Two

Step Two: Paint a circle around your whole eyelid with black paint, then use black eyeshadow to fill in your under-eye (I used Kryolan again for the paint).

Clown Makeup Step Three

Step Three: Paint a triangle at the top of the eyebrow and another triangle underneath the eye, then use red paint to make dots at the tips of the triangles.

Clown Makeup Step Four

Step Four: To make scars I used 3rd Degree, which is great for molding and sculpting scars and wounds. If you don’t have 3rd Degree, you can use latex and tissue as a substitute – your nearby Halloween store should have bottles of latex or latex kits.

Clown Makeup Step Five

Step Five: Apply fake blood along the scars. I used Fleet Street – it has a great thick consistency.

Clown Makeup Step Six

Step Six: Fill in your lips with red lipstick.

Clown Makeup Step Seven

Step Seven: Paint a collar design on your neck in any color (although red and black look extra-ghoulish!) and paint a red dot on your nose.

Clown Makeup Step Eight

Step Eight: You’re done! Ack, you’re scary – and weirdly hot? Go get ‘em, Harley!

Josie Rodriguez is a San Francisco-based makeup and hair artist. Check out her portfolio at josierodriguezhmu.com.

Images via Sara Brink.