How to Apply Camouflage Face Paint?

Camouflage face paint might be worn with costumes, or when hunting or playing paintball, or in serious combat situations. Regardless why you are applying camouflage makeup, you will want to make sure your face is completely covered. It is easier to detect natural skin tones in the outdoors because light reflects off of uncovered skin. Your specific makeup colors will be determined by the location in which you will be spending time, but common camouflage colors include dark and light green, black, gray, brown, and tan.

Costume makeup works best for camouflage because it is thick and available in a variety of colors. Most makeup comes in sticks, tubes, and jars. You will need at least one jar or tube to use as your base coat.  You might be able to blend water with a makeup pencil to make it spread across a larger area of skin. You can also break off a part of the stick and smooth it on your fingers, making for easier coverage. Typically, the base coat is the lightest of the colors you will use.

Camouflage Base Coat

Apply the base coat on your entire face, remembering to cover your ears, neck, and any other exposed areas. Spread the color up to the hairline and over your eyelids. Your goal is to prevent any exposed skin from showing. This cuts down on the glare and gives you a good starting point for creating a contoured look that will blend into your surroundings.

Once the base coat is covering your entire face, you can add the other colors. Blend the darker colors into the areas around your features. This helps to dull the shape of your face. You will want to apply the darker makeup in lines around your face. Be careful not to highlight your features. The goal is to blend the natural contours of your features away, so they are unnoticeable.

Disguise Your Eyes

Make sure you spend some time focusing on your eyes. It is important to disguise them as best as possible because they tend to stick out more than your other features. Use the darker shades of green, brown, and black to cover the lids. Work the colors downward to shadow the eyes as much as possible.

The rest of your face should be a combination of dark marks in horizontal and vertical patterns. The goal is to confuse anyone looking in your direction. You want to blend in with your natural surroundings, so draw lines that are opposite what naturally occur on your face. For instance, draw horizontal lines out from your nose and vertical lines on your cheeks and on either side of your mouth. Blend the lines into the base coast to make them less noticeable, but be careful not to create a muddy blotch of dark brown from blending too much.

Before finishing, do a final check in the mirror. If possible, use a second mirror to check behind your ears and on the back of your neck. This allows you to confirm all areas of exposed skin are covered.


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