This is for those of you who want to make your face blend in with your environment as well as just your camouflage clothes.
Although not very common, applying natural foliage directly on your
face is a possibility of high potential. This works best with the use of
- Get some face paint. It can be any face paint as long as it has colors that match that of your environment. You can use wet ashes for black.
- Pick the colors you'll need to blend in to where you
will be hiding. In forests use green, black, and brown, in deserts use
tan, brown and light green and in snow; use grey, green and white, in an
urban environment use brown, black and grey.
- Cover your face in a "primer" of paint so that if your
face rubs on something you will still have the main color. For the
primer use the color that best fits the environment.
- Now add dark colors to the shiny areas of the face: forehead, cheeks and nose.
- Add light colors to the dark areas of the face: under the eyes, under your nose and under your chin.
- Once this is done paint a disruptive pattern on your face such as somewhat vertical or horizontal lines.
- Collect grass and leaves. Twigs will irritate your skin and get in the way.
- Use a green elastic cord, twirl it around your head and neck. Secure the cord to the ghillie-boonie. Don't apply it too tight
- Apply foliage to the elastic.
- Make sure to cover the elastic with the foliage from the other levels.
- Remove foliage that impairs eyesight, your hearing, and communication.
- If you use grease facepaint, you can add leaves and forestfloor dirt directly on the skin, although it will come off after a while.
- Get a face veil in the appropriate colors.
- Make sure there's substantial contrast and disruption.
- Make sure the veil has small enough masking.
- You can spray paint the veil if it does not have enough contrasts.
- Make a double layer veil with a single layer by your
eyes. This will give greater depth and its harder to recognize any human
features under a double layer.
- Have a partner or a mirror to help you out.
- Camouflage your lips, they're pink!
- If you plan on going in the water (amphibious operations) get grease face paint so that it won't come off.
- Practice in front of a mirror a few times before you do it for real so that you know what you're doing.
- Camouflage paint sticks can get very hard. You can soften them with insect repellent and keep bugs off at the same time.
- Apply dots in deciduous environments.
- Apply vertical lines in pine environments.
- Avoid creating a pattern. Remember, the point is not to look
"cool" but to hide your face. Warpaint is for attention, camouflage is
- Make sure to check product list for possible allergies. Latex is a common allergy.
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