How to Paint Your Face Like Army Men

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How to Paint Your Face Like Army Men
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War paint is a well-documented tradition in many tribes. Native Americans used paint as a ritual preparation before battle and to intimidate their enemies. Face paint in the Army before a fight has the same psychological benefits, but it is also used to camouflage rather than attract attention and scare enemies. You'll be amazed at how much you'll stand out in your well-done army face paint, though. The key it is to create an individualistic look, which means be as neat or messy as you want when painting your face.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Black face paint
  • Brown face paint
  • Green face paint
  • Make-up sponges (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wash your face thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil or make-up.

  2. 2

    Apply a ring of black paint around your eyes. Use a make-up sponge for a cleaner look, or smear the paint on with your index finger, being careful not to get any in your eye.

  3. 3

    Cover at least half of each cheek, as well as your forehead and chin, with black paint. Use either a make-up sponge or your fingers. Stroke the edges of the paint with quick motions to smear it for a messier look.

  4. 4

    Paint smaller patches of brown on the unpainted portion of your cheeks and forehead. Experiment with smearing colours together for a more dishevelled appearance.

  5. 5

    Cover all or most of the remaining patches of skin on the cheeks, nose and chin with dark green paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Use water-based face paints, as they are nontoxic and less likely to run or smear.
  • Be careful not to scratch your face while applying the paint.

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