How to Paint Your Face Like Rambo

Updated February 21, 2017

If you love action movies, chances are you know who John Rambo is. The main character of the "Rambo" films, John Rambo, was played by Sylvester Stallone. While costumes helped transform Stallone into this classic action icon, make-up also played a role. If you want to play Rambo for a costume party, knowing how to paint your face to look the part helps.

Rub your index and middle finger into black costume make-up to get a light layer on your fingertips. Rub your fingertips across your face sporadically. Repeat this step with some brown costume make-up.

Spritz your face with water and wipe again with make-up-stained fingertips. You want to get the sweaty look of Rambo covered in dirt as he fights in the jungle.

Dip your index finger in some red fake blood and begin stroking your finger down one side of your face from your temple to just below the ear. Do this three times to get a good bloody layer to emulate Rambo in raw fighting form.

Slather a layer of baby oil onto your arms and across your chest, then put a little bit in a spray bottle and spritz your face twice with baby oil. This will give your face and muscles that glistening appearance that Rambo had.

To complete the costume, wear baggy camouflage trousers and brown or black sleeveless undershirt and tie a red or black sash around your forehead. Grab a toy machine gun and you are set to go to the costume party as John Rambo.

Things You'll Need

  • Black cream-based costume make-up
  • Brown cream-based costume make-up
  • Spray bottle
  • Baby oil
  • Fake blood
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.