Camouflaging Exposed Skin

In this article we are going to cover camouflaging your exposed skin. There are many reasons you would want to hide yourself from prying eyes especially after TSHTF.

While there are many camouflage face paints on the market for this article we used a military issue camo stick with Loam and Light Green.

The human face is one of the most recognizable things we see each day.

The human face is one of the most recognizable things we see each day.

There is a two-fold reason you are camouflaging your exposed skin. First is to  break up the outline of your face. The human face is easy to spot, especially in a wooded area, because we see them everyday. Our eyes know that outline and how to spot it under almost every circumstance.

In this picture, taken from 30 feet away, you can clearly see how easy it is to spot the person hiding in the brush.

In this picture, taken from 30 feet away, you can clearly see how easy it is to spot the person hiding in the brush.

Second is to eliminate the “shine” of your face. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year your skin secretes oils that make your face shine. by applying camouflage to your face you are mitigating the things that will get you seen.

Loam applied to the "High" areas of the face.

Loam applied to the “High” areas of the face.

Begin camouflaging your face by applying the Loam (or other dark color) to the “High” areas of the face, the forehead, cheeks, bridge of the nose, and tip of the chin in broad splotches if you are in a forested area.

Light Green Applied to "Shadow" area of the face.

Light Green Applied to “Shadow” area of the face.

Once you have the dark color(s) applied to the “High” areas lay in the Light Green (or other light color) on the “Shadow” areas, around the eyes, the area under the mouth, the area under the nose, and any other area you didn’t put the Loam color.

Once you have both colors applied blend the edges with your fingers. You are trying to “blur” the line between the two colors not turn the camouflage into a muddy mess of one color.

If you or your buddy are bald you will have to either camouflage their (or your) entire head or make sure that it is covered by a hat, cravat, or other camouflage cloth.

You want to camouflage the neck with alternating stripes of Loam and Light Green. Apply camouflage to the ears as well using Loam in the “High” areas of the ear and Light Green on the “Shadow” areas of the ear (inside).

Properly applied camouflage.

Properly applied camouflage.

The picture above shows the completed camouflage applied to the face. Since he is bald he tied a cravat over his head to cover the skin. Once the cravat was in place we looked for any areas that were missed and touched those areas up with the appropriate color.

This picture was taken at the same 30 foot distance with him in the same spot as the picture without his face camouflaged.

This picture was taken at the same 30 foot distance with him in the same spot as the picture without his face camouflaged.

Compared to the picture at the beginning of the article you can easily see the difference. He is in the same spot and the same pose as before yet is clearly harder to see.

If he were trying to hide from you and not be seen you would be hard pressed to find him until you were right on top of him.

If TSHTF not being seen is going to be one of your greatest allies.

I look forward to seeing your comments and as always, Train to Survive!

Tom

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