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Since infancy, our brain is programmed to recognize facial patterns – we start with our parents and later on identify faces almost everywhere (even in clouds or trees). When applying facial camouflage, we need to break the T shape pattern that our eyes, nose and mouth create. We need to mix all the lighter and darker areas so the human brain won’t recognize our face as a face any longer.
There are many techniques for applying facial camouflage, but in this post we’ll focus on the 3 major techniques devised by the US military, the Korean military and the UK military.
Note: for all the techniques, we apply the camouflage colors on all visible skin areas, i.e. face, ears and neck. If we plan to wear a hat or a helmet, we don’t need to color the hairline or the back of the neck.
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The US military technique:
Their solution is large dark and light color masses in opposing directions in diagonals across the face
The Korean military technique:
Their solution is a little different – they tend to use dual colors of green and black, and create diagonal stripes in order to break the T pattern of the face.
The UK military technique:
They uses the natural pigment of the skin in their camouflage scheme. They paint the camouflage in quick diagonal lines from the center of the face down to the sides creating a type of upside down V shapes.
To Sum Up:
There are many types of facial camouflage techniques you can use to mask yourself in the outdoors. The base is always the same – destroy the T pattern of the eyes, nose and mouth that our brain is used to recognize. The best way to do it is to move the natural darker areas (under the eyes, and on the sides and under the nose) and the lighter areas (cheek bones, and top of the nose and chin) diagonally, to opposing sides of the face.
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Special thanks to Diana my wonderful wife for her help in making this post