Introduction: FX Camouflage Makeup Using Fauxtex

Dang. There was a featured instructable recently that showed how to use tree bark to camouflage a pair of gloves, but for the life of me I can't find it now. 
Anyway, I ran with the idea and came up with this tutorial on using bark + fauxtex (a homemade substitute for latex) to apply tree bark directly to your skin for a quick, easy, and super realistic camouflage makeup. 
For this makeup you will need:

1 cup water
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 packet of plain gelatin
Yellow, Green and Red food coloring to make a brown tint
1 tsp solid coconut oil (optional)

Tree bark

The above video shows how to apply the fauxtex and bark to your face (with Portuguese annotations).

Have fun!


JoLoveN (author)2014-02-05

I like it! I bet when you use make up for you eyelids it really makes you blend in more. I've gotta try that, but gunna have to use sumthing other than bark. I'm allergic to tree spores & tree pollen. :-( But I bet I could get the stuff in the crafts section & it look pretty real. Do you have any other recipes for the glue? Can't afford latex & trying to find out other methods of making the glue & a latex look.

flyingpuppy (author)JoLoveN2014-02-06

Yes, I should have painted my whole face first. The same food coloring used to tint the homemade latex substitute would have worked beautifully. I didn't use latex, by the way. The recipe above is completely non-toxic and inexpensive to make. And as far as bark allergy, that's why I soaked the bark in bleach water first. I usually have allergies to this stuff too. Give it a go! Try it on your hand first.

JoLoveN (author)flyingpuppy2014-02-06

Ok. Thanks. I'll try that out. Would making a flour paste work as the glue? Or have u ever tried that?

flyingpuppy (author)JoLoveN2014-02-06

Try a cornstarch goo: 1/2 cup water, stir in a teaspoon of cornstarch, take it to the fire and cook until it becomes translucent. It'll work somewhat, but will dry out much quicker than the fauxtex.

andreaki (author)2016-02-20

SO cool! Can't wait to give it a go! Thanks!

andreaki (author)andreaki2016-02-20

you should enter this in the "Before and After" contest currently underway, if you haven't already...although i'm planning on entering too another "modest kitchen makeover"

cbafed (author)2015-09-24

I want to use this for a halloween coustume. How long will it stay on?

Captain MacTavish (author)2014-12-30

I am Groot

eric.labontepaquet.5 (author)2014-09-22

Does this work on fabric?

On fabric you could use regular glue. Are you thinking of turning a hoodie into a tree disguise?

ntaylor15 (author)2014-03-13

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flyingpuppy (author)ntaylor152014-03-14

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I like stars!

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JoLoveN (author)2014-02-09

Oh ok. Thanks!

flyingpuppy (author)2014-02-08

Best compliment ever coming from you! Thanks!

sunshiine (author)2014-02-07

I had to stop by and see this! Awesome.


Dana68 (author)2014-02-06

so cool

Wermo (author)2014-02-05

Did you learn this from cake decorating?

Crotus2k (author)Wermo2014-02-06

Hah! I see what you did there. Just don't eat the berries.

Antzy Carmasaic (author)2014-02-05

did you mean this? great job btw...

That's the one! Thanks for posting it here. Credit is due.

Dowdy1997 (author)2014-02-05

That is awesome! Great work.

jmwells (author)2014-02-05

You must go to some really interesting parties.

flyingpuppy (author)jmwells2014-02-05

Indeed :) Here is another crazy party mask (see Youtube for instructions )

jmwells (author)flyingpuppy2014-02-05

Great work. Most professional!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-02-05

That is crazy!

Thanks--and easy!

AnubisRules (author)2014-02-05


flyingpuppy (author)AnubisRules2014-02-05

It's hide or be killed...

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