Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 1

How do you use face paints in Horizon Forbidden West? What are all the face paints, and where do you get them? As part of our Horizon Forbidden West guide, we will be going through the game's selection of face paints that Aloy can wear during her journey.

Horizon Forbidden West: What Are Face Paints?

Face paints in Horizon Forbidden West are unlockable cosmetics that can be applied to Aloy's face in order to change her look. They serve no function other than as alternative aesthetics for the protagonist. Throughout the game, you'll meet many characters wearing some sort of face paint. Using those you've unlocked, you can join them and represent your favourite tribe.

Horizon Forbidden West: How Do You Use Face Paints?

You will start unlocking face paints in Horizon Forbidden West fairly early on, but it is not made immediately clear how to wear them. This is because you won't find out how to do so until later on in the game.

To use face paints, you will need to find a Painter merchant in a settlement. Speak to a Painter and they will apply your choice of face paint for 10 Metal Shards. If you want to remove face paint, you can also do this at a Painter for 1 Metal Shard.

It's worth noting that you can also apply face paints while using Photo Mode, but they won't stay on Aloy once you resume play. If you want to have Aloy wear face paint during gameplay, you will need to visit a Painter, as outlined above.

Where to Find Painters

Painters are the merchants you need to speak to if you want to wear face paints. Above pictured is the icon you're looking for on the map. You can find a Painter in each of the three major Tenakth settlements. They are:

  • Scalding Spear
  • The Bulwark
  • Thornmarsh

Horizon Forbidden West: How Do You Get More Face Paints?

Face paints are a fairly common reward for completing Quests in Horizon Forbidden West. All the face paints we have unlocked have been rewards for completing various Main and Side Quests, or other activities. Some even unlock when you level up.

Horizon Forbidden West: All Face Paints

Below, we have outlined all the face paints Aloy can wear in Horizon Forbidden West, listed by tribe in the order they appear in the game.

Firstly, here's Aloy's 'No Face Paint' default look:

No Face Paint

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 No Face Paint

Description: A fresh face with no paint.

Nora Tribe Face Paints

The following face paints hail from the Nora tribe.

Nora Warrior

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Nora Warrior

Description: This bold color signifies the status of a skilled Nora hunter.

Nora Scout

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Nora Scout

Description: These stripes are worn by Nora scouts as they patrol the borders of the Sacred Land.

Nora Seeker

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Nora Seeker

Description: The rare mark of Nora hunters that leave the Sacred Land in order to protect it.

Nora Death-Seeker

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Nora Death-Seeker

Description: The mark of a Death-Seeker. Only the tribe's High Matriarchs know the true meaning behind these blue stripes.

Oseram Tribe Face Paints

The following face paints are from the Oseram tribe.

Oseram Artificer

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Oseram Artificer

Description: Oseram Tinkers in the Claim wear this paint as a declaration of their skill. Disagreements over its use often lead to all-out brawls.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, Deep Trouble.

Oseram Striker

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Oseram Striker

Description: Worn by Oseram freebooters, these marks are usually painted just before undertaking a dangerous mission.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, Lofty Ambitions.

Oseram Wayfarer

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Oseram Wayfarer

Description: Before setting out from the Claim, many Oseram celebrate with a farewell feast, wearing this paint to signify a long journey ahead.

How to Unlock: Complete the Errand, Broken Locks.

Oseram Explorer

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Oseram Explorer

Description: From delvers to traders, the Oseram explore the vast wilds in search of opportunity and fortune. These marks celebrate their adventurous spirit.

Banuk Tribe Face Paints

The below face paints originate from the Banuk tribe.

Banuk Aspirant

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Banuk Aspirant

Description: Apprentice Banuk shamans wear this paint as they attempt the Shaman's Path, a long, arduous trail through the Icerasps that serves as the final test in their training.

Banuk Shaman

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Banuk Shaman

Description: Shamans seek to unify themselves with the blue light of the machines, and so their face paint takes inspiration from triangular Cauldron doors.

Banuk Survivor

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Banuk Survivor

Description: Survive. Prevail. What else matters?

Utaru Tribe Face Paints

These face paints hail from the Utaru tribe.

Utaru Whisperer

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Utaru Whisperer

Description: When an undertaking requires stealth, Utaru hunters adorn themselves with the delicate patterns of this paint.

How to Unlock: Complete the Main Quest, The Dying Lands.

Utaru Protector

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Utaru Protector

Description: Worn by Utaru defenders, this paint takes inspiration from the shape of Plainsong's dishes.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, The Promontory.

Utaru Birthsinger

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Utaru Birthsinger

Description: The Utaru wear this paint to celebrate a new beginning, often accompanied by the soothing hum of one of the tribe's Birthsingers.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, The Second Verse.

Utaru Harvester

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Utaru Harvester

Description: During the harvest season, the Utaru wear this paint as a symbol of gratitude to the land-gods for a bountiful crop.

How to Unlock: Complete the Errand, The Oldgrowth.

Utaru Thresher

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Utaru Thresher

Description: These markings are often worn by Utaru machine hunters as they attempt the trials at Plainsong's Hunting Grounds.

Utaru Ritesinger

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Utaru Ritesinger

Description: Utaru Ritesingers help celebrate life's joys and offer comfort in times of grief. This paint is worn as a sign of respect for their contributions to the tribe.

Carja Tribe Face Paints

The following face paints belong to the Carja tribe.

Carja Watcher

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Watcher

Description: Watchful Carja hunters often wear this paint as they stalk prey through the jungles of The Jewel.

Carja Champion

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Champion

Description: The title of champion is the highest honor a Sun-King can bestow, given only to the greatest warriors in the Sundom. This paint signifies their special rank.

Carja Noble

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Noble

Description: Carja nobles enjoy flaunting their highborn heritage, and makeup is no exception. This one takes inspiration from brightly colored birds.

Carja Hawk

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Hawk

Description: Often worn by senior members of the Hunters Lodge, this showy makeup is reminiscent of the markings on a hawk's feathers.

Carja Blazon

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Blazon

Description: An accentuating mark favored by Carja nobles and Hunters Lodge elites.

How to Unlock: Complete the Main Quest, The Embassy.

Carja Trader

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Trader

Description: Carja traders often employ Oseram delvers to procure expensive trinkets from Old World ruins to sell in Meridian's marketplace. The wealthiest among them wear this paint as a symbol of their success.

Carja Shadow

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Shadow

Description: This dusky red paint is worn by Shadow Carja loyalists in Sunfall who still openly support Prince Itamen as the rightful Sun-King.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, The Burning Blooms.

Carja Scholar

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Carja Scholar

Description: Often hailing from low-ranking nobility, Carja scholars pride themselves on their pursuit of knowledge, wearing this paint to distinguish themselves from more frivolous nobles.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, The Twilight Path.

Tenakth Tribe Face Paints

The below face paints come from the Tenakth tribe.

Tenakth Reaver

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Conqueror

Description: First worn by Nekivva, a Lowland commander who turned pain into unrelenting battle rage, this paint has been adopted by soldiers who follow her example.

How to Unlock: Complete the Main Quest, The Wings of the Ten.

Tenakth Recon

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Recon

Description: Taking inspiration from the Visions of the Memorial Grove, this paint is often worn by Lowland Tenakth scouts as they quietly survey the vast jungle of the Raintrace.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, Blood for Blood.

Tenakth Vindicator

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Vindicator

Description: A distinctive Desert Tenakth paint influenced by the Visions at the Memorial Grove. It is often worn by young soldiers who have proven their mettle in battle.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, A Tribe Apart.

Tenakth Vanquisher

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Vanquisher

Description: This Desert Clan paint takes inspiration from the harsh landscape of The Shining Wastes. Those who wear it are skilled survivors and deadly fighters.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, Thirst for the Hunt.

Tenakth Skirmisher

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Skirmisher

Description: Where others fear a desert storm, Desert Tenakth soldiers have learned to use it to their advantage. These fiery markings honor their unique strategy.

How to Unlock: Complete the Errand, Burden of Command.

Tenakth Conqueror

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Conqueror

Description: Whether against machines, the Carja, or the other Tenakth clans, many Sky Clan Tenakth have donned this paint to celebrate a decisive victory.

How to Unlock: Complete the Main Quest, The Broken Sky.

Tenakth Tactician

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Tactician

Description: Worn by Sky Clan strategists, these defining stripes designate a warrior with a keen mind for battle.

How to Unlock: Complete the Side Quest, A Soldier's March.

Tenakth Marauder

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Marauder

Description: Reminiscent of sunrise on a snowy mountaintop, this bold marking is often worn by Sky Clan hunters as they track prey across the breadth of Bonewhite Tear.

How to Unlock: Complete the Errand, Call and Response.

Tenakth Sky Climber

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Tenakth Sky Climber

Description: These colorful markings honor a Sky Clan soldier who took to the skies like the Ten and battled a Stormbird in mid-air.

How to Unlock: Complete the Errand, A Hunt to Remember.

Special Face Paints

The following face paints are unique designs that don't necessarily come from a particular tribe.

Mark of War

Horizon Forbidden West How to Use Face Paints Guide PS5 PS4 Mark of War

Description: The markings of a mythical warrior from a forgotten time. Its ashen-white and red are raw reminders that although the past is inescapable, it is not insurmountable.

How to Unlock: Collect all the War Totems. For more information, see our guide: Horizon Forbidden West: All War Totems Locations.


That's our guide on all face paints in Horizon Forbidden West. Have you been using face paint to change Aloy's look? Tell us your favourite in the comments section below, and read our Horizon Forbidden West guide for loads more info on the game.