Hello everyone! Megan Highwind here to bring you my review of the finale of one of my favorite shows, Face Off! For those of you who have never had the pleasure of seeing this awesome show, it is on the Syfy network and is basically about a group of wannabe movie makeup artists trying to impress a panel of judges who are already well established in the industry with their skills. This series judges were Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean and the Hunger Games), Glenn Hetrick (Heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Neville Page (Lead Creature Designer on Avatar and Character Designer on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus). The show is also hosted by McKenzie Westmore whose father, Michael Westmore, is another famed makeup artist. In order to do this, the contestants are given challenges for different types of makeups to create and wow these judges with. Based upon the makeup for the week, one contestant will be let go until there are only three left and from there, the finalists will compete in a showdown to decide which one is the best of the best and win some amazing prices which, for this year, were a trip to Kryolan Professional Make-Up at one of their 85 international locations, a 2013 Fiat 500, and $100,000.
The finalists this season did some of the best work I have ever seen in all of my time watching the show. They were given their biggest challenge of the season, in which they had to make two different and opposite creatures inspired by a specific galaxy, of which they had four to choose from, and also include some sort of light display into the makeup as well. The finalists, Rashaad, George, and Tyler, got help from some of the other artists to create a full makeup that not only was inspired by the galaxy they chose and incorporated lights, but also had to withstand a dance performance before being looked at closely by the judges. Rashaad chose the galaxy Ursa Major, an infrared galaxy, and created a male character who was going after the amazing light that the female character held onto. George chose the galaxy Cetus, the whale, and made crustacean creatures who were fighting against each other. Tyler picked Leo, the lion, and created a male who looked like a lion with a long mane and a female with softer cat like features.
I personally loved all of the makeup jobs that the contestants completed. They each did something that made their completed look fantastic. Rashaad, for example, did an amazing job on the coloring of his male character and the light display for his female character which resulted in two separate but connected looks. Tyler did an amazing job on the chest piece of his male character, where it literally looked like his chest was hollow and you could see everything that was going on inside of him. His female was colored ethereally and beautifully. Finally, the sculpting that George did on the faces of both his male and female characters was superb.
Rashaad ended up winning the whole thing and his makeup showed that he had done the best with this challenge. Overall, I liked Tyler’s body of work more throughout the season, but I can definitely see why Rashaad was chosen as the overall winner. His makeup for the finale was nearly flawless and his use of color and lighting were outstanding. If you have not gotten around to checking out Face Off on the Syfy channel, please do so! It gives you an in-depth look at the inner workings of how movie/creature makeups are created and everyone who participates on the show is incredibly talented. Face Off returns for Season 7 to SyFy in July 2014.
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