Wow!! What a whirlwind of an episode!! My head is still spinning from all that went on for the Face Off Season 4 finale “Living the Dream“! The guys were all mentally and physically exhausted, so a sweet surprise was in order. They all got to have a Skype chat with loved ones. Tears and words of encouragement fueled the guys and gave them the motivation to get to the finish line.
Their final spotlight challenge was pretty amazing. They had to create 2 characters for the Las Vegas show La Reve-The Dream at the Wynn Resort. The stage for this one of a kind show was a 1 million gallon tank, where over 90 acrobats, artists and olympic athletes performed daring feats in and out of the water. Artistic Director for the show, James Santos introduced the characters: a dream thief who is an adrenaline junkie looking for danger and the quarry of their victim. The thief and victim makeups had to be, of course, completely waterproof, and since they existed in the subconscious, the gang was presented with dream themes. Anthony chose sinister, Wayne picked supernatural, and Kris took on ethereal. They were also presented with assistants: their former competitors! Wayne’s team included Eric F. and Meagan; Kris worked with House and Alam, and Anthony picked Eric Z. and Autumn. After the selection, they got to work with energy and team spirit. Kris loved his team, but hated the challenge as he worried his idea might not be enough. Anthony seemed to have a few hiccups as Autumn’s mold got locked, and his face appliance had to be re-sculpted due to bubbling. Wayne was concerned with- you guessed it- time. Michael Westmore came in for his last mentor visit. It was really nice to see how much the gang was going to miss him. They all appreciated beyond words his guidance and they basically wanted to take him with them when they left, especially Wayne, who was sorry that Westmore would not longer warn him about time management. Love it! I also loved how some team members became guinea pigs with paint and hair pieces. They definitely got marks for team work.
And then they were in Las Vegas. Ah, Vegas! Where you can walk down the street with a giant bottle of beer at 10 a.m. Where I celebrated a birthday that ended in a zero in maximum overdrive! I miss you, Frankie’s Tiki Room! Ahem, but I digress…so the guys checked in to the Wynn Resort and took in their lavish surroundings. Popping some bubbly, the boys toasted to a good competition and geared up for the final day.
Last 4 hours and last looks were pretty hairy. Everyone was worried about the staying power of the makeups in water, and diligently sealed their appliances. And Wayne? Seriously??? He was so short on time, again. Once out in the theatre, the tension mounted. McKenzie Westmore looked glamorous for the final show, and presented the makeups and the performance. And what a performance it was! Total disclosure here: there are 2 things this pixie does not like: heights and (cess) pools. This show had both, but these performers were so talented, I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. And the makeups looked incredible! I especially liked Kris’s silver dream thief. After, the contestants were proud and pumped, and the judges thought the makeups looked just as good in and out of the water. Glenn thought it was the coolest thing he had ever seen.
Kris created his ethereal “water celestial” duo with beautiful colour, sculpting and originality. The judges loved the paint on the male character because it worked with the lighting, and all the detail in the sculpting. They did find the female a bit disconnected because of her bright colouring but the sculpting was very clean. They were “delighted” that he went out of the box.
Anthony used sinister for his characters, and they definitely were. His idea came from a thief who wanted the soul of a princess because his own had been ripped from him. Neville loved the profile of the female character and thought it was perfect. The male character had a gargoyle-like appearance and the paint job was admired as well. Glenn thought the female was beautiful in an alien way, especially since she had no hair. You could immediately tell there was harmony with the characters, as they looked similar, but it looked natural. The judges loved that Anthony took their guidance as the competition went on.
Wayne got praised for his sculpting with the supernatural duo. He had created a demon who wanted the new wings of an angel. He had great detail and they felt it was a great team of characters. The male had unique horns that blended back into the base of the skull, and the back sculpture on the angel was also unique. They thought it was truly unique design and they were clearly from the same world.
The judges had a hard time choosing a winner. Glenn mentioned how blown away he was because they all created something the judges had never seen before which is extremely difficult. In the end, Anthony ruled supreme! He was the proud winner of a Fiat 500, $100,000, and a spot as a guest lecturer for Makeup Forever in NYC and Paris. I thought his characters were truly sinister, beautiful, and very clean-looking. He definitely earned the prize as a fairly consistent artist with beautiful designs, and was humbly grateful. He was also honoured to be among his peers. Good job, Anthony! The best man won!
I enjoyed this season, and all the competitors were worthy of making it to the finale. I’m glad we got to see some of the other artists come back, and I wish every one of them great success and satisfaction in the future! I think Face Off is a brilliant show, and I’ve watched it from the start. I love, love, love Ve Neill, Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick as judges. They are truly forerunners of the industry. I’m so glad there is a show like this on t.v to spotlight how a SFX makeup artist creates their vision. Hats off to another successful season!