The 3 remaining women, Corrine, Cat and Chloe, talked about their standing in the competition. Cat wanted a female finale winner, and Chloe did too, in fact, her competitive streak came out and revealed that she really wanted the win.
For the Spotlight Challenge, the gang went to The Magic Castle-an exclusive members only, world-famous magic club in Hollywood that has hosted famous magicians for 50 years. Their challenge was to create an original wizard inspired by a selection of wands that McKenzie presented to them on the main stage of the Magic Castle.
Corrine picked a tribal wand. She designed a tribal dark shaman witch doctor and once again went for a minimal makeup. She knew that her paint job had to be great, or else she would be slayed by the judges. Luckily for her, she did just that. They liked how simple, clean and asymmetrical the shaman’s Peruvian styled skull was. Ve loved the paint job that looked like mud, and they all thought it was a perfect interpretation of her wand. She was in top looks.
Tyler chose a tree branch wand. He was really psyched to do this makeup. I love that nerdy Tyler! He created a wizard that protects the forest. When Mr. Westmore did his rounds, he cautioned Tyler about his design looking too human. Taking that cue, he smoked through the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved this makeup, and so did the judges. It looked like a living tree. They liked the transition of charred to burned wood, and thought it was well designed and tremendously successful. They said the character had an unorthodox chin and mouth that worked. His “potent” and graceful wizard put Tyler in the top looks.
Niko had a futuristic wand. He went for a robot wizard but had trouble with his design and struggled with his ideas. Mr. Westmore told him to be careful of the design looking too Neanderthal. He advised him to square off the sculpture. Niko ended up changing the design, but was short on time. During last looks, he had problems gluing the final details to the makeup, ending up with a lopsided looking design. The judges called it “a wreck”, and unbearable to look at. They felt his skill set was stretched and he didn’t have proper knowledge of the subject matter. Glenn also pointed out that in order to do a successful metal design, it either has to be super smooth or textured. Niko was in the bottom looks.
George got a mechanical wand. He designed a wizard who was possessed by, and became, his wand. The only blip for him was when his model ended up being allergic to the glue he was using, but always being prepared, he had another face appliance and changed the glue. I loved this design. It looked like a bronzed statue with a futuristic, steam punk/art deco look. Neville thought the ridges on the cowl just “felt right”, and they loved what they called a sophisticated concept and design. Ve thought the paint job was stunning, focusing on the transition from metal to flesh tone. George was in top looks.
Cat chose a floral vine wand and decided on a forest wizard as well. She focused on the flower aspect. Mr. Westmore told her to avoid using vines and fruit to sculpt the nose, but she kept that idea. She also fabricated a giant flower for the character’s back, and used an orange colour scheme. I did not like the almost matte orange paint job. Neither did the judges. Glenn loved the flower petals on her back, but that was it. Ve thought it looked like a refugee from a craft store, and Neville thought her face looked diseased, and the sculpt detracted from the beauty of her face. I guess it pays to listen to a Westmore because Cat ended up in bottom looks.
Rashaad got a spiky wand and decided to go more minimal. He knew he had to focus on the details, but unfortunately, the details were negative. This was definitely not his best work. His seams were showing all over the makeup, and the judges noticed. His spiky, horned face wizard didn’t quite work for them, but they did appreciate that he tried to cover the seams with his paint job. Lucky for him, he was safe this week.
Daran had a wand with an eye in the centre. He wanted to use the wand as the wizard’s eye and created a really cool design. This wizard had a mystical looking mask, creepy face and hands, and the judges liked it enough to keep him safe as well.
Chloe’s wand had a crystal and lots of filigree on it. She made the filigree the focal point of the makeup, but didn’t realize how much work that involved. She was not happy with her design, and had to scale back on the detail in order to finish. The judges weren’t thrilled with the end result. They liked the overall concept but thought it was heavy-handed. They wanted to see filigree detail on the model’s forehead to compliment the chin, and they also felt she took the wrong element of the wand to focus on. She was in the bottom looks.
Graham picked a skeleton wand. He created a wizard that kept himself alive by collecting skulls and went for a voodoo look. Mr. Westmore liked his design and had never seen piercings on the lip like that before, which the judges also noticed and loved. They also liked the character’s teeth. That kept him safe.
Out of the top looks, George won. The judges thought his design transcended the challenge and left them in awe. Going home this episode was Cat. They thought her wizard was too artsy/crafty and disliked her conceptual choices. The judges did say she was a great makeup artist, and advised her to focus on her designs more. She was glad that it was her going home and not her boyfriend Niko, who was very upset by her elimination, but Cat left feeling inspired. As an interesting twist to the end of the show, McKenzie came backstage to let the contestants know they were going to…Japan!!! How freaking exciting is that? What an incredible surprise, and I am looking forward to see what Japan has in store for them!!