This week Sasha was proud of her looks being in the top the last 3 challenges which gave her more confidence. We shall Sasha, we shall see…
This Spotlight Challenge was most excellent. They all went to Sony Picture Studios where they met under a giant, 94 ft rainbow made by Tony Tasset for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. McKenzie was amidst a whimsical tea party set, and she wanted them to bring characters of The Wizard of Oz to life but there was a twist (of course!). They would have to pair up again to re-imagine the Oz characters as though they had fallen through the rabbit hole into the world of Alice of Wonderland! This challenge had a lot of potential for creativity!
Jason and Sasha chose the Cowardly Lion. Jason wanted to go for a creepy looking lion, which was not what the challenge called for. Sasha hated the idea, and wanted to do something pretty and whimsical, but she didn’t speak up, which infuriated me! COME ON GIRL!! It was her ass on the line too!! Mr. Westmore told him flat-out to get some whimsy going, and that it had to be up to par with the other concepts. “Think happy and cheerful” he said. Hear that Jason? Happy and cheerful!!! Mr. Westmore basically gave him a concept-The Cheshire Cat-and he still couldn’t, or wouldn’t, get to it. Sasha pouted and that drove me crazy. She came up with a way to create a fur look and painted it with stripes like the Cheshire Cat, but the colour scheme in general didn’t work. The judges thought the face was too mask-like, the colours didn’t work, and they asked why there was no Cheshire Cat influence. There was no direction and didn’t reflect anything involved with the challenge. Sasha’s silence may have cost her this time because they were in the bottom.
George and Drew went for the Wicked Witch of the West. Their concept involved the witch getting blown off her course in the tornado and ending up in Wonderland. They wanted to create a twisted, tornado type hairstyle and were on the same page with their ideas. Drew created a wrinkled texture skin for the back of her neck, and towards the end of their construction, decided not to create the hairstyle because they felt the hat would crush the hair, and the witch needed her hat for the look. The judges loved the profile, but Glenn thought the head looked “eggy”. They thought it was more Wizard of Oz than anything else, and didn’t like that the makeup abruptly ended where the wardrobe started. Ve actually like the character but not the green colour they painted her. They all wished that the hair idea wasn’t scrapped, with Lois telling them the hair could have told a story. The judges thought the excuse for the lack of hair was lame, but they were safe.
Dina and Stella got the Winged Monkey. Their monkey flew down the rabbit hole and became a jester for the Queen of Hearts. Dina came up with a cool idea to sculpt the ears as a jester’s hat. They worked well together, and both came up with a great face sculpt, with Stella perfecting a smirk on the monkey’s face. They actually used a bit of Rachael’s purple hair for the monkey, and Stella made a great set of wings using playing cards. The character was great and I loved the face! The judges thought it was freaky, and liked that the model could give them a range of expressions through the makeup. Glenn thought it was a ” wonderfully realized fusion” and applauded their teamwork. They loved the colours and Ve thought it was devilish and mesmerizing all at once. They felt it was a great idea, and that was well sculpted, painted and conceived. They were in the top looks.
Cig and Damien created a patchwork Scarecrow. They wanted to sew fabric into the face piece, so they didn’t need a lot of detail with the sculpt which saved them a lot of time. Cig also built a shoulder gag that made it look like the scarecrow’s head fell off. They ran into trouble when the sewn on patches limited the mobility of the face, so they had to cut into it to avoid a mask. I thought it was a great idea, but too busy. I was on the same page as the judges. They couldn’t see the sculpt under all the fabric, and it was too dark. They liked the colours but the face lacked a focal point, and Lois wished they had used more of the metal aspects hidden by the hat. They were in the bottom looks as well.
Rachael and Keaghlan got the Tin Woodsman. Their character was a part of the Queen’s army who took off heads, but realized he actually had a heart. Mr. Westmore told them to sharpen the nose, and they really perfected the symmetry of the face. Rachael created a really cool axe, and they painted him grey and silver, using black to make the colours pop. I though it was beautiful, and my favourite makeup so far this season. They judges loved the profile and symmetry of the makeup. For them it was well executed and a super clean, finished work. Because of the amazing paint job that looked like metal and outstanding team work, they were in the top.
The winning makeup was created by Stella and Dina! They loved the bounty of fantastic ideas that were perfectly synthesized. Dina ended up as the winner because of her face and ear sculpt! Yay! The cake girl wins! That was well deserved.
The Cowardly Lion concept was the bottom look. There was no direction, and didn’t reflect the challenge. Jason went home. I am going to rant for a moment. I am glad he is going home. A part of this competition is listening. You listen to the instructions of the challenge, your partners, the judges and Mr. Westmore. End of story. While I think having your own ideas and drive is great, Jason did not take any advice. So go home bro. And Sasha wants me to smack her! That girl needs a back bone, like yesterday. She is SO lucky she is still in the game, but for the love of all that is good, speak up, and grow a proverbial set!! She may not have another chance. Ok, my rant is over…until next week…