This week the artists convened at the Normandie Casino. It had the classic glitzy Las Vegas style in Los Angeles and where shows like The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were filmed. McKenzie gave the group their first individual Spotlight Challenge: to create their own stylized character from the royal course of playing cards: the King, Queen, Jack and Joker. They had to channel Tim Burton’s whimsy like in Alice in Wonderland as they were coming up with their concepts. Each character had to have their suite-hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades- incorporated into the makeup, and had to be heavy on the whimsy. Their guest judge was Robert Stromberg, director of Maleficent, and Oscar-winning production designer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. This was what I was waiting for! We finally got to see each artist’s creativity on their own projects!
Ben took on the Jack of Diamonds. His character was going to be old and decrepit but with the desired whimsy. He did well with his time, got his hands and face painted well, and ended up with a colourful but slightly wonky character. He was safe.
Stephanie got the King of Diamonds. Her king would be sickly looking. On application day, her original model wasn’t available, so she had to modify the appliances. On the reveal stage, she thought it looked too much like a vampire, and I thought the edges were a little rough, but she was safe.
Darla picked the Jack of Hearts. Her character was the advisor to the king, but was secretly in love with his queen. She had a really strong concept from the start and sculpted the hair of her character for a great, impactful look. The makeup was very clean, and had a great paint job. Robert thought it was brilliant and Glenn loved the application. The look was a great interpretation, especially with the sculpted hair and the thought the paint job was sophisticated. She was the only artist to pull of a successfully pointed chin, and the character’s powerful presence and her technical skill put her in top looks.
Adam’s King of Clubs was supposed to be a Rat Pack type character, but he thought it looked more like a pimp, Kelly did a cool but more scary looking Queen of Spades and Logan did a Queen of Clubs that had to be revised from old to young, but they were all safe.
Daniel wanted to create a Queen of Diamonds with a jagged raw diamond look. Coach Anthony told him to start his sculpt over as the character was looking too scary. Daniel really needed a concept and started by wanting to make the lips and face diamond-shaped. Mr. Westmore suggested he elongate the face more. He was also freaked out about doing a beauty makeup, and Emily was good enough to help him apply lashes in last looks. The end result was actually better than I expected but still not good. The judges felt the lips destroyed any beauty in the makeup and they could see his uncertainty in the design. He was in the bottom.
Jaime got the King of Spades. She wanted to go the David and Goliath route but all the male models were gone, so instead of a large manly character, she revised her design to make a fun and whimsical dandy of a king. She had to switch the order in which she put on her cowl and face appliance, and the end result was a little rough. Ve thought the dandy was not a good choice. Neville thought there were some good overall shapes, but the molded hair looked like a Klingon and the paint was drab. She should have used real hair, and this put her in the bottom.
Regina took on the Joker. She wanted a double-faced character and wanted to have a face on the back of the model’s head, so she needed to go for a real fantasy look. She copied her main face appliance in latex, figured out how to affix it to her model, an even thought she was a little behind, her makeup came out great! With a colourful costume and interesting concept, she ended up safe.
Rob had the Jack of Spades. He wanted to go for a musketeer character with an eye patch, and Mr. Westmore warned him to stay on the whimsy side of things or else it could look like a horror makeup. He made a large spade-shaped hat, and the makeup just squeaked by into the whimsy category. The judges thought the patch was too big, and the face appliance lifted off when Glenn examined it! Rob was sure he was going home, but miraculously he was safe!
Julian picked the Jack of Clubs and his character led people into the underworld. Laura saw a lot of potential in him and was excited to see his concept. He made a gelatin piece to practice his painting, but it got stuck in the mold and he wasted some time removing it. The judges really loved his unique vision and strong technical talent in sculpting and application. It wasn’t a literal interpretation, but it got him into the top looks.
Emily created her own evil Queen of Hearts. This queen would have human hearts surrounding her and an asymmetrical wig. She used cotton and nylon to create an elaborate wig, and used pin curls on the model to secure the wig on her. I love, love loved it! it was beautiful, and the judges were wowed by the gorgeous profile, and Glenn hated that she was better than him at that age. Robert loved the idea and that put her in top looks.
Anthony went with a grieving King of Hearts. He wanted to do a broken bleeding heart, but realized it would look like a horror makeup. He had to scrap the chest piece and just deal with a face appliance which made him have a slight panic attack! He kept at it but his wig, the only one left, didn’t quite work. The final look had a muddy and messy paint job and the judges didn’t see the story. Ve said it wasn’t even passable as a clown makeup. Ouch! Robert called it kingly balls of spaghetti and that put him in the bottom looks.
The top look and winner went to Emily! They loved her thoughtful and artistic makeup. Daniel was the artist going home, and the second artist to leave Coach Anthony’s team. His design suffered from technical flaws and it felt uninspired. Robert told him to keep learning and keep trying, and after only 8 months in the business, Daniel has plenty of time in the big world of makeup effects!