I can’t believe Face Off has been on for nine seasons! And this episode was the 100th! As the show opened, we got some fun facts: there has been 120 artists on the show and a staggering 1157 makeups done to date. I’m so glad this show exists because it opens up a whole world of creativity that some may take for granted. Congrats to all involved for bringing this innovative and exciting competition to viewers everywhere!
To celebrate this milestone, the gang headed to the Pasedena Mausoleum, an historic resting place in Southern California. There, McKenzie had a table set up with portraits of seven engaged couples. The Spotlight Challenge called for a whimsical and macabre makeup for each couple, using films like the Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice and the couple’s personality for inspiration so they could get married in costume. And the officiant would be none other than our lovely host McKenzie Westmore, who is an ordained minister! It would be a sweet challenge, but the contestants felt the pressure since they would be creating looks for a very memorable day. They worked once again in teams of 2, but this time the artists paired themselves up.
Jordan and Ricky picked Serge and Charlotte. This couple shared a love of video games, so the concept involved the couple falling into a pool while playing games, getting electrocuted and coming back from the dead. Mr. Westmore told the guys to concentrate on whimsy instead of realism, and Ricky decided to really push himself with a beating heart gag in the chest piece. Jordan created wrinkled skin by using latex and plastic wrap on the bride, and although Ricky had to revamp his heart gag, the couple looked great! I loved the colour palette, and the judges loved the depth to the sculpt. Ve called them pop art zombies and felt the artists captured whimsy. All of the judges loved the forms of the bride, and Glenn also loved the heart gag and felt they pushed themselves and added humour. They were in the top.
Ben and Jasmine worked with Tom and Lisa, two major cat lovers (yay!). This team decided to go for Beauty and the Beast with a feline slant, and used yarn as their key detail. Jasmine had the task of wrapping the bride’s head-piece and the groom’s horns with yarn which took forever, and she also layered paint to get a good opaque finish on the bride. It was a really fun makeup, and Glenn loved the stellar forms and colour. Ve loved the bride’s paint job, and Neville thought the details and storytelling stood out. They were in the top looks.
Scott and Stevie transformed Lia and Andrew, who got engaged at Christmas, into frozen carolers. Mr. Westmore advised them to create the face appliances in silicone because of the thin sculpt. Scott decided to do a run of silicone and foam just in case. The foam came out great (luckily!) and the makeups were really cool (no pun intended!). Neville liked the subtle icicles and this team was safe.
Libby and Brittany created a fantastical woodsy wedding look for Rudy and Kelly. They went with Mr. Westmore’s suggestion to make a crown-like forehead for the bride’s makeup, and save for some stuck molds, had a happy couple and a successful makeup. They judges felt it looked better up close, and Glenn thought the bride’s forehead could have been blended better, but they too were safe.
Also in the safe zone was Kevon and Evan, who went for an angel and demon makeup for Jamie and Chris to illustrate their positive and negative personalities. Their inspirations were the moon for the angel bride and the couple’s pug for the demon groom. Evan created large wings out of worbla (a pliable sheet plastic) and dental dam, and although Kevon ripped his face piece and the repair was noticed by the judges, their couple was happy with their looks.
Jason and Missy helped Cassandra and Matthew become a ghoulish couple that jumped off the bridge they got engaged on in the Grand Canyon. The plan was to have the bride grab her husband’s head atop his broken neck for a kiss. Glenn didn’t like that the highlights were shadowed and the sculpt was obscured. Ve thought the paint job killed the makeup, and Neville noted that the broken neck looked more like paralysis. This team was in the bottom.
Nora and Meg worked on Michael and Devon’s wedding look. Since Michael was artistic, they decided on a drag queen artist who falls in love with her drawing. Mr. Westmore suggested that Nora push the cartoony aspect, but she felt out of her element. She sculpted brush strokes onto Devon’s face, but the paint job was not going well. They both were aware of the issues with their makeups, and the judges thought the story was lame. Neville thought the concept of a living painting was too subtle, and the drag makeup was not good. Ve didn’t think it was whimsical, and the sculpted paint strokes were not visible from afar. They were in the bottom.
McKenzie performed a nice little ceremony for the done up couples, who had their family and friends in attendance on the reveal stage. Definitely a first for the show!
The top team was Ben and Jasmine since they combined both whimsy and the macabre really well, along with working the couple’s personalities into the look. Jasmine was the winner for her beautiful paint job on the bride. The elimination, however, will be announced in the next episode, since the show wanted to celebrate the newly wed models…there was cake to be had, after all! I’m dying to know who leaves the show, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next week…