Face Off Season 9 Episode 10: Sideshow Freaks!

Published September 30, 2015 by rmpixie

It was time for the artists to work for immunity again.  For this Foundation Challenge, they would have to create their own intimidating tribal warrior by mimicking scarification, tattoos, piercings and body paint.  The makeup would have to be applied to the model’s entire upper body instead of just the face, and they would use the unique and treacherous weapons each model carried as inspiration.  Their guest judge was makeup artist Robin Mathews, who won an Oscar for The Dallas Buyers Club.  She told them for that film they had a low budget, so she had to use “paint and powder” to highlight and contour the actors instead of facial prosthetics.  She would be looking for resourcefulness with their use of products. They all did some great warrior makeups, but the ones that stood out for Robin were Meg for her simple but detailed and realistic magenta warrior, and Scott for his organic, earthy cracked clay warrior.  The winner was Scott for his ingenious use of the clay.  He now had immunity for the Spotlight Challenge and was definitely relieved.

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The Big Top was the inspiration for the next challenge.  Like over the top carnival sideshows, the artists would have to create their own sideshow freaks, but with a more fantastical approach.  Their choices were put on a carnival wheel, and they spun it to get their characters.

Stevie got Icicle Irma.  She went with a woman who had a blue skin condition with a melting icicle face.  She realized the icicles would be tough to sculpt, and Mr. Westmore pointed out that her icicles looked more like boils.  He suggested that she do only half the face as well.  She revised the icicles by using dried hot glue drippings and added them to her face sculpt.  She had to apply them to the model’s face as well as paint and do a beauty makeup in last looks.  The judges liked the concept and she was safe.  Jordan did an Elephant Lady makeup.  To create this look, he used sheet foam, foam balls and spandex to create a lumpy elephant arm.  The judges thought he did a nice paint job, although Neville thought the finish looked more like stone than elephant hide.  He too was safe this week.

Scott created a look for Twisted Tom.  After Mr. Westmore tweaked his eye sculpt to look more twisted, he took his time with the makeup because he had immunity.  He sculpted an arm and chest piece, and used a freckling technique as he painted the makeup.  He went for details and even though the judges felt there could have been more skin disease used to cover his edges, they liked his vision.

Nora had Lobster Larry.  Once again, she needed a bit of time to figure out her concept.  She came up with a mobster lobster who was raised by the mob and had to hide out in the circus freak show.  Mr. Westmore told her to sell more lobster with her sculpt, and she created some cool lobster claws.  I loved this look!  The judges felt it was a clean application, excellent sculpt and good story.  Glenn thought it worked for the challenge, and even though Neville thought the face didn’t quite read lobster, he liked the gold grill on Larry’s teeth, calling him a “grilled lobster” which got some groans from the panel.

Meg got Inside-Out Oscar.  She wanted to create an exposed brain for her character who had a disease that made him shed his skin.  Mr. Westmore told her she needed a good muscle sculpt and muscle striation for the paint to stand out. After getting her stuck mold open with Scott’s help, Meg painted away, but felt it wasn’t the best representation of her work.  Her gooey character got no love from the judges.  Ve thought it was too simian looking, and there was no focus due to too many details.  They thought looked more like a ripped off skin instead of an inside-out character, and the skull sculpt didn’t quite make the cut.  She was in the bottom.

Evan worked on Moon Girl.  He went for a swollen acne/crater face with a piece of meteor in the head sculpt for some humour.  Mr. Westmore told him that the acne was too subtle and he needed a more aggressive sculpt.  Evan had to start over and unfortunately his face piece ripped.  He had to fix it as much as he could, and work out the rest with paint.  He was worried because it looked terrible to him up close.  His hillbilly Moon Girl missed the mark with the judges.  They thought it was rough, and although they liked the trailer trash beauty makeup, they thought his funny idea was a mess.  Evan agreed with them and he ended up in the bottom.

Ben’s concept for the Human Peacock was an M.C. for the freak show.  He sculpted a beak-like nose and created a collar with L2oo, warbla and layers of peacock feathers.  He also had to fix his face piece, and patched it in enough time to do a layered paint job.  The judges loved this makeup.  They thought it was the best thing he has done on the show.  Neville loved the texture, balance of the nose, lips and profile, and Ve loved the paint.  Glenn thought he captured the heart of the challenge which was to incorporate fantasy and human elements.

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The winner was Ben.  His was the only top look due to his clean makeup and blending of the traditional and fantastic.  He felt redeemed after a few bad spells.

Meg’s bad choices and improper anatomical sculpt sent her home.  She made it far into the challenge and she was proud of herself.  She did well and the judges could see only improvement from this point on.  Best of luck to her!

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