This was another cool episode. The show started right into a Foundation Challenge where the winner would walk away with immunity. The artists found models with gorgeous wings waiting for them. McKenzie told them they had to create a Valkyrie warrior Goddess and draw on Norse mythology. Their guest judge would be Emmy-award winning makeup artist Douglas Noe, who worked on Thor and Pulp Fiction. He wanted to see shapes, angles and a colour palette that wasn’t garish. He also wanted to see a story without using words.
Robert had an interesting concept. Instead of a beauty makeup, he emphasized the warrior aspect and used blood splatter as on top of the warrior paint. Walter used reds and blacks for his goddess who collected dead warriors that died by fire. Melissa created a fallen warrior who transformed into a Valkyrie with a white forehead and ring detail. Yvonne went for a mother Nature vibe. Douglas like her use of colour, Melissa’s concept and clear vision, and wanted Walter to go further with his colour choices. The winner was Melissa, who would now have immunity. She’s been lucky with bypassing the gauntlet and this immunity win.
For the Spotlight Challenge, genies were the dish of the day. The gang had to choose from different vessels to create a mischievous genie character. Bill Corso would be their next guest judge for this challenge, who worked on Deadpool, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Foxcatcher.
Rob chose a heavily carved vessel with Mayan details. His concept involved a primitive culture that finds the vessel and releases a genie who becomes a deity. Mr. Westmore told him to make the nose more prominent to mimic the Incan or Maya detailing. Rob liked his concept but realized creating symmetry was really difficult. He wanted perfection but was running out of time. He ended up with a ton of details to finish in last looks, and didn’t get all of the body painted, but it was a great look regardless. The judges thought it was unique and successful up close. He made solid and daring decisions, and Neville thought the Mayan details and cultural references were great. Bill thought the colour and design was smart and beautiful. He was in top looks.
Mel’s gazelle covered vessel inspired her to create a human/gazelle hybrid. She was having a hard time sculpting something that didn’t look like a cat. Mr. Westmore suggested she use the patterns in the vessel which were a bit more obvious than the animal concept. This would eat some of her time up, but she used cups and plastic tubing to mimic the designs in the vessel. She wasn’t thrilled, but it was something. She used teal, bronze, gold and silver with black to give the paint finish an aged look. Gluing on the lips was a bit of an issue, but she finally got the makeup finished. The judges could see the rough application, and the arbitrary design. Neville thought it wasn’t an attractive makeup, and Bill thought it wasn’t anatomically feasible. She was in bottom looks.
Walter picked a vessel accented with dragons. He wanted to do a reptilian-witch character. He was in his element since he really loved the fantasy genre, and really wanted a win this challenge. Mr. Westmore liked the witch nose he sculpted, and Walter was happy with his work. He ran into some trouble when he was molding his cowl. He had to rush it and with the help of the other artists, cracked it open but thankfully it came out nicely. His paint job consisted of black and gold, and the makeup turned out amazing! The judges loved the sculpting, consistent scaling and metallic paint. Glenn thought it fulfilled the challenge with the mischievous genie and told a story. He was in top looks.
Yvonne created an elephant genie to match the vibe of her vessel. She didn’t really have any problems except for some patching on the cowl. She did another amazing paint job with lots of highlight and contour to give the character a lot of dimension, but the judges didn’t think it read genie and it wasn’t appropriate for the challenge. Melissa’s genie was just weird. She had a metallic finish with what the judges thought looked like a disease detailing. She was lucky she had immunity. Yvonne was also in the safe zone this week.
Robert went weird again, and decided on a cat genie demon that partied a lot. Mr. Westmore told him to go more fantasy instead of a literal cat, and Robert suggested to add horns to the face. He didn’t do a cowl; focusing on the genie’s face. He had some issues with the chin staying down, but was able to sort it out. His genie was….interesting. The judges thought it was inappropriate for the challenge, and too goofy. Bill felt the ears were coming out of the eye sockets and wanted brighter colours. Glenn thought it was a successful makeup but didn’t fulfill the challenge at all. This put him in the bottom looks.
The winner was Walter! He finally got his win by proving he had talent with “successfully integrated references” and a fantastic paint job. The person going home would be Robert. They thought his humour sent him down the wrong path this time, but loved his uniqueness. His final thought was that his final look was a symbol of creative freedom and a gift to us all. Oh, and he says, “You’re so welcome” in advance. Um, thanks Robert…I’ll miss that kooky dude!