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Face Off Season 10 Episode 7: “The Gauntlet II”

Published February 28, 2016 by vfdpixie

It was that time again.  The artists were in for a grueling set of foundation challenges in the second Gauntlet Challenge ever on the show.  This happened last year where the artists had 3 challenges to complete in order to test their skills.  An artist would be eliminated from the competition as usual, but this time, winners of Stage 1 and 2 would enjoy immediate safety, as well as a night out on the town.

The first challenge would have the artists create captain characters inspired by mythical ships:  The Egyptian Manjet Barge, The Viking ship Naglfar made from the bones of the dead, the ghostly Flying Dutchman, and the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  They would also be judged on a certain aspect of the makeup:  a “magnificent”, hand-laid pirate’s beard.

The top two captains were created by Melissa and Walter.  Melissa was ahead of the game, since she’s been making beards for a long time.  She went with the barge and a sun-god, golden character.  The judges liked the great decisions and thought the character was brilliant and told a story.  Walters’s Viking captain worked because he blended the colours of hair and face well, and the beard was clean.  They were both safe.

Pandora’s Box would be the challenge for Stage 2.  In each box, there were three prosthetics.  The artists had to create a cohesive character using these pieces, but not in the way they were intended.  Neville told them to understand the utility of the piece.  They were all pretty creative with their designs, but the standouts were Rob and Robert.  Rob created a ghostly undertaker and used the nose piece as a chin.  The judges liked his smart placement and good colour choices.  Robert’s demon was an interesting combination using the noise piece on the cheeks, the “Spock” ears on her forehead,  The judges liked the great colours and the Kabuki-like look.  Along with Melissa and Walter, they enjoyed a great night out, complete with a limo ride.  They did feel for the remaining four artists though, who would have to endure Stage 3.

The third and final stage would involve the old phrase, ” See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.  The artists would have to create three makeups on three models to embody the phrase in a horrific way.

Kaleb didn’t have a concept right away, but eventually came up with demons that would tempt their victims to see, hear or speak evil.  The judges weren’t thrilled with his trio because they didn’t really tell what the challenge was.  It seemed as if the characters actually had their senses.  Ve called them 2 hookers with their pimp, and Glenn thought the high fashion look didn’t work. he was in bottom looks.

Yvonne came up with torturers for a king who were attacked and burned with acid by their victims.  She used a bald cap on one model’s mouth to fuse it shut.  She ended up behind, and airbrushed the paint to speed up her time.  She had so much to do she called last looks “fast looks” since she would be doing most makeups in the last hour.  Even though the paint was a touch flat, it worked for her concept.  The judges loved the true harmony with the characters and the costuming that created a perfect ensemble.  She was in top looks.

Anna made a trio of zombies.  They would have mangled features made from tissue and latex for a bumpy, ripped skin look.  In last looks, one of the faces came loose, but she repaired it in time.  The judges felt the paint was too shiny, and she missed an opportunity to powder down the makeup or add dirt.  the prosthetics also didn’t sit flush with the skin.  She was in bottom looks.

Mel’s idea of post-apocalyptic priests who gave up their senses for God had great impact.  She really worked on the exposed skin and muscle striation as the judges were sticklers for anatomy.  Glenn thought they looked very Hellraiser.  The concept was strong with interesting details that were really creepy.  She was also in top looks.

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The winner was Mel.  The judges just loved that concept fulfilled the challenge and that the characters looked like a whole team had worked on them.  The person going home was Kaleb.  His bold concept was better suited for another challenge.  Glenn pointed out he would have a lot to offer in the future, and Kaleb was proud to have made it this far.

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Face Off Season 9 Episode 8: “The Gauntlet”

Published September 16, 2015 by vfdpixie

Face Off is always a whirlwind of makeup and tension, but it came to a head this week.  McKenzie described it as the most difficult challenge in Face Off history and she wasn’t kidding.  Called simply “The Gauntlet”, the artists would have a 3-staged challenge and the winning artist for each stage would be ranked from highest scoring to lowest.  Their overall ranking would determine who won the entire 3 challenges and who would go home, and our resident judges Glenn, Ve and Neville would determine the best and worst looks.

The first stage was inspired by films where characters were exposed to the elements like in Cast Away and Alive.  The artists had to create a look based models and their wardrobe, the major themes being frozen or sunburned.  They all did great jobs, and the top looks came from Nora and Jordan.  Nora ranked #1 this first stage, as her frostbitten look was the most accurate portrayal of exposure.  The bottom looks included Evan, Jasmine and Kevon.

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Stage two involved models who were already in costume and had prosthetics applied to their faces.  The challenge here was to create some incredible paint jobs.  Glenn advised them to not apply big blocks of colour and go for realism instead.

Stevie’s medieval goblin had a fantasy look, but the judges thought it was too flat looking.  Ben’s sea queen impressed the judges with pretty colours and soft variations of paint.  Jasmine’s fun alien had an overly airbrushed look like body painting but it was fun.

Kevon and Ben were in the top looks.  Kevon, who felt defeated by the challenge, ended up creating a paint job the judges loved and won him first place in stage 2, followed by Ben.  The bottom 3 were Scott, Stevie and Evan.

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The third and final stage had them create a hero or feature makeup and two background makeups, within the following randomly assigned categories:  Witches and Warlocks, Goblins and Angels.

Meg, Ben, and Jordan all got Witches and Warlocks.  Meg made a third eye with a taxidermy fake eye in the witch’s forehead to break up what she thought was a boring look.  The judges didn’t like it and they noticed that she did the same paint job as her last challenge.  They also thought she should have swapped out characters because her background male witch was a better makeup.  She was in the bottom.

Jordan went for a traditional Halloween trio of witches.  The judges thought the makeups looked rough up close, and needed more detail, colour range and gloss for dimension.  Ben did a skin abnormality that looked like a Rorschach test, which was weird but well done and kept him out of the bottom rankings.

Kevon, Evan and Jasmine did Angels.  Jasmine had a fallen angel and his 2 angel prisoners.  She wanted a metallic finish to the main angel, but the golden-bronze colour was too solid.  The judges thought it was too intense, like a street performer with no dimension and the female background characters too subtle.  Evan, on the other hand, got their approval for his two fallen angels and their angel prisoner.  They felt he had the strongest hero character and liked the beautiful female angel.  His “elegant array of characters” with lots of details got him top rankings.  Kevon also did well with his beauty makeup inspired angels, and although his brow piece was a tad low on his feature makeup, he was safe.

Finally, Scott, Stevie and Nora worked on Goblins.  Scott impressed the judges with all the detail he got done in such a short amount of time.  Stevie went for a fantasy look and had a male “pimp” goblin and his “ho-blins”.  She fixed her paint job from looking muddy to having dimension, and the judges noticed.  They liked her painting techniques down to the broken capillaries in the nose.  Nora really went for it and made my favourite trio of the night.  She painted the heck out of her goblins, adding translucent jelly for a gooey look.  She was inspired by the movie Legend, and Neville could see the influence.  The judges thought her choices were successful and liked that the goblins were cohesive.

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The winner for stage 3 was Evan for his well painted hero, but the overall winner was Nora who showed growth and had the most covered and well-rounded makeups.  I thought she also showed consistency in all three stages.

The bottom three in stage 3 were Meg, Stevie and Jasmine, and unfortunately, Jasmine would be the one going home.  Her different approach to the first stage in which she created a poisoned look instead of a frostbitten or sunburned look; the airbrushed look of her fun alien; and finally the one-toned fallen angel kept her in the bottom too often.  Neville was inspired by her and sad to see her go.   The good thing was that she was inspired by the show and glad she got as far as she did.  She vowed to carry on and kick ass, which I’m sure she will very soon!

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