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Face Off Recap: Danger & Beauty

February 08, 2012 11:26 PM by Ryan Haidet

Face Off went to the wild side on tonight’s episode on SyFy.  It started with a Foundation Challenge in which all of the contestants battled it out for Immunity by creating trauma makeup based on wounds that would be inflicted by a werewolf.  Naturally, the network decided to tie in one of its own shows for this moment by bringing in actor Sam Huntington as a guest judge.  I guess it was appropriate for him to be on board because he does portray a werewolf on “Being Human.”  When that was all said and done, Beki was once again awarded Immunity for having the best makeup — but her victory didn’t keep her out of drama throughout the episode.  In fact, she was a focal point for lots of the drama we saw up until the end.  What happened?  Read on for more!

For the main challenge, everybody was divided at random into teams of two.  Their task was to create something beautiful but dangerous by picking one wild animal and one plant from a small selection.  Almost immediately, Beki and Sue were bickering about the concept of their creation.  It got so bad at one point that Sue went to other teams to ask for advice about the texture they should be using because she didn’t like how smooth Beki was making everything appear.

After wrapping up all of their work by the end of the third day, it was time for the teams to reveal their work to the judges.  Vivica A. Fox joined the panel as a special guest judge.  Ummm…  OK.  That makes a ton of sense because she’s such a makeup icon.  Whatever.

Here is the completed work from each team:

Heater/Rayce: water monitor/firesticks

RJ/Ian: panther chameleon/lady slipper orchid

Jerry/Matt: African spotted leopard/yellow iris

Athena/Tara: emerald tree boa/stargazer lily

Beki/Sue: cobalt blue tarantula/bird of paradise

The judges showed the most disappointment with two teams: Beki/Sue and Athena/Tara.  “I really don’t think that could have won a costume contest at a third grade Halloween party,” judge Glenn Hetrick said.  Judge Ve Neill brought up the problems the piece had with the texture by saying, “It looks like it’s got rubber barf all over it.”  This is where Beki told the judges that Sue was the person responsible for the poor texturing, which really pissed Ve off.  She didn’t like that Beki was throwing Sue under the bus.  As far as Athena/Tara’s work, the judges thought it just didn’t work — especially because it looked like their model was a painted person wearing underwear.

When it came to the best team, the judges chose RJ/Ian, but awarded RJ as the top artist of the week.  He had tears in his eyes as they notched him up to the top.

At the elimination, the judges chose to send Athena packing.  “This was your third opportunity to show off your skills as a body painter, which we do believe you that have, but we’re just not seeing it,” Glenn said.  “We can’t go any further.”

Athena walked out with her head held high.  “I am definitely proud of myself because I have not been doing special effects makeup for a long time,” she said.  “But I’m a little bummed I didn’t get a chance to show off my full potential. But every rejection makes me stronger.”

Overall, tonight’s episode didn’t hit the mark as good as it did last week when everybody made their own horror movie villains.  Hopefully next week has something more to deliver.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?  Which makeup did you think was the best?  What about the worst?  Who do you think has what it takes to win the whole show?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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One Response to “Face Off Recap: Danger & Beauty”

  1. Linda Says:
    February 9th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I wish this show would concentrate more on the process and less on the drama! They keep showing the same animated demo every time a silicone appliance is made or a foam latex appliance is made, but never really show any details. Love the show, hate the drama.


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