February 15, 2012 09:59 PM by Ryan Haidet
Tonight’s episode of Face Off started right where last week’s episode finished. Instead of giving the contestants a chance to rest following Athena’s elimination, they were sent into their next Foundation challenge immediately. With just two hours, each contestant hand to conduct a “make under” by transforming a runway model into a plain Jane. Rayce won the challenge and earned Immunity from the upcoming elimination. It wasn’t the most exciting start, but what came next was very entertaining as a triple twist was tossed at the makeup artists. Read on to find out more!
For the Spotlight challenge, the contestants were teamed up into threesomes (Beki/RJ/Heather, Tara/Sue/Matt and Jerry/Ian/Rayce) for a battle of old-age makeups. The twist? Each team had to make a set of twins appear to be much older — one at 75, the other at 100. “This is going to be so hard,” Sue said in confessional.
If that wasn’t tough enough, just a short time after the challenge began another twist was added. The models weren’t just twins. They were actually triplets, which meant each threesome now had to do a third makeup with the new model being aged at 50.
Most of the focus on this challenge centered on the drama between Sue and Tara. Neither of them seemed to be happy with what the other was doing, which really pulled away from seeing what the other teams were actually creating. It was kind of frustrating, to be honest. While it’s nice to have a little drama on the show, I wish less of it would have been focused on this little spat.
By the third and final day of the competition, RJ hit a major roadblock when his model had an allergic reaction to the makeup as he applied it to her face. He was given a new model with just an hour left, which really put him in a difficult situation because the appliance he made was too big for the new, smaller woman. He was very worried about his work prior to going to the reveal stage. “Her face looks like some botched plastic surgery,” he said in confessional. “I think I’m going home.”
When all was said and done, here’s how each contestant’s makeup came out:
Matt: 50-year-old man. I like Matt, but this one just didn’t hit it with me… or the judges. They felt the hairline didn’t look right because it made his forehead look huge. Judge Glenn Hetrick called it a “Were-Chia.”
Tara: 75-year-old man. In a way this one made me think of an older Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown from “Back to the Future.” What do you think?
Sue: 100-year-old man. I was honestly very impressed to see how great this makeup turned out simply based on all of the drama tied to Sue while creating it. The judges liked it a lot, too.
Rayce: 50-year-old woman. Although the judges weren’t big fans of this makeup because it was too subtle, I actually thought it looked OK. I think it was the only one of all three 50-year-old makeups in this challenge that actually looked its age.
Ian: 75-year-old woman. Glenn really didn’t like the coloring on this one because he said it didn’t match up at all.
Jerry: 100-year-old woman. I really liked this one, too. Very solid work, Jerry! I think the photo below definitely captures a realistic-looking old lady.
Beki: 50-year-old woman. If you’ve been reading my recaps of this season thus far, you know I’m a huge Beki fan. But this makeup was the first time I was really worried about her safety in the competition. The area surrounding the model’s mouth just looked bad. And Beki knew that, too. “I’m stressed out,” she said as the judges took a closer look at her work. “I’m starting to profusely sweat in areas that I did not know sweat.” As I expected, the judges weren’t too thrilled. “It looks like she got hit with a frying pan,” Glenn said.
RJ: 75-year-old woman. Despite the issues he had with his first model being allergic, RJ really pulled his work together fast and created a solid makeup. The judges thought so, too. “The fact that it’s not for her face (the appliance) and you were able to manipulate that piece to get it to line up that well, to me, is impressive,” Glenn said.
Heather: 100-year-old woman. The judges really didn’t like this one. “It looks more like a zombie makeup to tell you the truth,” judge Ve Neill said. I actually thought it looked like melted chocolate on the model’s face, but I did think this one was better than the bird horror movie villain she created a few episodes ago.
The judges determined that Sue, Jerry and RJ had the best makeups of the competition. As far as the best? They chose Sue for her 100-year-old man. “It was an extremely strong effort on what was an exceedingly difficult challenge,” Glenn said. Here’s a closer look at Sue’s makeup:
The bottom there were Ian, Beki and Heather. In the end, the judges sent Heather packing. Here’s a closer look at Heather’s makeup:
With that, Heather becomes the sixth person to leave the competition. Next week, two contestants will get the ax!
Do you think the judges made the right decision? Was Heather’s makeup the worst? Do you think Sue’s was the best? Which of the remaining eight contestants do you think has what it takes to win the entire season? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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