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Face Off Recap: Alien Encounters

February 22, 2012 09:44 PM by Ryan Haidet

They’ve put their spin on the Wizard of Oz  They’ve created their own horror movie villains.  Tonight they tackled outer space.  Using four sketches by judge Patrick Tatopoulos as their motivation, the eight remaining contestants on Face Off had to create original aliens.  Although they were all excited with the task, it proved to be one of the toughest yet as several of them ran into major problems with their makeup.  If that wasn’t enough, the contestants were stunned to find out that two of them would be eliminated at the end of the challenge.  Who did the best and who was sent packing?  Read on to see close-up photos of each complete makeup and to find out who was given the boot.

“These are not the phone home kinda aliens,” RJ said.  “These are the I’m gonna eat your face and talk to ya later.”  Right off the bat, Ian was worried about the project because he felt like his designs were way too complicated to complete in the allotted time.

On the second day, Jerry was fired up about Sue’s makeup from the previous competition because he didn’t think it was as good as his.  “I was shocked that I was criticized on parts of my sculpt and Sue wasn’t,” he said to Beki.  “I shouldn’t say it sucked.  I should say it’s too cartoony and Halloween for my test.”

The big speed bumps struck on the third day when the contestants were ready to apply their makeup to the models.  Tara’s arm extensions had fallen apart, while Ian’s prosthetic had a massive tore and a missing ear.  As Ian seemed to panic, Jerry offered his advice by suggesting he make the the tear look like a scar.

As the entire challenge wrapped up, Tara knew her work wasn’t solid enough to impress the judges.  As the clock wound down she had the model remove the teeth she had made because they didn’t fit right.  He also only had one alien arm when she was actually trying to give him two.

When the contestants stepped before the judges, they were psyched to see LeVar Burton as a guest.  But then the bad news came when they were told that two of them were about to be cut from the competition.  Ian felt his demise was inevitable.

Here’s an up-close look at each individual makeup as it was presented to the judges:

Sue: The judges didn’t like that she didn’t do anything with the model’s hands.  After Sue’s amazing old man creation from last week’s episode, this was definitely a step in the wrong direction.

Beki: “I’m very proud of myself today for pulling off something so elaborate in a very small amount of time,” she said.

Rayce: This was my personal favorite out of all the aliens.  The judges really liked the way the red paint made the creature stand out.  “I’m extremely pleased with it,” judge Glenn Hetrick said.  LeVar thought it was very inventive and camera-ready.

Jerry: “I botched the paint, but if I were to grade my makeup on the time given: 7,” he said in confessional.  The judges weren’t too fond of his work with Ve Neill saying, “It just looks like a big Halloween mask to me.”  LeVar thought it looked like a fish, which is exactly the same thought I had.  Jerry tried to defend his color choice by saying he will never always associate blues with aquatics and reds with demons.

Ian: As he stepped before the judges with this creation, Ian didn’t feel his work was better than a 6 out of 10.  But despite his concern, the judges loved it.  Glenn called it “stellar.”  Ve said it was, “Awesome. Bitchin’. Groovy.”  LeVar was impressed that the makeup told a story in itself with elements like the chewed-off ear.  He truly did an amazing job turning his mishaps into positives.

Matt: This wasn’t my favorite work Matt has done this season because the face just looked way too stiff.

RJ: I dug this makeup because the face reminded me a lot of the monster in the “Jeepers Creepers” movies.  I could have done without the massive arms, but it didn’t ruin the project for me.  The judges were very pleased with his work.

Tara: The most obvious flaw with the facial portion of the makeup was the area surrounding the model’s mouth.  Tara knew it wasn’t her best work.  “He’s this toothless green gremlin.  Without the teeth I don’t have a fighting chance.”

After the judges took a closer look at each makeup, they deemed Beki and Matt were safe.  That left the other six as the best and the worst.  The judges selected Rayce, Ian and RJ as the top three for the project, ultimately naming Ian as the winner.

That left Jerry, Sue and Tara as the bottom three.  Without much hesitation, the judges announced that Tara was the first person eliminated.  “You’re very talented, but you need to learn to trust your gut,” Glenn told her as she left the competition.  The second person eliminated was Jerry.  “I don’t agree with it, but I’m OK with it,” he said.

Here’s a closer look at Ian’s winning makeup:

Here’s a closer look at Tara’s makeup:

Here’s a closer look at Jerry’s makeup:

Which makeup was your favorite?  Which did you like the least?  Who do you think is going to win the whole competition?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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4 Responses to “Face Off Recap: Alien Encounters”

  1. Susan Stevenson Says:
    February 22nd, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I think RJ Haddy has a excellent chance of winning it all!

  2. Roni Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I agree with Jerry going home but I thought Sue should have also went home not Tara. I’m so glad Jerry did get the boot because he was a huge trash talker. In the beginning Bekki was the trash talker but it seems she has turned herself around. I think the last three standing will be Bekki, Ian, and Matt.

  3. Patty Weekley Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 3:23 am

    RJ is the best!!! He wins hands down with technique & attitude

  4. dilia Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    my personal faveorites are Ian and Rayce. i think they are both very talented and are nice people who dont get caught up in the drama


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