March 14, 2012 09:17 PM by Ryan Haidet
They’ve created monsters, creatures, aliens and more. But tonight, the winner of Face Off was crowned following an intense final battle. With the help of previously eliminated contestants, RJ, Rayce and Ian were tasked with making three creations within a specific genre in just four days. Those creations then had to hold up well enough to make it through a choreographed dance in front of the judges. Who did the judges choose as the winner? Read on to find out and to see close-up images of each finished makeup.
For the final task, Rayce was teamed up with Heather, Jerry and Miranda; RJ was teamed up with Beki, Athena and Brea; Ian was teamed up with Tara, Matt and Sue. Despite previous conflicts this season, the drama was very limited as everybody seemed to work hard to help their partner win.
After all four days for the task came to a close, the final three found themselves at the Alex Theater in Los Angeles for the big reveal. But instead of it being a quiet stage like all the previous eliminations, they would be showing off their final makeups before a live audience.
Here is a look at each of the final makeups:
Ian — Horror genre: — Initially, Ian didn’t want the horror genre because he’s not a fan of it. That’s quite surprising, considering he’s an aspiring special effects makeup artist. They tend to play major roles in horror. Anyway, he was pleased when his models walked out on the stage. “The lights are hitting them, it looks awesome. … The feeling I’m wanting to portray in the makeups is definitely there, but the paint jobs aren’t anywhere like I wanted them to be.” Judge Glenn Hetrick had positive and negative things to say about the work. “I think that you have some exceptional concepts, but not sure how they integrate together. There’s a massive contrast of color. They’re too far apart. The three of them aren’t married. But, I love the sculpture. I’ve never seen that makeup before.”
RJ — Fantasy genre: “I’m getting a little worried because when my makeup comes out I’m not hearing the crowd response that I was hoping to get,” RJ said. “Overall, I can’t be more happy with the way they look because in my head that’s exactly what I saw.” Judge Ve Neill was very excited by the work RJ had done. “This is really interesting and unique. Every single character is a complete makeup head-to-toe. Fabulous job.” Glenn also offered his thoughts. “The phoenix character is cool from the front, but is even cooler from the side. I love the fiber optics, I love the profile of the feathers. If I have any concerns at all, it is some of the airbrushing seems a bit directionless. … That is a minor complaint with the amount of work that you guys accomplished.”
Rayce — Sci-fi genre: “They look cool,” Rayce said after his models first walked out on stage. “They look so much better on stage than they did when they were walking away from the trailer. … I’m feeling really good right now.” Glenn thought the work was fantastic. “You’ve come up with three amazing makeups. They are exceptional. The sculptures are exceptional.”
After each creation was showcased on the stage, all nine models broke out into their choreographed dance, which I actually thought would be so much cooler than it was. The song they were dancing to was nothing like I expected it would be. It didn’t fit at all. The makeups were so much cooler than the music allowed them to come across. It was sadly kind of silly.
When the dance was finished, the live audience voted for their favorite makeups (they chose Rayce’s work). The audience and makeup artists were dismissed from the theater as the three judges deliberated their decision.
Moments later, the final three contestants were brought back out to the stage to hear the judges reveal that Rayce was the winner. “I can’t believe it,” he said. “I understand how huge winning Face Off is and how it’s going to change my life and change my family’s life. I am so grateful of this experience. … I can’t go back to being a tattoo artist. Now there’s this ambition spark that’s just burning inside of me and I want to go make movies right now.”
In addition to exposure in the makeup effects business, Rayce walked away with $100,000, a year’s supply of Alcone makeup products and a 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
What do you think of Rayce being named the winner? Do you think he is the most deserving? What did you think of the dance the models did? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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