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Face Off 3 Recap: Selling Out To A Video Game

September 26, 2012 09:55 AM by Ryan Haidet

Thankfully, this week’s episode of Face Off included two challenges, which this season has mostly been lacking.  Sadly, neither challenge was based on anything very compelling — the spotlight challenge was actually just a giant commercial for a video game.  It was sad to see the main motivation for the competition basically being used as an additional way to make some cash from the company promoting the new game.  Whether you believe it or not, this was totally selling out.  Despite the disappointing premise for the competition, the final makeups turned out pretty cool.  Head inside the article to see close-up pictures of the complete makeups and to find out who was eliminated!

Right off the bat, the remaining contestants went to the lab to compete in a fast foundation challenge hoping to win immunity.  Each artist had to create an exaggerated beauty makeup on a female model using her outrageous dress as their basis.  Roy won the challenge and claimed immunity despite being immediately worried that he would struggle with the task and make his model look like a hooker.

Stupid Challenge

Sadly, the spotlight challenge was a total sellout since the motivation surrounded shameful promotion of Dishonored, a soon-to-be-released video game.  After watching what was essentially a brief commercial for the video game, the contestants were told they needed to create an original and over-the-top version of a character from the video game.  Ugh.  The most frustrating thing for me about this challenge is that these contestants were creating their makeups on something they had likely never heard of but looked as if they were psyched about the game.  It was an embarrassing attempt by the network to inflate advertising dollars.  If you didn’t think this was a promotional tie-in right away, the first actual commercial in the hour was for the game, which will be released in stores Oct. 9.  Plus, we were reminded repeatedly that Dishonored is one o the most highly anticipated games of the year.

Finished Makeups

Here’s how the makeups were presented to the judges:

Middle Of The Pack

Without offering any critiques, the judges ranked Alana, Roy and Laura’s makeups as neither the best nor the worst.  They were in the middle of the pack, which made them instantly safe.




Best Looks

Rod “It was delightful when I saw him because it’s like nothing you’ve done before,” judge Ve Neill said.  Judge Glenn Hetrick said the makeup was handled beautifully and told Rod he came up with something successful.

Derek “His head is bad ass,” judge Neville Page said.  “I do love the fact that his nose is all smashed in like that,” Ve said.  “I love the aesthetic of it.  Good job.”  In the end, the judges determined Derek’s makeup was the best and named him as the best of the challenge.

Worst Looks

Sarah “It looks malformed,” Glenn said.  “I feel that you’ve lost the vision on this one,” Ve said.

Tommy “What happened with the arms?” Ve asked.  “It looks like you’ve got them duct taped on.”  She said his sculpting and coloration were poor and said he missed the boat with his makeup.  For his lackluster work, Tommy was eliminated from the competition.

What did you think of the episode?  Which makeup was your favorite?  Which did you like the least?  Did the judges make the right decision?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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One Response to “Face Off 3 Recap: Selling Out To A Video Game”

  1. Bernie Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I actually thought it was a really neat challenge. Sure, it was one giant advertisement, but it wasn’t really that different from previous spotlight challenges based on movies. I thought it was really interesting to see where the contestants decided to take their character based on their class and the whole idea of them having to do face distortions was great. Overall I was more impressed with the results this week than last week. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing them do more video game based episodes in future seasons. Maybe something by BioWare?


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