I was lucky enough to be given a press preview disc of Face Off season four’s upcoming premiere — and what a treat it is. The upcoming edition, which has a 90-minute debut on Tuesday, features 14 all-new aspiring special effects makeup artists in one of television’s best reality shows that features absolute talent. While this season’s premiere episode isn’t as exciting as last season’s unpredictable turn of events in which Joe quit the competition, it is still a fun example of reality television at its finest. Within minutes of the 14 newbies gathering together, the competition begins with a big battle of royalty.
A batch of 14 newbies are ready to battle in television’s epic monster mash as Face Off returns to SyFy for its fourth season on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. SyFy.com has posted bios on the new contestants — which includes a guy who has been dating a former Face Off contestant. Get the gory guts on the new contestants and read about a strange cast-announcement mystery by cutting deep into this story!
For the first time ever, the Face Off winner was crowned based on America’s vote during a live one-hour finale on Halloween night. The entire cast, well, all of them but quitter Joe who voluntarily left in the first episode, reunited together to watch either Derek, Laura or Nicole rewarded with the title of Face Off champion along with $100,000, a new Toyota and the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at the Makeup Forever academies in New York and Paris. Who is the new champion? The details are inside…
After weeks of competition, it all comes down to this: Laura. Nicole. Derek. The final three Face Off contestants squared off in their last challenge of the season battling for the $100,000 grand prize and title of champion. The task for the epic final challenge was actually a really neat concept with a Halloween twist. More details and close-up photos of all the finished makeups are inside!
Every Halloween season, one former reality star likes to lurk inside the Bloodview Haunted House in Broadview Heights, Ohio (just south of Cleveland). The night we stopped by Bloodview to chat with Beki Ingram from Face Off season two, she was dressed in a black costume portraying a “shadow demon.” During our exclusive interview with Beki, she offered behind-the-scenes details about different elements of Face Off. With the third season about to crown a winner, it’s the perfect time to check in with Beki. Dive inside this story to watch our exclusive interview to hear everything Beki has to say, including why watching season three makes her “anxiety ridden.”
Roy, Nicole, Laura and Derek: The final four Face Off season 3 contestants. This week’s episode sent one more packing and left us with the final three who will compete for the grand prize in next week’s finale. For this week’s challenge, the aspiring special effects makeup artists found themselves in Griffith Park face to face with four different over-the-top, bloody crime scenes — each with a murder victim who “died” in a not-so-normal way. Each contestant had to choose one of the death scenarios as their motivation to create the creature that likely caused the gruesome death. For a show based on special effects makeup, this was a really cool concept.
Face Off took a robotic twist this week as the final five aspiring makeup artists worked to create an original cyborg character. To help get them each motivated for the project, the contestants were taken to a junkyard where they gathered various parts to include in their final product. While I didn’t think this task would interest me very much since cyborgs aren’t my thing, I was extremely impressed by some of the finished makeups.
Being on a reality show, they say, might make you famous some day.
The Face Off contents aspiring for success, found themselves in Seussian stress.
After stopping by the home of the Grinch, the contestants once again found themselves in a time pinch.
While battling to survive another round, one’s lackluster makeup sent them homeward bound.
Hey, at least it actually rhymes.
While I am definitely no Dr. Seuss, his masterful mix of words and crazy creations were used as the motivation for this week’s spotlight challenge. Standing on the Universal Studios backlot in a snowy scene ripped straight from Dr. Seuss’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” the remaining makeup artists met with host McKenzie Westmore who revealed the next spotlight challenge: To create a human-hybrid creation inspired by a character from Dr. Seuss’s “Sleep Book.” Awesome! I love Dr. Seuss! Naturally, I loved the way the finished makeups came out. Jump inside the rest of the story to see close-up photos of every Seuss makeup.
With only six contestants left in the competition, Face Off welcomed a monster twist to the competition. “Today’s challenge could potentially change someone’s life,” host McKenzie Westmore said before revealing that all of the formerly eliminated makeup artists — except for quitter Joe — were back to compete for a shot back in the game. Ah, ripping a twist right from Survivor. Appropriately, the theme for the redemption-style Foundation Challenge was based on Day of the Dead since one of the five ousted artists would rise from the grave and be given new life in the competition. Which ousted artist resurrected their life and returned to the battle? Dive inside to find out more and to see close-up shots of all the finished makeups!
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!