The Cosmetic Ultralounge

Face Off: Fashion & Science Fiction

By Gunner Glam

Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other create prostheses such as those found in science fiction and horror films.

Actress McKenzie Westmore, a member of the Westmore Family of makeup artists, serves as the show’s host, with judges being Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill (Ed Wood, Beetlejuice), television makeup artist Glenn Hetrick  (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5) and creature designer and director Patrick Tatopoulos (I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Exctinction, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).

Industry figures and artists including Sean S. Cunningham, Filippo Ioco, Greg Nicotero and Michael Westmore serve as guest judges.

Each week, artists face a Spotlight Challenge and in some weeks a Foundation Challenge where the Foundation Challenge winner receives an advantage in the Spotlight Challenge.

Season one of the series premiered January 26, 2011 and featured twelve prosthetic makeup artists competing in a series of challenges to create makeup effects.

The winner, Conor McCullagh of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, received $100,000 and a year’s supply of makeup, which was described as a “grand prize that will launch a career.”

Face Off drew an average audience of 1.4 million viewers per episode during season one.

Syfy announced on March 16, 2011 the show had been renewed for a second season with casting slated to begin the same month.

Season two premiered on January 11, 2012.

The second season will feature 14 prosthetic makeup artists.

Challenges include re-imagining characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, waterproof sea creatures and bringing phobias to life and building dinosaur and human hybrids.

Guest judges for the season include Asher Roth, Tom Savini, Catherine O’Hara, Sam Huntington, Vivica A. Fox and LeVar Burton.

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11 responses

  1. Hottie McNaughty

    I love this show!

    February 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

  2. Having a double major of business and theatre I enjoy Face Off, a wonderfully creative show. Thanks for sharing, Jay

    February 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM

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    Reblogged this on Frank X-Ray.

    February 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

  4. I enjoyed the first season … I didn’t know it was back on. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

    February 5, 2012 at 1:27 AM

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  6. This is a most interesting show! Pretty cool.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:26 AM

  7. I’ve been hooked since the 1st episode! Love the creative shows and this is definitely a creative one!

    February 7, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    • It is indeed, there is a whole industry that people may not be aware of with prosthetic and film makeup. With this show people can get an idea of the time and effort needed to go in for just a single shot. Glad you enjoyed reading.

      February 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

  8. so great!! And thank you for following me!

    February 9, 2012 at 12:13 AM

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