Face Off Season 5: Vets vs Rookies
It’s time for Face Off, SyFy’s popular take on Project Runway. We’re only a few seasons in, yet the producers are already nervously toying with the format. This time, half the cast are returning contestants. These eight have been promoted and advertised, including a two-hour special that ran last week.
The other eight we meet in a montage as they enter a room full of mask wearing ball goers. There they meet our host, McKenzie Westmore. Eight of the ball goers turn out to be our Vets, five are from the cast of Heroes of Cosplay (airing next on SyFy!) and the rest are costumes in need of makeup! It’s our first Foundation Challenge. Catherine Hardwicke is on hand to judge.
All the top makeups shown are by Vets, while the lesser results are by the Rookies. Three looks are worthy of immunity: Roy’s drawn man, Tate’s creepy princess and Laura’s pretty witch. Hardwicke decides immunity goes to Tate.
After a stop to show that SyFy is renting one of those VH1 reality dating show houses, everyone joins McKenzie in the
Kodak Dolby Theater (home of the Oscars and Idol finales!) for the Spotlight Challenge. Face Off does teams of two challenges every time we have even numbers, but not this week. It’s Group Teams! The teams are “Vets” vs “Rookies.” Each team will make five classical fantasy looks: Ogre, Pixie, Faun, Troll and Witch. Bill Corso shows up to say “Continuity of Make Up Is Important,” and then goes away again.
In the workshop, the Vets get along, unwilling to step on anyone’s toes (not even Frank, who was given a heavy redemption edit coming into his return.) Alana doesn’t even fall down or anything. The Rookies all want to prove they’re good sports and as mature as the Vets.
Day two: The Westmore WalkThrough.
- Lyma (Rookie): Pixie. Michael says her detail work is too subtle and tells her to make it bigger.
- Laney&Rick (Rookies): Faun. Michael advises them on how to make fur look like real hair.
- Adolfo (Rookie): Troll. I think the ears look like a pig. Michael thinks it looks too human.
- Sam&Scott (Rookies): Witch. Michael thinks their neck needs to come down farther.
- Eddie&Tolin (Rookies): Ogre. They’re planning on putting the mouth at the actors neck level. McKenzie thinks this really cool.
- Laura (Vet): Witch. It has fingers coming out of the back. Bigger! says Michael.
- Roy (Vet): Faun. Michael worries the branchlike horns might bounce.
- Alana&Miranda (Vets): Pixie. When they say “mohawk,” Michael says “You might regret that.”
That’s all we have time for. Sorry Tate, Frank, RJ and EricZ! We already knew you guys anyway. They’re saving the Frank-Westmore redemption moment for another episode.
There’s mold drama, always mold drama. Unlike last season, only Adolfo is polyfoaming on application day, and he has no paint on his Troll when they leave for last looks. Scott patronizes Sam as they paint their witch. Miranda and Alana freak out about their moddle not having her clothes on yet.
Let’s go to the makeup.
No guest judge this week! Our regular three judges are Neville, Ve and Glenn.
Top Team: Vets
Roy: Faun. The horns are awesome. I hate the eyes. What’s with the metal spirals?
Tate: Troll. IT’S CARRYING A FETUS. Knobby, woody, one eye…IT’S CARRYING A FETUS.
Frank,RJ&Eric: Ogre. The knuckledragging arms are too lightweight. The detail work on the fingers and toes is good. I’m uncertain about the smallness of the face. Neville agrees the head is too small for the legs. Glenn says it’s just hands feet and head, there’s no body.
Laura: Witch. It’s un-Laura-like: it’s not pretty. The finger spikes in the back are cool. It feels like it belongs in a world with the Fetus carrying troll, and helps tie in the Pixie. Glenn gives her the expected tongue bath. Ve is less impressed, pointing out all the problems in the paint job.
Alana&Miranda: Pixie. The detailing work is lovely. I love the ears within ears. Neville note up close how precise the sculpt work is. Glenn loves the multi tiered ears. The sculpting credits go to Miranda, and since that’s what they love most about the character, she is given the win.
Bottom Team: Rookies
Lyma: Pixie. The skull is not symmetrical and looks like one size of her head was smashed in. It doesn’t look like it came from the same world as the Ogre, Faun or Troll.
Scott&Sam: Witch. The body is grey, the arms blue. The skull is also not symmetrical, but that’s due to two different paint jobs. It only matches the Pixie.
Laney&Rick: Faun. The hair feels like it’s organic because of the way it thinly layers the face. The airbrush work is good. Glenn wonders if the hair being brought down so low on the face was intentional. When Laney says that was her idea, he calls it brilliant. Ve loves the overall look.
Adolfo: Troll. It’s a Pig straight out of Daleks In Manhattan. The paint job is flat. It looks like he did a good job repairing the neck though. Neville points out that the facial musculature is all wrong. Ve hates that he didn’t even get a good paint job on to save the sculpt. But the fact that he worked on his own counts in his favor.
Eddie&Tolin Ogre. I like the idea of big red face but it looks like a cartoon. The shoulders are too narrow. The hands don’t look usable. Ve says the proportions are so off. She hate how the breadth of the shoulders don’t match the head. When Tolin tries to argue that the shoulders look bigger with him on all fours, she disagrees “Now it looks like a blob with a head.” Apparently arguing back and not understanding that what they made wasn’t good weighs the odds against Tolin, and he is eliminated.
Coming up this season: Trick elements! Ballet dancers! Elvira! And Alana cries!