The fifth episode of Face Off, a makeup reality competition series featuring Makeup Design for Film & Television grad Sarah Elizabeth, aired last night. In case you missed it, the episode is available online on Space in Canada and Syfy in the US. You can also take a look at our recaps of episodes One, Two, Three, and Four as well as a Q&A with Sarah about the show.
This week, the makeup artists jumped right into their 3-day Spotlight Challenge. After gathering near the famous cave used in the classic Batman television series, host McKenzie Westmore told the competitors that they would be creating a superhero and a sidekick, inspired by a classic vehicle. After the vehicles zoomed into view, the artists, paired off into groups of two, took their pick. Sarah and her partner Derek selected the AJS Motorcycle and Sidecar.
After each team had chosen their inspiration, Season 2 winner Rayce Bird helped them finesse their concept. Sarah and Derek decided on a female superhero with no actual super powers – Indiana Jones meets Dick Tracy.
Throughout the sculpting and molding phase of the challenge, it is clear that Sarah and Derek are both feeling frustrated and are not on the same page. When judge Ve Neill pays the artists a visit during the molding phase, she tells Sarah to ease up on the huge scar she was creating for the superhero’s face as it is important to keep her sexy and attractive. Sarah and Derek’s issues continue during the application phase of the competition with Sarah worrying about the fact that she hadn’t used many prosthetics. She hopes that her beauty makeup and hair styling will be enough. Derek is worried about the sidekick’s jaw and face not staying in place and being too heavy.
At the reveal stage, the judges find problems with Derek and Sarah’s characters. Neville Page thinks the superhero looks cool but doesn’t see the look. Ve says she looks like she just has a dirty makeup. All the judges find fault with Derek’s sidekick telling him everything about his jaw and lips are problematic. The one bright spot comes from guest judge Kevin Smith, who tells them he feels that their creations look the most like superheros.
In the end, Alana and Roy are selected as the top team for their complete characters that tied in well with their chosen vehicle. For creating a character that looked like it just stepped out of a comic book, Alana, the youngest competitor on the show, comes out on top. In the bottom this week are Sarah and Derek and Rod and Jason. While the judges like Sarah and Derek’s concept, they felt a lot was missing.
Ultimately, Jason is sent packing for creating a sculpture that didn’t represent the concept. Although, it seems that all might not be lost as Kevin Smith jokingly offers him a job before he leaves the stage. If he brings jelly donuts.