On Tuesday’s installment of “Face Off” the artists were woken up at 2:30 in the morning by a macabre voice that instructed them to go to their workshop, and once there in complete darkness, screen lit and it was McKenzie Westmore surrounded by ecstatic on the screen with glaring evil eyes and broken voice telling them that their challenge was to create an evil clown, but the make up would have to include their worst fear as a child.
They got to sketch in the dark workshop and with the only light available that coming from their laptop’s screens. And then during molding just about everyone had issues with their make-ups, either uninspired, or uncertain that what they devised in theory would not be plausible in actuality. They also needed to create a makeup that would withstand a performance as real clowns do, acrobatics, juggling, and jumping included.
And then it was time for the Reveal Stage and where the judges first look at all make ups, then get a closer look and study all the details, and lastly speak with the artists and get insight into the thinking process that brought them to conceive the makeup in question, first up was Cig whose childhood fear was dark water, and it looked terrifying indeed right out of someone’s nightmares. Dina followed with her clown creation derived from her childhood fear of tornadoes, and it did look as a character that was impaled with birthday trinkets upon a tornado surely ruining the party. Stella followed with her fear of monsters under the bed, and it did have a very ominous and horrifying appearance of all that is feared by a child in the dark. Damien was next with his clown based on fear of spiders and although it was clear that spiders were at the core of this make up, the colors in the face just did not vibe with the overall concept of a clown being eaten by spiders from the inside out. Drew came next with his clown based on fear of spiders as well and this was creeper and more up to par with the creation of a nightmarish ghoul. Sasha followed with her clown based on her fear of old dolls and her make up was indeed creepy with this stern made up face and messed up hair that would give chills to anyone. George came next with his clown based on fear of worms and the make up was grotesque with those tiny waves resembling worm upon worm, overall disgusting, creepy, and just outstanding make up, and then Rachael with her make up based on her childhood fear of cockroaches and rather than clownish it looked more as though a metamorphoses was taking place. Then it was time for the performance and it was high paced and exhilarating with all sorts of performances going on simultaneously and all the make-ups held together and to the relief of all the artists no embarrassing mishaps.
And after the judges took a closer look at all the make ups, it was time to find out who was safe and which were at the top and unfortunately who were those at the bottom, first of all Stella, George, and Rachael were asked to step forward and their scores kept them safe for another week. Then those left represented the best and the worse make ups, Dina, Cig, and Sasha were given much praise for creativity and smart choices in color and details, on the other hand Drew and Damien were at the bottom with flawed creations that just did not measure up to the level of competition at this stage of the show.
Sasha was the winner and she earned it without question, painting the clown colors on an old porcelain doll face was fantastic, the crevices showing cracks on the delicate face were a touch of genius, and Damien was asked to pack his kit, because his make up just missed the mark completely and with only eight remaining, the room for errors is just about inexistent. Recaps and episodes can be watched online at www.syfy.com/faceoff
“Face Off” runs on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on SYFY.