Face Off

Face Off
Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career. Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Michael Agbabian and Dwight Smith serving as executive producers.

Genre: Reality

  • Watch Face Off Season 6Updated!

    • Episode 10

      What a DahlNew!

      aired: Tue, Mar 18, 2014

      The contestants must create looks inspired by famous Roald Dahl creations! Featuring Roald’s daughter, Lucy, as a guest judge.

    • Episode 9

      Mad Science

      aired: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

      Inspired by famous mad scientists of yore, the remaining contestants must create the ultimate (read: gruesome) medical guinea pig.

    • Episode 8

      Ego Trip AbroadNew!

      aired: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

      Face Off travels to Japan, where the contestants must create their own Anime characters – with a twist.

    • Episode 7

      Open SesameNew!

      aired: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

      Inspired by a diverse group of wands, the contestants must come up with their own wizard character.

    • Episode 6

      Cryptic CreaturesNew!

      aired: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

      The contestants must create their own mythical creatures AND make up an entire Orc army.

    • Episode 5

      In the ShadowsNew!

      aired: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

      The contestants must take inspiration from mysterious silhouettes and create their own creature. Featuring guest judge Oren Peli, director of Paranormal Activity.

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    • Episode 11

      Living the Dream

      aired: Mon, Mar 25, 2013

      Three finalists face the incredibly difficult task of creating waterproof makeups for the spectacular show, Le Reve: The Dream at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

    • Episode 10

      Alien Apocalypse

      aired: Mon, Mar 18, 2013

      The artists are surprised with a trip to Toronto where they visit the set of the epic new Syfy series, Defiance to inspire original alien creations.

    • Episode 9

      Mummy Mayhem

      aired: Mon, Mar 11, 2013

      The remaining artists create Egyptian God mummies inspired by the Evil Dead franchise.

    • Episode 8

      It’s Better in the Dark

      aired: Mon, Mar 4, 2013

      The seven remaining artists create never-before-seen creatures that glow in the dark, and are faced with a high-stakes twist.

    • Episode 7

      Howl at the Moon

      aired: Mon, Feb 25, 2013

      The artists create a horde of zombies, then head out into the moonlit night and team up to create planet-inspired alien werewolves.

    • Episode 6

      6. Bugging Out

      aired: Tue, Feb 19, 2013

      The artists choose abstract, microscopic images and are surprised to find out they are the inspiration for a creepy-crawly bug-themed Spotlight Challenge.\

    • Episode 5

      Two Heads Are Better Than One

      aired: Mon, Feb 11, 2013

      The artists team up to tackle larger-than-life giant characters based on the ancient fable, Jack the Giant Killer. Guest judge: Writer, producer and director, Bryan Singer.

    • Episode 4

      Eye Candy

      aired: Mon, Feb 4, 2013

      The artists create confection-inspired creatures incorporating real candy found throughout the sweetly transformed lab.

    • Episode 3

      3. When Hell Freezes Over

      aired: Tue, Feb 5, 2013

      The artists tackle a sinister demon challenge and are later faced with an unexpected twist.

    • Episode 2

      Heroic Proportions

      aired: Mon, Jan 21, 2013

      The artists create original superheroes for the season's first individual Spotlight Challenge and compete for the chance to have their design featured in a DC Comics book.

    • Episode 1

      Make It Reign

      aired: Mon, Jan 14, 2013

      In their first Spotlight Challenge, the 14 artists create stunning fantasy goblin kings and are judged by Hollywood royalty, iconic actor John Rhys-Davies.

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    • Episode 10

      The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge

      aired: Tue, Mar 13, 2012

      The remaining contestants are shocked to learn their final creations will be unveiled as part of a dance routine in front of a large audience. One competitor is named the series winner.

    • Episode 9


      aired: Tue, Mar 6, 2012

      Contestants visit the Los Angeles Natural History Museum where they are tasked with creating a human-dinosaur hybrid.

    • Episode 8


      aired: Wed, Mar 28, 2012

      Contestants are challenged to create a whimsical character that is worthy of appearing in a Tim Burton film.

    • Episode 7

      Alien Interpreters

      aired: Tue, Feb 21, 2012

      The contestants work with a special surprise client in order to create an original alien creature.

    • Episode 6

      Triple Threat

      aired: Wed, Mar 14, 2012

      The contestants work in teams to complete old age make-ups on twins, but soon discover that their models are really triplets, and so the teams must devise new strategies to finish in time.

    • Episode 5

      Dangerous Beauty

      aired: Wed, Mar 7, 2012

      For their Foundation Challenge, the contestants meet in the woods where they learn they'll be creating werewolf trauma wounds on their models. Sam Huntington, star of Syfy's hit Being Human, judges the challenge. Later, the contestants are stunned when they return to the lab and see it filled with dangerous plants and animals including a rhino, bear, leopard, wolves, cobalt tarantulas, poisonous dart frogs, a water monitor and snakes. For the Spotlight Challenge, the contestants are paired into teams and must select one animal and one plant to serve as inspiration for an original creature that is not only beautiful, but also deadly. On the Face Off reveal stage, actress Vivica A. Fox joins the judges' panel for the challenge results and greets the contestants. After the elimination, the contestants are stunned when host McKenzie Westmore tells them the night isn't over yet and she has a surprise waiting for them...

    • Episode 4

      Night Terrors

      aired: Wed, Feb 29, 2012

      The contestants are awakened in the middle of the night and told to depart for a mystery location. They arrive at Linda Vista Community Hospital, an abandoned hospital in Los Angeles that is believed to be haunted. For their Spotlight Challenge, each contestant selects a phobia (razors, electricity, parasites, etc.) and must then create a horror villain that personifies that fear. For inspiration, the contestants are then sent to eerie hospital rooms to work on their individual designs in the dark. At the lab, the contestants are ecstatic to meet guest judge and horror icon, Tom Savini (Day of the Dead). Later, when the characters are revealed on the Face Off stage, one insecure contestant achieves a stunning triumph, while two cocky contestants completely crash and burn. GUEST JUDGE: Tom Savini.

    • Episode 3

      Rock Your Body

      aired: Wed, Feb 22, 2012

      Contestants are asked to create art worthy of hip-hop star Asher Roth's album cover, but are surprised to find out they'll be body-painting nude models. GUEST JUDGE: Asher Roth

    • Episode 2

      Water World

      aired: Wed, Feb 15, 2012

      Contestants arrive at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and learn their Spotlight Challenge is to select a fish that serves as inspiration for an original sea creature makeup. But there's a twist: the creatures will be unveiled in a massive water tank on stage in front of the judges. The teams immediately get to work trying to create make-ups that are not only beautiful but also waterproof. While most teams quickly find a common ground, one bickering team struggles. It all leads to the most dramatic makeup reveals yet with the contestants watching nervously as their sea creatures are completely submerged in water. Several of the creatures are stunning triumphs but one is a disaster the moment it hits the water.

    • Episode 1

      Return to Oz

      aired: Thu, Jan 12, 2012

      In the second season premiere of Syfy's hit reality competition series, Face Off, fourteen special effects make-up artists meet at the Universal Studios backlot and are presented with their first Foundation Challenge -- to create an original character from head-to-toe using items they find in make-up, wardrobe and prop trailers. The contestants meet at the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood and learn their Spotlight Challenge is to completely recreate four classic charactersm -- the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion and Wicked Witch of the West -- from L. Frank Baum's classic novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Next, the contestants are informed that they'll be competing in two teams -- the men versus the women. It all leads to a spectacular finish on the Face Off Reveal Stage where completely re-imagined versions of these iconic characters are unveiled, and the first contestant is eliminated.

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    • Episode 8

      Twisted Tales

      aired: Tue, Mar 15, 2011

      In the final spotlight challenge, the remaining three contestants are assigned a classic fairy tale such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. They must create two characters inspired by one of the tales, and place them in a fully art directed scene. For the final judging, the fairy tale tableaus are put on display in a cocktail party setting, and the winner of Face Off is revealed.

    • Episode 7

      Family Plot

      aired: Wed, Mar 9, 2011

      The families of the five remaining competitors are stationed in a local Los Angeles wig shop in order to play a part in this week’s spotlight challenge. The contestants will have to disguise themselves and interact with their family members without being discovered.

    • Episode 6

      The Dancing Dead

      aired: Wed, Mar 2, 2011

      For this week’s spotlight challenge, the contestants must craft an original zombie. Their design must not only be creative, it must be functional and able to withstand the rigors of performing a choreographed dance routine. The final results are revealed in an eerie cemetery scene as the zombies perform a dance in front of the judges. Guest judging is Greg Nicotero, Academy Award winning artist on The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    • Episode 5

      Switched and Hitched

      aired: Wed, Feb 23, 2011

      The contestants are divided into teams of two and challenged to transform a "bride" into a "groom" and a "groom" into a "bride".

    • Episode 4

      Bad to the Bone

      aired: Wed, Feb 16, 2011

      The artists pay a visit to the backlot of Universal Studios and the iconic Psycho House, where they meet Sean Cunningham, director and producer of the original Friday the 13th. For the spotlight challenge, the contestants must first create an original horror villain, and then collaborate with a production designer to create a movie poster with an original title and tagline. Sean Cunningham joins the judges to critique the results.

    • Episode 3

      Out of This World

      aired: Wed, Feb 9, 2011

      For the spotlight challenge, the artists visit the famous Star Trek television series filming location, Vasquez Rocks, in Southern California. While there, they are given details on their next challenge from legendary FX artist Michael Westmore, best known for his make-up work in various Star Trek productions. Their assignment is to imagine and create a creature that would inhabit a newly discovered planet. Details on the planet’s features including environmental, geological and meteorological data are given to the contestants, who must work in teams of two to complete the challenge.

    • Episode 2

      Naked Ambition

      aired: Wed, Feb 2, 2011

      In the second episode of Face Off, the artists must apply original full body make-up to nude subjects in the vein of Demi Moore’s "Birthday Suit" cover for Vanity Fair. World-renowned and revolutionary body painter Filippo Ioco serves as guest judge.

    • Episode 1

      Welcome to the Jungle

      aired: Wed, Jan 26, 2011

      Face Off is a reality competition series set in the magical world of special effects and make-up artistry. The series introduces twelve of the brightest up-and-coming special-effects make-up artists, who meet in Los Angeles for their first elimination challenge. Their task is to imagine an entirely new species - an human/animal hybrid - based on one of three exotic animals that are brought into their workspace lab. Judging the series is multiple Academy-award winner Ve Neill, famed special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick and director and creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos. McKenzie Westmore hosts the series.

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