Face Off Episode 404
Original Airdate: 5 February 2013
In This Episode...
We start with a time-wasting foundation challenge: to turn a female model into a bearded sideshow woman with hand-applied facial hair. Eric Z. won with a simple, natural, and realistic beard. He gets immunity this week.
The spotlight challenge requires each contestant to create an original candy monster or creature. Real candy must be incorporated into the makeups. Will Cotton, a stylist who worked with Katy Perry, is the guest judge.
Anthony created Colonel Candy. It was clean, it was cute, it incorporated the candy well. He was deemed safe - he would have been one of my top picks, but I suspect the judges were trying to give others a chance to shine.
Eric Z. made a candy witch with a gingerbread house hump on its back. This was nothing special.
Wayne made a sugar rock candy troll. Another perfectly average, perfectly adequate design. Safe.
Meagan, strong with beauty makeup, made a sugar plum fairy that kind of looked like a lollipop. The application was terrible, with makeup peeling up around the mouth and eyes, but it wasn’t the worst application of the night. She is safe.
Eric F. made a melting gummy glutton. An enormous fat man ate so much gummy candy it was seeping out of his pores and made him melt. It was a really fun, grotesque, and unique design. Safe.
Alam made an Anime-style character with vacant, creepy eyes, plastic features, and a candy costume. Glenn liked the lifeless quality of the face, saying it made her look more like a toy. Neville liked the cohesiveness of the costuming. She is a top contender.
House made a character he called Sweet Tooth Suzy, whose belly gnashes and chomps wildly. This was one of my favorites. The paint job was a little sloppy but the sculpt was awesome and the monster belly was wonderfully gruesome. Neville called it a “showstopper.” House lucked out - his model was also a belly dancer, so she could really work the chomper. House is a top contender.
Kris made a candy Predator creature. He had probably the best back story: Halloween candy fights back against kids eating it. It forms a monster and goes around eating trick-or-treaters. Ve loved that he used candy corn as the teeth and fingernails, and Neville liked the licorice used to create pectoral muscles. He is a top contender.
Autumn... oh Autumn. She hated this challenge and it showed. She kind of looked down on the challenge, obviously not enjoying the cutesy-ness of this challenge. Her original plan was to make a half-eaten gummy bear - an idea which I loved - but her hatred devolved into making a sour gummy bear. The face was more cat than bear, which worried Glenn, because a gummy bear face should not be that hard to sculpt. Neville couldn’t get past the technical issues, of which there were many. Nothing was blended or looked finished. Overall, it was just a mess. She was a bottom look.
Alex created a little pageant girl who ate too much candy and it was turning her evil and seeping out of her pores. Aside from the conceptual problems, there was an “appalling lack of makeup” according to Glenn, and what was there was horribly applied. None of the edges were flat and Ve could actually slip her finger between the appliance and the skin. She was a bottom look.
Jenna made a tooth fairy who gave kids candy to make their teeth rot. She was still having hand problems, and used this as an excuse for why her head prosthetic looked like a soufflé deflating on her head. Aside from a crown of rock candy, there was no candy incorporated into her makeups. Ve is worried that her injured hands are not just the problem, but the fact that Jenna doesn’t seem to have the ability to make good decisions. She is a bottom look.
Kris won, I suspect because his design had the best use of candy. I think that Jenna got the sympathy vote, because it was Alex who was sent home.
Dig It or Bury It?
I was really disappointed in the creations this week. I loved the challenge, but thought so many of them were poorly executed. Quite frankly, I think this is the weakest crop of contestants Face Off has ever had.
It’s another movie tie-in: create a giant two-headed monster inspired by Jack the Giant Killer.