TV Recap: 'Face Off' Episode 507 - 'Living Art'



Face Off Episode 507
“Living Art”
Original Airdate: 24 September 2013

In This Episode...

We start with a foundation challenge hosted by Elvira. The contestants are given two hours to create their own Mistress of the Dark. Elvira is looking for a hip, cool, young, edgy take on her look. She chooses Roy’s look, for being sexy, spooky, and funny. Roy wins immunity for the week as well as a makeup kit from Krylon.

The spotlight challenge this week asks each contestant to select an iconic art movement and create a character that could live in a piece of art.

The Creations

Laney’s art style was pop art. She wanted to show media’s effect on women. I thought the paint job came off as sloppy, but Neville thought she nailed the pop art style and made an interesting character. Ve thought it was fabulous.

Laura chose cubism. She had a beautiful asymmetrical sculpt and a brilliant paint job. Glenn thought it was stunning. Ve thought it was immaculate and exquisite. Neville simply loved it.

Eddie chose expressionism. He has always been inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Starry Night” so his version is “Stressful Stressful Night.” His swirling sculpt was cool, but the red paint job flattened it out. Neville thought it looked like burn makeup and it needed another color. Ve thought it was too monochromatic, and Glenn thought it looked too much like a mask.

Tate’s art style was surrealism. He ran into a problem on day two, when he dropped his mold on his hand, crushed several fingers, and had to be taken to the ER. Three hours and 13 stitches later, Tate returns. In the time he was gone, Roy and Laura spearheaded an effort among the contestants to help Tate as much as they could while he was gone. They opened and cleaned the mold and put in the first layer of foam. Unfortunately, his concept wasn’t really surreal - it was just weird. A castle, a sprite, glitter, vines... weird. Ve didn’t think it was surreal, and Neville thought it wasn’t “makeup-y” enough. It looked like a costume.

Scott also had surrealism and his makeup was inspired by his dad, who died of  complications due to alcoholism. A volcano / shot glass head represents his anger when drinking; a large ear in a cage represents his poor hearing; and a giant cigarette cane is a literal crutch. The whole thing felt like a mess. The volcano makeup didn’t work for Ve, and overall she thought it looked “too hard.” Surrealism should be softer. Glenn thought the volcano looked like a tree stump, and Neville just thought it was overall unattractive.

Miranda picked cubism and created a sorrowful musician. She is very disappointed in her makeups this week, but Glenn says it is very successful. Ve thought the face was unbelievable but wishes she had extended the makeup into the arms. Neville thought the paint was beautiful and the surfacing on the sculpt was good.

Other Creations

The Verdict?

Laura, unsurprisingly, won this week, while Scott was sent home.

Dig It or Bury It?

The outcome of this week’s challenge was pretty obvious. I liked the challenge, but I wish we could have had more time with Elvira. You can never have enough Elvira.


The contestants must create Cirque du Soleil aliens.