Face Off

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  • TV-PG
  • 2011
  • 13 Seasons
  • 8.2  (7,277)

Face Off was an American reality television show that aired on Syfy from 2011 to 2018. Hosted by McKenzie Westmore, the show brought together special effects makeup artists from around the country to compete against one another for a chance to win $100,000 and a VIP trip to Kryolan, one of the world's foremost makeup effects companies.

The show was judged by a panel of veteran special effects artists, including Glenn Hetrick and Ve Neill, who evaluated the contestants on their creativity, technical skill, and ability to work under pressure. Each episode featured a new challenge, in which the contestants were given a brief and a limited amount of time to create a specific makeup effect, such as a creature or character from a fantasy or science fiction movie. The contestants were allowed to use whatever materials and techniques they wished to achieve their vision, as long as they stayed within the time limit and adhered to the challenge criteria.

One of the unique aspects of Face Off was the way in which it showcased the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating the makeup effects for movies and TV shows. The contestants were not only responsible for designing and executing their makeup effects, but also for presenting them to the judges and explaining their thought process and techniques. Viewers were able to see the artists' creative process from start to finish, including the various materials and tools they used to bring their ideas to life.

Throughout the series, the contestants faced a variety of challenges, ranging from creating prosthetics for aliens and monsters to designing realistic injuries and aging effects. The show also featured themed episodes, such as a superhero challenge in which the contestants had to create their own original superhero character and a Halloween challenge in which they had to design makeup effects inspired by classic horror movies.

In addition to the main competition, Face Off also showcased the individual talents of the contestants through spotlight challenges and elimination challenges. In the spotlight challenges, the artists were given the opportunity to showcase their individual skills and talents by creating makeup effects based on their own interests and experiences. Elimination challenges, on the other hand, were more high-stakes and involved a head-to-head competition between two artists, with the loser being eliminated from the show.

Overall, Face Off was a unique and entertaining reality TV show that allowed viewers to take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of special effects makeup. With its talented contestants, diverse challenges, and expert judging panel, the show served as a showcase for the artistry and technical skill required to create convincing makeup effects in film and television.

Face Off is a series that is currently running and has 13 seasons (164 episodes). The series first aired on January 26, 2011.

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Through the Looking Glass, Part 2
10. Through the Looking Glass, Part 2
August 7, 2018
The artists and their teams create their short film, and one is crowned champion, in part two of the finale.
Through the Looking Glass, Part 1
9. Through the Looking Glass, Part 1
July 31, 2018
It's part one of the finale, as the finalists learn that they will be creating characters for an original short film based on the book "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There."
Immortals Interrupted
8. Immortals Interrupted
July 24, 2018
It's the semifinals and the artists engage in an all out battle royale as they create vampires based on real life bats with just three finale spots on the line.
Maritime Monsters
7. Maritime Monsters
July 17, 2018
The six remaining artists create original sea monsters with the help of an industry expert.
Divine Dryads
6. Divine Dryads
July 10, 2018
The artists battle it out as they create dryad protectors of real life forests.
Death Dealers
5. Death Dealers
July 3, 2018
Fortune favors the bold this week, as the artists and their battle partners create makeups based on actual tarot card readings.
Haunted Hotel
4. Haunted Hotel
June 26, 2018
In this week's elimination challenge, the artists battle head-to-head as they create the quirky and ghostly staff of a haunted hotel.
Aztec Aliens
3. Aztec Aliens
June 19, 2018
The artists create ancient aliens that could have been the inspiration for Aztec gods.
Moonlight Monsters
2. Moonlight Monsters
June 12, 2018
The artists create monsters inspired by real-life day jobs in an elimination challenge.
Face Your Fears
1. Face Your Fears
June 5, 2018
In the Season 13 premiere, 12 favorite artists return to the competition with a twist: this time they're battling head-to-head each week.
Where to Watch Face Off
Face Off is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Face Off on demand at Peacock Premium, Netflix, Amazon, NBC, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play, Apple TV and Syfy.
  • Premiere Date
    January 26, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (7,277)