The series finale of season one of SyFy's 'Face Off' asked the four finalists to each pick a fairytale and a genre for their designs. The options were; Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince and Hansel and Gretel. These were to be paired with; Psychedelic, Post-Apocolyptic, Haunted, Outer-Space and Industrial. Each design had to incorporate two characters from the story.
The contestants chose as such:
- Tate: Post-Apocolyptic Red Riding Hood
- Gage: Industrial Hansel and Gretel
- Sam: Psychedelic Little Mermaid
- Connor: Haunted Frog Prince
Tate's Post-Apocolyptic Red Riding Hood
Tate chose to focus most of his time on the wolf character as, in his own words; "All I ever said when I got here was I wanted to build a f***ing werewolf, and today, I built a f***ing werewolf!"
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Tate finished Face Off in the final three contestants.
Gage's Industrial Hansel and Gretel
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His two characters for this make-up would be witch and Gretel, who contrasted strongly in their design.
Gretel was designed to appear, in my opinion, almost cartoon-like. Her cheeks were swollen to appear as if they had been stuffed with candy and her eyes were painted much larger than life onto the model's closed eyelids.
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In contrast, the witch incorporated the traditional nose that is often seen on fairytale witch characters, but was taken one step further into something very
grotesque by having her jaw completely dislocated and hanging down from her face.
My favourite element of this design, however, was the witch's stomach, which Gage created a prosthetic for to make it appear huge and swollen with the imprints of small hands pushing against the skin from within. In order to make the witch seem 'fused' with the industrial setting, Gage added a huge amount of metal shrapnel that was embedded into the skin. His story behind this was that the witch was human at one time and as she began to transform she started to self mutilate using all of these pieces of metal.
For his setting Gage requested that the designer create an old dilapidated candy shop that once had many bright colours but that now appeared faded as it had worn away and been torn down.
The judges were utterly blown away by Gage's creation and deemed it his best work. He was commended most highly for his ability to tell the story without explanation through tiny little details in his make-up such as the small pieces of foil around Gretel's mouth and the hands pushing against the stomach of the witch.
Gage finished Face Off in the final three contestants.
Sam's Psychedelic Little Mermaid
Sam's make-up was all going to be based around colour as she felt that psychedelic colours and aquatic creatures would go well together. Her vision for the little mermaid character was quite clear as she wanted to recreate the scene in which her fin begins to split into legs, her vision for the evil witch, however, was not quite so clear at first. Eventually she finalised an idea of having the witch wearing a jelly fish hood that would cover the top and back of her head and whose tentacles would come down to cover her chest, instead of her having hair. Initially the judges seemed confident with her choice of colour scheme but had their reservations about her choice of materials for the tentacles; that if they were run in silicone they would be far too heavy.
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Connor's Haunted Frog Prince
Although Connor got last pick of the tales and themes he retained a strong image in his head about what he wanted from his design. He wanted to recreate the moment when the Prince is transformed into frog, but to make it seem very painful and grotesque as he is halfway through the transformation.