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Face Off exit Q&A: 'I think that I deserved to go home this week'

A familiar face popped up on Face Off this week. Former judge Patrick Tatopoulos–a production designer for Pitch Black, Underworld, and Independence Day–stopped by for a motorcycle themed Foundation Challenge. The group was tasked with creating an original motorcycle racer based on the colorful vehicles that filled the room. The group excitedly got to work… and eventually the verdict was in. Tatopoulos ultimately chose Tanner White and Daran Holt as his top two favorites. However, there could only be one winner. Holt’s expertly executed creation wound up taking home top prize–immunity for this week’s the Spotlight Challenge.

From there, it was onto the main event where host McKenzie Westmore and judge Glenn Hetrick announced that the artists would work in pairs of their own choosing in order to create their own original rockstar. Using various electric guitars that filled the room, the group was prompted to create a musician that echoed the vibe of the guitar they selected.

The pairings included: Corinne Foster and Graham Schofield, George Schminky and Daran Holt, Tanner White and Chloe Sens, Cat Paschen and Niko Gonzalez, Rashaad Santiago and Tyler Green, and Tess Laeh and Matt Silva. Minor drama ensued, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome. That’s excluding Laeh and Silva who had their work cut out for them. The duo had decided upon a rockabilly themed goat, but mentor Michael Westmore pointed out that their creation’s face didn’t really echo its concept. Upon hearing this, Laeh had a minor meltdown and could hardly be consoled. Silva initially gave her space, but–with limited time–the two eventually got back to work.

Judgement day came all too soon. Schminky and Holt and Santiago and Green’s creations wound up in the top, with Holt–no immunity win necessary–being named winner for his creation’s “fascinating head.” Meanwhile, White and Sens and Silva and Laeh found themselves in the bottom. Ultimately only Laeh was sent home for her part in a make-up which the judges said “lacked complexity.”

EW caught up with Laeh about what it was like being a part of the show, what she would have done differently in her challenge, and what she’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I should not have been eliminated'

Dragons had their moment in the spotlight on this week’s Face Off… Host McKenzie Westmore brought the group to Malibu, CA’s Point Dume State Beach, where films like Planet of the Apes and Iron Man were once shot. The artists were then told they would be tasked with creating dragons for their first solo challenge. Shields that were damaged by different substances (from ice to tar) stood nearby. The contestants were told that each of their dragons had to breathe one of the substances represented. But that wasn’t the group’s biggest challenge. The 18 hour deadline was.

The artists quickly got to work… and just as quickly problems arose. During their first day in the lab, Tess Laeh struggled with symmetrical issues–having sculpted one side of her dragon’s face before the other. Chloe Sens’s seahorse-inspired dragon might have already proved to be a tad too ambitious. The multiple components set her back time wise. Conversely, the remainder of the artists–particularly Rashaad Santiago and Tyler Green–seemed to be right on track.

On fabrication day, Green found himself ahead of the rest of his competitors. He used his excess time to create wings and icicle horns for his vulture-esque dragon creation. Meanwhile, Santiago used the day to create a chest, back, arms, and wings. Elsewhere, many of the other contestants faced time management issues. Laeh was forced to cut one of her dragon’s legs off, a major setback since she now needed to better blend her sculpture. Elsewhere, Niko Gonzalez’s chest mold cracked, which forced him to airbrush his model instead. Meanwhile, Sens struggled to finish her sculpture in time with many of its elements–like her dragon’s chest and back–still incomplete by the end of the day. Once application day arrived, she did her best to troubleshoot, but–due to creative setbacks and time constraints–she left portions of her dragon unpainted. She worried that she’d be sent home.

Judgement day arrived. George Schminky, Green, and Santiago wound up with this week’s top looks. Green was singled out as this week’s winner for his ambitious final product. While Gonzalez, Laeh, and Daniel Phillips found themselves in the bottom, only Phillips was sent home. The judges felt he made “perplexing” decisions and that his make-up lacked dragon elements. (And they had a field day with his dragon’s floral robe.)

EW caught up with Phillips about what it was like being a part of the show, what he would have done differently in his challenge, the story behind that floral robe, and what he’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I was pretty shocked'

This week’s Face Off challenge was out-of-this world. After traveling through a corn field maze, the fourteen remaining contestants found themselves standing in the middle of a crop circle and surrounded by suitcases.

Host McKenzie Westmore explained that inside the black cases were aerial photos of crop circles, each with “a dire message that an alien might have been trying to communicate.” Westmore broke the group up into teams of two, as randomly selected by the show. Various messages that had to be incorporated into their creations included: “We need water” (Corinne Foster & Niko Gonzalez), “Gravity changing” (Chloe Sens and Graham Schofield), “Polluted & toxic environment” (George Schminky and Bethany Serpico), “Our sun is dying” (Cat Paschen and Matt Silva), “We have ice caps melting” (Tanner White and Daran Holt), “Overcome with disease” (Daniel Phillips and Tess Laeh), and “Global famine” (Tyler Green and Rashaad Santiago). “Make sure the judges see evidence of your alien’s dire circumstances in your make-up,” advised Westmore.

After the design phase, the artists jumped right into sculpting. Though things didn’t go smoothly for everyone. Nearly immediately, Paschen and Silva butted heads. Paschen said she felt that she and Silva hadn’t settled on a clear design in advance of the lab. They fine-tuned their tribal, African-inspired life form, but kept changing their vision along the way–losing time in the process. “I don’t want it to look too elephant-y,” she told Silva, who patiently listened to her feedback. Paschen was unhappy with its ears and face. For his part, Silva seemed flustered and told the cameras they were having difficulty communicating. Midway through, mentor Michael Westmore stopped by and provided everyone with feedback–though Silva ultimately went against his advice and painted his creation a tad darker than recommended.

Elsewhere, Sens and Schofield had their own struggles ahead. By day two, Sens battled a case of indecision. Schofield said he didn’t want to rush her, but she still hadn’t finished sculpting the face–setting them back time wise. Schofield acknowledged that her indecision made him nervous. Meanwhile, on application day, Schminky and Serpico discovered their cowl was ripped in the middle. They found a way to mask it, but it was still a major setback for the duo.

Eventually, judgement day arrived. Writer/director/producer Scott Stewart (Priest, Dark Skies. Legion, Syfy’s Defiance) was introduced as a guest judge, then it was time to face the panel. Foster and Gonzalez were named the top team with Foster singled out as the challenge winner for being–who the judges felt was–the driving force behind it. Meanwhile, Paschen & Silva found themselves in the bottom with Paschen declaring, “I didn’t agree with some of the painting decisions.” The judges said it was a solid concept, but thought it was lacked in terms of sculptural details and its paint job. Schminky and Serpico also faced the chopping block. The judges said their alien looked great from a distance, but that it lacked close up.

Ultimately, Serpico was sent home after the panel attributed her alien’s weak facial sculpture solely to her. She fought back tears as she left the stage.

EW caught up with Serpico about what it was like being a part of the show, what she would have done differently in her challenge, and what she’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I never saw it coming'

“This is going to be a season of extremes,” announced host McKenzie Westmore on Face Off‘s premiere episode, where viewers got their first look at this season’s competitors. From Rashaad Santiago, a self-taught artist who currently supports his family by working at a fast food restaurant, to Tyler Green, who quit his job as a dental lab technician to compete, the season is chock full of contestants who are in it to win it.

After brief introductions, we watched the group get down to business for their first Foundation Challenge. The artists were instructed to create an extreme character that represented them. The only catch was that they had to incorporate one of the over-the-top wigs on display. The winner would receive immunity and be safe from the first week of elimination.

Academy Award winning make-up artist Tami Lane (Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) guest judged the challenge. “In order to create a cohesive character, you have to have good make-up as well as good hair. They both work together,” she advised. “You will destroy a character if the make-up is bad and the hair or great or vice versa.” No arguments there. Two hours later, she named Bethany Serpico and George Schminky her two favorites; though ultimately only Schminky was granted immunity for creating an unexpected prosthetic chest.

Next the group was whisked off to a castle where they were presented with a Beauty & the Beast inspired Spotlight Challenge. Teams of two were assigned by Westmore. Schminky, the odd man out, joined a duo of his choosing. Meanwhile, writer/producer/director Stephen Sommers (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Mummy franchise) joined as guest judge and advised the artists to create a beast that was both scary and sexy, “so that when Belle kisses him at the end, we can’t be repulsed.”

Things began smoothly, but on day two the contestants ran into various molding issues and minor tension filled the air. Rashad Santiago and Chloe Sens chipped slowly away at their stuck mold while Tess Laeh fought back tears after experiencing her own molding setback with partner Niko Gonzalez.

Elimination day eventually arrived. Everyone frantically put the finishing touches on their creations and then waited patiently for the judges’ feedback.

The verdict? Santiago and Sens’ creation was the judges’ top pick–with Sens singled out for her detailed sculpture, one of the most complex first week make-ups the judges said they’d ever seen.

Conversely, Bethany Serpico and Tyler Green landed in the bottom alongside Margaret Caragan and Matthew Silva. Though only one contestant would be sent home… Ultimately Caragan found herself on the chopping block for creating a make-up that–the judges said–wasn’t sexy or scary and lacked detail with a bland paint scheme. Caragan looked stoic, but faced the facts.

EW caught up with Caragan about what it was like being a part of the show, what she would have done differently in her challenge, and what she’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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Makeup Artist Ve Neill on the 'Face Off' premiere and working on 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

Season six of the reality makeup competition series Face Off premieres tonight, and Syfy is billing it as the “boldest and most extreme season to date.”

We caught up with one of the show’s judges, makeup artist Ve Neill, to find out what to expect.

“Everybody is going to be really surprised. I think we have some amazing artists this year,” said Neill, who called in from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay set — she’s served as makeup department head for all of the Hunger Games movie adaptations — in Georgia. “So many of the artists knocked it out of the park. They did incredible creations, far beyond anything we’ve seen before on the show. It’s going to be a great season.” The newest crop of Face Off contestants are competing for $100,000 in cash, a VIP vacation from sponsor Kryolan Professional Make-Up, and a 2014 Fiat.

Now that she’s wrapped filming Face Off, Neill told EW that she’s consumed with work on the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. “It’s going to be pretty spectacular. Julianne Moore is on with us now as President Coin and she’s great. We have quite a few new characters who’ve joined us,” she hinted. “They’re all wonderful to work with. Jennifer [Lawrence] and Josh [Hutcherson] are absolute dolls. It’s nice to have a group of actors who enjoy coming to work.”

Read on to see what else the makeup artist had to say about the new season of Face Off and the next installment of The Hunger Games.
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'Face Off' finale interviews: 'I feel like I tripped at the finish line'

The newbies came prepared to conquer, but it was the vets who ultimately battled it out in Tuesday night’s season finale of Face Off. Tate Steinsiek (season one), Laura Tyler (season three), and Roy Wooley (season three) were the last three standing… each one seeking redemption.

Host McKenzie Westmore introduced the finalists to dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet who proceeded to perform a routine from Swan Lake. Naturally, their performance was the inspiration for this season’s final challenge. The trio learned they were to create a swan princess and evil sorcerer… and that their make-up better be sweat proof. From there, each artist was paired with a different era–from the Industrial Revolution, Ming Dynasty, or Italian Renaissance–and with a team of familiar assistants.

Because the project was a huge undertaking, the final three were reunited with this season’s previous contestants. The group broke apart and got straight to work.

Wooley acknowledged he felt outside of his comfort zone, but Frank Ippolito and Scott Ramp helped him along. Tyler had a few concepts–and with Eddie Holecko and Miranda Jory on her team–the trio moved quickly forward. Meanwhile, Steinsiek worked with Alana Schiro and Lyma Millot on his avian sculpture, but it didn’t initially turn out quite as he’d hoped and the trio lost some time backtracking. Each team was forced to troubleshoot one minor crisis after another until judgement day finally arrived.

Only one last live ballet performance stood between the artists and the series outcome. The Los Angeles Ballet routine went swimmingly, but, of course, it was the judges who would have the final word. After carefully reviewing each contestant’s work, the judges made their–admittedly very difficult–decision.

Ultimately, Tyler was declared winner for her Italian renaissance-inspired swan-sorcerer while Steinsiek and Wooley–ever the good sports–hugged and congratulated her.

EW spoke with Tyler, Steinsiek, and Wooley about the show’s big finish and what they’ve been working on since filming wrapped. Read more after the jump.

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I need to believe in myself more'

The end is near on this season of Face Off. With only four contestants remaining and the finale just around the corner, the artists were clearly feeling the pressure this week.

After meeting host McKenzie Westmore at the Burbank Airport, the group was introduced to Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni, who brought along a feathered friend. The artists learned that the Spotlight Challenge was to create a human-bird hybrid. Roy Wooley selected a blue-throated macaw as his inspiration, while Laura Tyler chose an umbrella cockatoo, Tate Steinsiek picked an Egyptian vulture, and Miranda Jory went with a silver-cheeked hornbill.

Wooley’s ambitious design almost got the best of him. Midway through the process, his mold fell to the floor and shattered, but he refused to let the setback slow him down. Meanwhile, Jory battled her time management issues, finding herself going down the same slippery slope because she spent too much time focusing on the minutiae of her design. When judgement day arrived, Steinsiek was declared winner for presenting one of his best paint jobs this season. Though the judges were disappointed in Wooley’s choices, it was ultimately Jory who was sent home for playing it too safe.

EW spoke with Jory about her winning streak, how she feels about fans labeling her as insecure, what she would have done differently if she had a do-over, and what she’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I honestly don't regret the decision I made'

This week’s Face Off started off on a solemn note when the remaining contestants admitted they missed last week’s eliminated contestant Eddie Holecko. Newbie Laney Parkhurst — who had found herself in the bottom two with Holecko — seemed especially melancholy. “I’m not having fun anymore,” she confessed to the camera. “Maybe this challenge will wake me up.”

Parkhurst’s wake up call came when the group was whisked off to a state park, where host McKenzie Westmore challenged them to create elf warriors based on the runes they saw. Laura Tyler seemed particularly excited, thinking she might even have an advantage since she had extensive knowledge of elves, while a reticent Parkhurst chose “immortality” as her concept. The group got to work, but things came screeching to a halt when Tyler discovered a letter from Parkhurst announcing that she had  decided to quit the show. After a brief debate over how this might affect the week’s challenge, the contestants returned to the lab to focus on the task at hand.

Tyler’s confidence paid off  when she found herself at the top of the pack alongside Tate Steinsiek, who was declared the challenge winner. For the first time this season, Miranda Jory had one of the judges’ least favorite creations, and found herself on the chopping block with Wooley. But this turned out to be a good week to be in the bottom two…. In light of Parkhurst’s premature departure, Jory and Wooley were both spared from elimination.

EW spoke with Parkhurst about why she decided to drop out of the competition, whether she regrets her decision, and what she’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'I was never 100 percent satisfied with anything I did'

The word “ghost,” doesn’t normally elicit peals of laughter but on Tuesday night’s episode of Face Off, the contestants were asked to make a joke out of the horror genre by mixing spook with spoof.

First up was the Foundation Challenge, where contestants had to envision what the Grim Reaper might look like under that hood. The scythe-wielding harbinger of death is usually seen without a face (or simply as a skeleton), so each artist tackled the blank canvas differently. Laura Tyler (season three) used facial prosthetics in unexpected areas — the brow bones on the chin, for example — and the move won her a ticket to safety, as guest judge special effects makeup artist Patrick Tatopoulos (Resident Evil: Extinction, I Am Legend) said he was impressed with her detailed creation.

Next came the Spotlight Challenge, which took the contestants on a field trip to the Laugh Factory, where they learned they’d have to create “comedy ghosts” — creatures that looked frightening, but could make viewers laugh out loud. Newcomer Eddie Holecko struggled with his concept, scrapping his original idea for a new one — a baseball player who died after being hit by his own bat, and fell three hours behind the other contestants. Meanwhile, fellow newcomer Laney Parkhurst scrambled to finish her wig, and Miranda Jory (season two) got a last-minute scare when air pockets appeared in her work.

When it came time to face the judges, Roy Wooley (season 3) was crowned the winner, erasing the memory of his disappointing performance last week. “You’re gonna see big,” Wooley had promised before last night’s challenges, and he kept his word, presenting the judges with a vaudeville-inspired costume that depicted two small performers, one sitting on top of the other, working together to form the ghost. Judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Neville Page applauded Wooley’s work. “I’m happy to see this Roy back this week,” Page said.

The newcomers ended up at the bottom, as the judges found Holecko’s ghost unfunny and Parkhurst’s concept — an electrocuted punk rock girl — confusing. But in the end, Holecko was sent home for his inexplicably strange aesthetic choices, including his character’s “artichoke head” and “KISS eyes.” “It doesn’t look funny, it just looks weird,” Neill told Holecko. Still, Page reassured him as he left the stage, telling the eliminated contestant that he has “a bold aesthetic.”

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'Face Off' exit Q&A: 'This was a chance to play the game the right way'

On this week’s episode of Face Off, the remaining contestants looked to a higher power to find inspiration for the challenge. Host McKenzie Westmore and judge Glenn Hetrick met the group at L.A.’s St. Brendan Catholic Church — which has been used as a filming location for movies like Spiderman 3, Armageddon, and Fight Club — to tell them that they would create characters based on the biblical scenes depicted in the building’s stained glass windows.

Each contestant was then assigned one of the seven deadly sins and asked to incorporate the color associated with their sin into their makeup. “It’s so important to define the exact essence of that word before you start designing,” advised Hetrick. “I challenge you to bring it to life while trying to avoid the obvious.”

Day one went smoothly as everyone started to bring their ideas to life. Frank Ippolito joked that his gluttonous creation was inspired by “fat people” and began by crafting a huge fat suit, hoping that the ambitious scale of his design would distract from the fact that the words “gluttony” and “fat” aren’t synonymous. On day two, emotions ran high. Miranda Jory appeared panic-stricken, turning to her fellow competitors for help and butting heads with Ippolito. On day three, after the finishing touches were applied, it was on to judging. Writer/producer Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager, Heroes, Hannibal) joined the panel as this week’s guest. Jory and Tate Steinsiek wound up with the week’s top looks and Steinsiek’s creepy sloth was declared the winning look. Ippolito and Roy Wooley found themselves on the chopping block, but it was Ippolito who was sent home for failing to stick to the concept and ignoring the instructions.

EW spoke with Ippolito about what it was like being back on the show, what he would have done differently in his challenge, and what he’s been working on since filming wrapped.

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