Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career. Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Michael Agbabian and Dwight Smith serving as executive producers.
In a first, the artists are divided into two make-up effects shops, and the first assignment is to design a werewolf pack.
Inspired by hive-minded insects, the artists must create queen, worker and drone aliens.
A twist with the teams, an assignment to create fairy tale characters and Elizabeth Mitchell guest judges.
The artists must create a demon that would oversee a specific circle of Dante's version of Hell.
The artists bring the four seasons to life for a dance choreographed by Travis Wall.
The artists create looks for the owners of possessed objects; Cheyenne Jackson guest judges.
The six remaining artists create victims of a fungal virus that turns people into zombies.
The legendary Rick Baker guest judges the artists' alien creations, inspired by real recordings from space.
The final three create creatures for a haunted house conceptualized by series judge Glenn Hetrick.
Season 6 begins with 15 contestants taking on the task of creating beasts to be paired with beauties.
The challenge is to create out-of-this-world alien creatures that are afflicted with interplanetary ailments.
Dragon makeups are created by the 13 remaining artists for the season's first individual Spotlight Challenge.
The artists work in teams to create rockers who are literally at one with their electric guitars.
The contestants create monsters based on silhouettes given to them by the producers.
Today the artists take inspiration from a swamp and make cryptids.
The remaining contestants have to create a wizard inspired look with wands on hand to provide further inspiration.
The lucky contestants arrive in Tokyo and dive into the beauty, excitement, and magic of the city in places like the hectic Shibuya district, sensual fish markets, and serene city gardens. In one of these, Rikugien Garden, they meet their Foundation Challenge, as well as one of the makeup industry's heroes, Kazuhiro Tsuji.
When the contestants walk into the lab, it's completely transformed into a different kind of lab, one that a mad scientist might use to transform a human guinea pig into a grotesque monster. McKenzie allows them to choose an antique medical (torture) device to best create their "experiment", from a trephine to an embalming pump.
To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the artists will be creating their very own visions of Roald Dahl creatures that have never before been seen onscreen: Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers, Vermicious Knids, and Whangdoodles - all predators of the dear, sweet, oompa-loompa. Filmmaker (and daughter of Roald Dahl) Lucy Dahl gives the artists some key thoughts on how to make a creature that would survive and thrive in her father's world: Make them whimsical, scary, and the extreme expression of whatever characteristic they embody. She'll be back to see their final creations at the reveal stage!
The four remaining artists compete for a spot in the finale by creating werewolf rivals for their vampire characters.
The remaining contestants have to create two dancing aliens who are able to perform without breaking.
Season 8 begins with three returning champions joining the competition as coaches.
Oscar winner Rick Baker is the guest judge for the first Spotlight Challenge, which finds the artists working in teams to create two original alien characters, plus a primate leader.
The remaining 14 artists take part in a deadly predator challenge featuring guest judge Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games").
The thirteen remaining artists must make playing cards come to life in the whimsical style of Tim Burton for their first individual Spotlight Challenge of the competition
The artists compose a unique character inspired by the original sounds of two-time Oscar nominee Erik Aadahl (Godzilla, World War Z).
The artists create their own unique troll inspired by a real-world bridge with guest judge Doug Jones.
The artists create their own stylish horror villain inspired by the work of Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed).
The contestants must take inspiration from the planets in the solar system to create alien queens who compete in a intergalactic beauty pageant.
Seven artists remain for the daunting challenge of having to create and apply superhero makeups to themselves.
The artists bring a whimsical creature to life based on a child's description of their imaginary companion.
The artists select from several different dolls at Bob Baker Marionette Theater to concoct the next Chucky or Annabelle.
The artists must create western steampunk cyborgs in order to make it into the finals.
The final three artists must each create four original characters worthy of starring in their own film franchise, with help from the eliminated contestants. The characters will then be displayed at Universal Studios with audience members voting for their favorites.
The artists devise their own queen insect and companion character in a team body-painting challenge. Plus - the return of Lois Burwell!
The artists create goblin kings and are judged by actor John Rhys-Davies.
The artists compete for the chance to have their design featured in a DC Comic book; the contestants must create an original superhero.
Contestants must create a sinister demon.
The contestants must create a creature using candy that is found throughout the lab.
The artists try to create a larger-than-life giant character based on an ancient fable.
The contestants will choose images to be used for a creepy-crawly bug-themed challenge.
The contestants must create planet-inspired alien werewolves.
The artists must create a never-before-seen creature that glows in the dark.
The artists must create an Egyptian god mummy inspired by the Evil Dead franchise.
The artists visit the set of the new Syfy series "Defiance" to inspire original alien creations.
Twelve most favorite artists return to the competition with a twist; they will battle head-to-head each week.
In the first elimination challenge of the season, the artists battle it out as they create fun and lighthearted monsters inspired by real life day jobs.
The artists create ancient aliens that could have been the inspiration for Aztec gods.
In this week's elimination challenge, the artists battle head-to-head as they create the quirky and ghostly staff of a haunted hotel.
Fortune favors the bold this week, as the artists and their battle partners create makeups based on actual tarot card readings.
The artists battle it out as they create dryad protectors of real life forests in this week’s elimination challenge, with two more artists heading home.
The competition intensifies as the six remaining artists create original sea monsters in this week's battles, with the help of an industry expert in next week's elimination challenge on the line.
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.
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."
The artists and their teams create their short film, and one is crowned champion, in part two of the finale.
A group of returning all-stars compete in Season 11, which begins with the artists having to incorporate green screen technology when creating unique alien creatures.
The teams work to create angel and devil characters in the first elimination challenge of the season.
The artists arrive at Mattel headquarters in El Segundo, Cal., where they learn they will be creating film-ready versions of "Monster High" characters in this immunity challenge.
In the second elimination challenge of the season, the All-Star teams work to create beautiful snow queens inspired by a series of unique snowflakes.
The competition takes a monstrous turn as the All-Star teams must create two Jekyll and Hyde-inspired makeups in this elimination challenge for film director and guest judge John Landis.
The teams must create the driver behind Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic vehicle. Oh, about that cliffhanger…
The remaining teams must create life-size puppets inspired by different types of tradesmen.
The remaining teams must create two fantastical creatures who are complete opposites.
The remaining artists form two super teams to create a family of deranged, murderous mutants.
The two teams must create a coven of warlocks or witches at war with each other.
The remaining artists, competing individually, must create an alien delegate for an intergalactic congress.
The final five must create a representation of a Hawaiian god or goddess.
The last four must create a gargoyle inspired by a different style of architecture.
Eight newcomers take on eight former contestants as each team creates a series of hyper-stylized fantasy characters.
The contestants must make a far-future monster.
A mini-challenge inspired by the demon in "Insidious;" the contestants create a modern twist to a Mother Goose character.
Artists use elements from an arboretum and their own mothers to create Mother Nature goddesses.
The artists are asked to incorporate a gag element to their designs.
The artists must create characters that could live within iconic art movements.
Artists are faced with creating dark and sexy alien circus characters for an out-of-this-world performance.
The artists learn they must each create a character that embodies one of the seven deadly sins.
Arriving at the famous Laugh Factory comedy club, the artists are tasked with creating an original ghost character that is funny and scary.
At Kenneth Hahn Park, the artists are asked to choose magical Norse runes to inspire a dark elf warrior character.
The contestants create original human-bird hybrids for the penultimate Spotlight Challenge.
The artists must create a sorcerer and swan for a special performance of "Swan Lake" by the Los Angeles Ballet.
Inspired by a wanted poster and spaceship, the artists must create their own intergalactic bounty hunter.
Paul Reubens appears when the artists work in teams to create a whimsical makeup based on an oversized toy.
The remaining 12 artists team up to create a member of a long-lost race inspired by unique languages created by "Game of Thrones" linguist David Peterson.
For their first individual challenge, the artists must create realistic disguise makeups for "secret agents".
The artists work in teams of two to create their own parasitic aliens that burst out of their human hosts.
The artists create whimsical ghost characters based on unique and comical obituaries.
It's back. Three rounds of foundation challenges. Who will survive?
The artists must transform beautiful, yet evil sorceresses into their hideous true self.
Unique vessels provide the inspiration when the artists face the challenge of creating mischievous genie characters.
The artists create unique Cyclops characters in the Focus Challenge; guest judge Douglas Smith.
Characters from the World of Warcraft game come to life by the remaining artists who create realistic characters for the 2016 film adaptation, which stars guest judge Robert Kazinsky.
Artists create an indigenous species that would live on King Kong's Skull Island.
The artists must create two characters that would be part of a horror film: one demonic character and one possessed character. Three different directors with different scripts of the film named "Hell Hole" will work with each artist. Eliminated contestants will also aid the finalists during the challenge.
Sixteen new contestants learn they aren't officially on the show until they survive one final audition.
The artists must create over-the-top makeup for crime bosses in the world of Dick Tracy.
The artists explore the world's wonders and ancient aliens who may have contributed to their creation.
A superhero foundation challenge; the artists must create twisted tree characters after becoming one with nature.
The artists have to successfully mash-up two animals to create a new species in an individual challenge.
Teams must re-imagine characters from "The Wonderful World of Oz," as if they were in "Alice's Wonderland."
The judges pair up with two team members, a former all-star contestant and former champion, to create a pair of living chess pieces in a special competition for charity.
In partnership with Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights, the artists' mission is to create a horror villain inspired by original movie posters and their tag lines.
Working for the G.I. Joe franchise, the artists use their talents to create snake-inspired super soldiers.
The artists turn their worst childhood fears into terrifying evil clowns who will perform a nightmarish circus routine.
It's back to high school for the remaining artists as they are tasked with creating fun mythical fantasy characters based on classic high school stereotypes.
The artists are faced with the challenge of creating a Greek God and also the severed head of a beast they have slain.
With the semifinals around the corner, the artists must take inspiration from disaster scenarios and craft elemental fairies born from each one.
The four semifinalists conquer giant city-crushing monstrosities in order to crush their way straight into the finale.
Two teams of artists construct original alien animals that incorporate two models into one large creation.
The artists arrive at the Port of Long Beach and board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter U.S.S. George Cobb, which is where they learn they'll be making beautiful but deadly sirens based on unique sea creatures. Included: Working in teams of two, one group feels compelled to start from scratch on Day 2; at the same time, another duo struggles with streamlining different visions into one makeup.
The artists turn engaged couples into whimsically undead duos; McKenzie Westmore performs wedding ceremonies.
The artists have two days to create and apply a clean, detailed face makeup based upon literary mash-ups.
The artists compete for immunity in a Foundation Challenge based on a classic Rorschach inkblot test. Later, they pair off and use a unique gateway as inspiration for two makeups.
Retro-style alien characters created for a Foundation Challenge come into play when the artists receive their Spotlight Challenge.
The artists face the challenge of taking a male model and turning him into a female character from a classic Shakespearean play.
The nine remaining artists have their skills put to the ultimate test when faced with a grueling set of three increasingly difficult challenges called "The Gauntlet."
The remaining artists add their own twist to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
A "barbaric" Foundation Challenge is judged by Oscar-winning makeup artist Robin Matthews. That's followed by a trip to the circus as the seven remaining artists compete to dazzle the judges with their freak show-inspired makeups.
With inspiration from the show The Expanse, the artists must create a human that has evolved to adapt to an environment that has been affected by a catastrophic event.
In a double elimination before the finale, the final five artists must create a macabre family member inspired by shows like The Munsters and The Addams Family.
Part 1 of 2. The finalists learn their last challenge is to work with a real-life Hollywood director and full production crew to create three stunning short films on location.
The Chinese New Year is the theme as the contestants create dragon makeup for performers doing an acrobatic dance routine.
The contestants create zombie makeup for characters from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Director Paul W.S. Anderson serves as a guest judge.
The contestants create makeup for superheroes and their sidekicks after getting inspiration from some astonishing vehicles. Kevin Smith is a guest judge.
The artists take inspiration from the video game Dishonored when creating characters with exaggerated features for the challenge.
The competing artists are tasked with creating original movie monsters based on sketches done by children. And a new twist changes everything
The competing artists use makeup to create looks inspired by Dr. Seuss' "Sleep Book," which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Material from a junkyard must be used in a cyborg challenge.
The NBC series "Grimm" inspires the makeup created by the competing artists.
The remaining three artists are tasked with creating Halloween-themed characters, which they then must have perform in a choreographed stunt show.
Viewers choose the Season 3 winner, who will be announced during the finale in Los Angeles. Also: The eliminated artists reunite.