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Face Off

Face Off

Syfy 2011

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Face Off

Face Off - S4E11

#1 - Living the Dream


Season 4 - Episode 11

The three finalists must create a waterproof makeup for the show "Le Reve: The Dream" at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

The episode was rated from 119 votes.

Face Off - S2E10

#2 - The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge


Season 2 - Episode 10

The finalists must each create three original characters from a specific movie genre who will perform a choreographed-dance routine at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

The episode was rated from 132 votes.

Face Off - S7E7

#3 - Judges Compete


Season 7 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated from 122 votes.

Face Off - S7E15

#4 - One Knight Only


Season 7 - Episode 15

The season of life and death concludes as the artists tackle the fantastical world of knights in an effort to win the crown.

The episode was rated from 104 votes.

Face Off - S2E8

#5 - Burtonesque


Season 2 - Episode 8

Creating a new character from an ordinary occupation for a Tim Burton film.

The episode was rated from 145 votes.

Face Off - S6E13

#6 - Bloodsuckers


Season 6 - Episode 13

Who's the best monster in the world? The vampire, of course! And that's exactly who the artists get to make this week. And since this is Face Off, it's not going to be easy: each artist chooses, at random, the name of a vampiric character from another culture. They must create their interpretation of these worldwide myths, as well as add an extra killing feature not usually associated with vampires.

The episode was rated from 107 votes.

Face Off - S11E14

#7 - Battle of the Beasts


Season 11 - Episode 14

The final three must create animalistic kung-fu masters for an actual fight scene in hopes of being declared the winner in the Season 11 finale.

The episode was rated from 282 votes.

Face Off - S6E15

#8 - Heavenly Bodies


Season 6 - Episode 15

The remaining contestants have to create two dancing aliens who are able to perform without breaking.

The episode was rated from 95 votes.

Face Off - S5E13

#9 - Swan Song


Season 5 - Episode 13

The artists must create a sorcerer and swan for a special performance of "Swan Lake" by the Los Angeles Ballet.

The episode was rated from 117 votes.

Face Off - S2E9

#10 - Dinoplasty


Season 2 - Episode 9

The five remaining contestants participate in a double-elimination event to create a human-dinosaur hybrid to determine which of them will go to the finale.

The episode was rated from 136 votes.

Face Off - S5E1
#11 - Going for Gold
Season 5 - Episode 1

Eight newcomers take on eight former contestants as each team creates a series of hyper-stylized fantasy characters.

The episode was rated from 141 votes.
Face Off - S11E9
#12 - Frightening Families
Season 11 - Episode 9

The remaining artists form two super teams to create a family of deranged, murderous mutants.

The episode was rated from 316 votes.
Face Off - S12E10
#13 - Journey Into Fear, Part 2
Season 12 - Episode 10

The finalists must revise their makeups from the first part of the finale, as well as create a floater character to interact with the public outside of their rooms.

The episode was rated from 242 votes.
Face Off - S5E11
#14 - Dark Magic
Season 5 - Episode 11

At Kenneth Hahn Park, the artists are asked to choose magical Norse runes to inspire a dark elf warrior character.

The episode was rated from 128 votes.
Face Off - S5E7
#15 - Living Art
Season 5 - Episode 7

The artists must create characters that could live within iconic art movements.

The episode was rated from 135 votes.
Face Off - S8E3
#16 - Let the Games Begin
Season 8 - Episode 3

The remaining 14 artists take part in a deadly predator challenge featuring guest judge Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games").

The episode was rated from 91 votes.
Face Off - S5E10
#17 - The Laughing Dead
Season 5 - Episode 10

Arriving at the famous Laugh Factory comedy club, the artists are tasked with creating an original ghost character that is funny and scary.

The episode was rated from 134 votes.
Face Off - S9E14
#18 - Movie Magic, Part 2
Season 9 - Episode 14

A winner is crowned in the conclusion of the two-part Season 9 finale. But first, the finalists finish work on their characters for the short films they're making with director and creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos.

The episode was rated from 127 votes.
Face Off - S8E2
#19 - Monkey Business
Season 8 - Episode 2

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 episode was rated from 95 votes.
Face Off - S1E8
#20 - Twisted Tales
Season 1 - Episode 8

The last challenge has the three remaining contestants creating fairy-tale characters derived from "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel" for a cocktail-party setting in the first-season finale.

The episode was rated from 159 votes.

Last updated: jun 02, 2022



A competition show that keeps giving great challenges and very different results. Amazing to see what everybody creates and luckily focuses on the work and not on the drama.


And after 13 seasons Face Off is over. It will be sorely missed. As I sat down to watch every episode I would reach high into the air and chant "Previously on Face Off!" and everyone knew not to disturb me :)


love this show,


Season 5 - 27/08/2013


I don't know how I could have possibly missed this show, it's so up my alley it's ridiculous! I caught episode 4x02 on a looong plane flight last week (it was the only episode available, WTF Qatar that's just too random!) and have used the unsociable jetlag period to smash out the entire fourth series. Knowing I have three more seasons to catch up on makes me wonder how long you can pretend to stretch jaglag out and sit up dusk til dawn uninterrupted :)


Love this show

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