Reality competition shows are a dime a dozen. More often than not the shows thrive on the drama and emotions of the environment the contestants are locked into. For those of us who appreciate talents and skills, that’s a distraction, if not a turn off. At NothingButGeek, we often feature games, television series and movies about comic book characters. Be it superheroes, supervillains, sci-fi, fantasy, or horror movie characters, we geeks get drawn into the costumes and make-up of our favourite characters.
Face Off is a reality competition show on special make-up from all the above genre. Every season a crop of talented make-up artists compete against each other on a weekly theme, challenged using their creativity and imagination to create original characters. The format of the show is loosely based on other reality series such as Top Chef and Project Runway – but with minimum drama. This series is quite entertaining and eye-opening. Through 10 seasons that I have watched, I have been truly amazed by the skills and creativity of the contestants. A lot of the characters created on the show are worthy of being in films, and some of their characters actually did. Many of the contestants ended up working for the major film and television industry.
The show is hosted by the beautiful actress/singer McKenzie Westmore, daughter of Michael Westmore, who is a multiple Emmy-winning make-up artist on shows like Star Trek. The three judging panels are heavy weight within the make up industry of Hollywood. Ve Neill who won three Academy Award on Ed Wood, Mrs. Doubt Fire and Beetlejuice. Check out her IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0624763/ you will see her work involves just about every blockbuster movies you’ve ever seen. The other two judges Glenn Hetrick http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0381761/ and Neville Page http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2342403/ are no slouches either. The show occasionally invite iconic guests who had been on the most recognized role in many well known movies. Face Off Season 11 will feature all-star cast from previous seasons. The series will return Tuesday, January 24th 2017.
Check out some of the stunning make up from the contestants in the previous seasons below.