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Face Off - SyFy's Special FX Show That is Worth Watching

*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog. If you see this post elsewhere, it has been stolen!**

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SyFy has recently aired a very interesting reality competition show called Face Off which airs on Wednesdays at 10/9C (and repeated many times during the week).  The show is hosted by actress Mckenzie Westmore whose lineage is considered to be Hollywood makeup royalty; great grandfather George Westmore founded the first movie make-up department in 1917. 

The show brings special effects makeup artists from all over the U.S. to compete for the ultimate victory of being the best and a chance to launch their career in Hollywood.  Each week the contestants are given different challenges that will make or break their skills in special effects artistry and are judged by the best:  Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill, and Patrick Tatopoulos.

These three judges are the best in the business when it comes to special fx.  Glenn Hetrick has worked on Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and X-Files.  Remember that episode of X-Files called "Home"?  Yeah, that episode on inbreeding. That one really sticks in my mind, and I am sure it is due to Glenn's artistic interpretation of the family.  Ve Neill is one of the most sought after special fx artists in Hollywood due to not only her talent but her quick thinking and organizational skills.  She is a three time Oscar winner and is a favorite of Johnny Depp.  Patrick Tatopoulos brings a bit of brooding darkness into his special effects skills.  His work can be seen in Underworld, Resident Evil, and Independence Day.  All these judges take a critical look at the contestants work with blunt criticism.  Some may sound harsh but in an era of high definition, every little detail has to be perfect.

Faced with time limited challenges each week, the contestants are pulled into the ring ready to punch and pounce onto one another.  In the one episode I have seen so far, the challenge is quite mind-bending; make a human into an animal or insect hybrid.  Some were really good but others, well let's say I have never imagined Daffy Duck in drag until now!

Even if you are only into the fashion aspect of makeup, this show will really open your eyes to how much effort and time is taken to make any person look and feel like someone opposite of who they are in terms of character.  Makeup alone is just the tip of the iceberg and what lies beneath is the dedication and not to mention the headaches of these artists.  Hopefully, this show will be shown in other countries besides the USA because it is one cool show. 

On another note, I am so jealous that the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race this season gets a lifetime supply of Kryolan makeup!  WOWZA!

Also, another other note.  What? Marcel from Top Chef fame gets his own show on SyFy on molecular gastronomy?  I am surprised by that move yet not surprised by the exploitation of...molecular gastronomy!

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