On Tuesday night's episode of "Face Off," it was a demonic Candyland fraught with several cases of makeup gone bad... very bad. But, finally, someone won the elimination challenge besides Anthony. And the most heated competition of the night was trying to decide who was the worst out of so many bad makeups.
Twitter was lit up with Face Off fans, pushing it into trending status thanks in part to contestant Eric F. tweeting away live during the episode. While many fans tweeted to him directly, and to fellow tweeter Anthony, the burning topic of the night seemed to be just how bad some of those makeups were, to the point where many were asking how some of the contestants got into the competition in the first place.
A few seemed to have skipped Makeup 101, including how to use glue, creating edges that blend, the use of silicone pieces and... the difference in a cat's and a bear's face.
(Insert sound of crickets chirping here.)
Oh, how I wish I was exaggerating. And I wish most of the guilty parties weren't the ladies. I try to be a nice guy when I write about things, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to channel a little of judge Glenn Hetrick tonight on this recap.
And that dude is scary. The bad kind of scary.
First of all, I sympathize with someone who has a tumor in her hand that causes numbness and hinders her work. But seriously -- why would you enter an intense competition like this, demanding top quality work in a crazy tight time frame? Jenna really needs to go, but each week, there have been contestants who created worse work than her, even with her hand hindrance.
Which brings us to Autumn, who seemed oblivious again to the blatant edges on her pieces even I can see on my tiny TV at home. And who, for this week's elimination challenge of creating a candy monster with real candy, made a gummy bear that bears (pun intended) a striking resemblance to... a cat. And apparently, bears now wear fuschia, afro disco wigs.
"I'm sorry, but a gummy bear head is not a very tough sculpture," commented Hetrick as the judges debated. "And if you're struggling with that, what else have you got."
If you haven't seen Hetrick in action before, let me assure you that was mild for him.
And yet, someone else hit the rock bottom. Yes, it got worse than a bear that looked like a cat. Alex hardly had any candy in her makeup, not to mention only a couple of small appliance pieces. And they were peeling off.
"It's not even glued down. How did that happen?" asked judge Ve Neill. "She wasn't even in it that long."
"Well, this is the first time I've actually used a silicone appliance," replied Alex.
And with that, you could hear the collective banging of makeup artists' heads against walls all over the country, lamenting how they got passed over for an opportunity like this for someone who has never even used silicone before.
Are these contestants not supposed to be the very experienced cream of the crop, or am I confused on that point? Now you see why I had to get a little mean this week.
Alex was sent packing, but there were bright spots as always.
Anthony broke his winning streak, but turned in yet another super-clean design with his Colonel Candy makeup. Eric F. created a very fan-pleasing gummy blob, drenched in melted gummy candy, complete with lolling tongue. But the fan favorite was House, who did the most bizarre candy character with a mouth in the stomach -- with the added bonus that his model was a belly dancer and could make the mouth open and close.
Seriously freakin' awesome.
Yet, at the end of the night, none of them were crowned winner this week, with the title going to dark horse Kris, whose creation bore elaborate details from his candy dreadlocks right down to his candy corn toenails.
Let's hope some of these contestants get it together next week because some fans are already saying they may as well make Anthony the winner now. Which is jumping the gun a bit. Eric F. is right on his heels, and House has made great strides. Time will tell if Kris can keep up the pace, but this race isn't over just yet.