The BEST episodes of Face Off

Every episode of Face Off ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Face Off!

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.

Last Updated: 2/23/2024Network: SYFYStatus: Ended
219 votes

#1 - Burtonesque

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/29/2012

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

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One Knight Only
91 votes

#2 - One Knight Only

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 10/28/2014

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

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The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge
204 votes

#3 - The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/14/2012

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.

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Battle of the Beasts
236 votes

#4 - Battle of the Beasts

Season 11 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/25/2017

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.

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Movie Magic, Part 2
112 votes

#5 - Movie Magic, Part 2

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/27/2015

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.

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Frightening Families
253 votes

#6 - Frightening Families

Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/21/2017

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

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Journey Into Fear, Part 2
207 votes

#7 - Journey Into Fear, Part 2

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/22/2017

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.

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205 votes

#8 - Dinoplasty

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/7/2012

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.

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Puppet Masters
272 votes

#9 - Puppet Masters

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/7/2017

The remaining teams must create life-size puppets inspired by different types of tradesmen.

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Sinister Showdown: Part 2
180 votes

#10 - Sinister Showdown: Part 2

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/13/2016

After revising their makeups with their directors, the artists improve their characters in order to get them ready for filming.

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Tiki Twist
250 votes

#11 - Tiki Twist

Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/11/2017

The final five must create a representation of a Hawaiian god or goddess.

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Let the Games Begin
79 votes

#12 - Let the Games Begin

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/27/2015

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

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Monster Twist
129 votes

#13 - Monster Twist

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/2/2012

The competing artists are tasked with creating original movie monsters based on sketches done by children. And a new twist changes everything

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Living the Dream
194 votes

#14 - Living the Dream

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/26/2013

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

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Monkey Business
84 votes

#15 - Monkey Business

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/20/2015

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.

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Creature Carnage
94 votes

#16 - Creature Carnage

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/21/2014

The four semifinalists conquer giant city-crushing monstrosities in order to crush their way straight into the finale.

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Living Art
165 votes

#17 - Living Art

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/24/2013

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

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Twisted Tales
201 votes

#18 - Twisted Tales

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/16/2011

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.

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Gargoyle Guardians
247 votes

#19 - Gargoyle Guardians

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/18/2017

The last four must create a gargoyle inspired by a different style of architecture.

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The Dream Team
90 votes

#20 - The Dream Team

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/14/2015

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.

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Intergalactic Congress
241 votes

#21 - Intergalactic Congress

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/4/2017

The remaining artists, competing individually, must create an alien delegate for an intergalactic congress.

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Alien Apocalypse
206 votes

#22 - Alien Apocalypse

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/19/2013

The artists visit the set of the new Syfy series "Defiance" to inspire original alien creations.

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Wasteland Warriors
261 votes

#23 - Wasteland Warriors

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/28/2017

The teams must create the driver behind Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic vehicle. Oh, about that cliffhanger…

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Alien Interpreters
214 votes

#24 - Alien Interpreters

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/22/2012

This week, aliens are the artists' focus and guest judge Star Trek Next Generation's LeVar Burton helps out.

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Dragon's Breath
171 votes

#25 - Dragon's Breath

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/28/2014

Dragon makeups are created by the 13 remaining artists for the season's first individual Spotlight Challenge.

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