The BEST Episodes of Face Off

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 6, 2020

Network: Syfy

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.

Burtonesque

#1 - Burtonesque

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 29, 2012

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

star 8.29
234 votes
The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge

#2 - The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.12
221 votes
One Knight Only

#3 - One Knight Only

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.09
103 votes
Battle of the Beasts

#4 - Battle of the Beasts

Season 11 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.04
282 votes
Dinoplasty

#5 - Dinoplasty

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.99
225 votes
Frightening Families

#6 - Frightening Families

Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 21, 2017

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

star 7.97
315 votes
Journey Into Fear, Part 2

#7 - Journey Into Fear, Part 2

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 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.

star 7.97
242 votes
Let the Games Begin

#8 - Let the Games Begin

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 2015

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

star 7.92
90 votes
Monkey Business

#9 - Monkey Business

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.92
95 votes
Movie Magic, Part 2

#10 - Movie Magic, Part 2

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.91
126 votes
Puppet Masters

#11 - Puppet Masters

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 7, 2017

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

star 7.90
341 votes
Monster Twist

#12 - Monster Twist

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 2, 2012

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

star 7.89
150 votes
Tiki Twist

#13 - Tiki Twist

Season 11 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 11, 2017

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

star 7.88
299 votes
Sinister Showdown: Part 2

#14 - Sinister Showdown: Part 2

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 13, 2016

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

star 7.83
220 votes
Living the Dream

#15 - Living the Dream

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 2013

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

star 7.82
208 votes
Gargoyle Guardians

#16 - Gargoyle Guardians

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 18, 2017

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

star 7.79
291 votes
Twisted Tales

#17 - Twisted Tales

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.79
218 votes
Alien Interpreters

#18 - Alien Interpreters

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 22, 2012

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

star 7.79
231 votes
Intergalactic Congress

#19 - Intergalactic Congress

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 4, 2017

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

star 7.79
292 votes
Living Art

#20 - Living Art

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 24, 2013

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

star 7.79
193 votes
Alien Apocalypse

#21 - Alien Apocalypse

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 19, 2013

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

star 7.77
221 votes
Switched and Hitched

#22 - Switched and Hitched

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 23, 2011

In teams of two, the contestants turn brides into grooms and grooms into brides.

star 7.76
187 votes
Abstract Aliens

#23 - Abstract Aliens

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 24, 2017

A group of returning all-stars compete in Season 11, which begins with the artists having to incorporate green screen technology when creating unique alien creatures.

star 7.75
402 votes
The Dream Team

#24 - The Dream Team

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.75
103 votes
Wasteland Warriors

#25 - Wasteland Warriors

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 28, 2017

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

star 7.74
322 votes