Nude Model Challenge on Next Week’s “Face Off”

The remaining special effects make-up artists are challenged to transform nude models into living pieces of art in episode two of Syfy’s new reality competition series, Face Off, airing Wednesday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.

The episode features one of the world’s premier body painters, Filippo Ioco, as an expert guest judge for the unconventional challenge which calls upon the contestants to draw upon such inspirations as the rainforest, the ocean, a waterfall or an abstract painting in order to bring striking and bold concepts to life.

2011 Contestants 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. Judging the Face Off competition are some of the most renowned names in the SFX world — three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill, famed special make-up effects artist Glenn Hetrick and director/creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos. Together, they make a panel that is tough, smart and direct. Their on-point judging styles will push all of the contestants to the top of their game. McKenzie Westmore hosts the series, bringing a rich history and passion for the art of special effects makeup to her role.

Throughout the series, some of the industry’s most renowned artists will be guest judges, including Sean Cunningham (“Friday the 13th”), revolutionary body painter Filippo Ioco, Greg Nicotero (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) and Michael Westmore (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”).

The 12 Face Off artists will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning SFX artist will receive $100,000 and a year’s supply of make up courtesy of Alcone.

Each episode involves incredible revelations 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.

Syfy.com is also launching a roster of themed features, including Do-It-Yourself, a step-by-step guide to help viewers bring to life their very own SFX creations. Each week, Syfy.com will post a feature article, written by a Face Off judge or contestant, detailing make-up effects that users can create at home using materials that are readily available at the non-professional level.

Syfy.com will post a complete list of ingredients and components needed while providing a detailed description of how to create the week’s featured effect. Visit Syfy’s Face Off website for these articles and more.

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