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Skin Wars Fresh Paint gives us one last taste

Skin Wars Fresh Paint mentors

Skin Wars season 2 just ended, but we get eased off the show with a special: Skin Wars Fresh Paint. We’ve got 3 mentors: Gear, Dutch and Natalie. We’ve also got 6 artists from different disciplines. We’ve got a graphic artist, a miniature artist, fine artist, a tattoo artist/muralist, a airbrush artist and a performance artist. We don’t get to see much of the training these artists get, which is slightly disappointing. The first thing the artists have to do is take 90 minutes to do a full front of the body waist-up paint. This challenge will determine the 3 … Continue reading

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Face Off Season 9 Episode 5 recap: The Gatekeepers

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Face Off Season 9 Episode 5 finally gives us a Foundation challenge. Ben thinks the workroom looks like they’ve entered McKenzie’s therapy session. The artists must create something based off a Rorschach test. They’ve got 2 hours and the winner will get immunity for the Spotlight challenge. Each artist gets a different inkblot on their tablet. There’s a ton of different ideas, all of them really cool. The artists seem to be doing better work with less time to overthink things. Face Off decides not to give us a good look at Jason’s makeup, which doesn’t bode well for his … Continue reading

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Skin Wars Season 2 finale recap

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The Skin Wars Season 2 finale does the usual finale stuff – we get a recap of each contestant’s journey on Skin Wars and each contestant gets a message from a loved one from home. The moments are weird with the judges watching them. It’s like “hey, we’re going to watch you have this emotional moment with a look of passive indifference.” For the final mini-challenge, the artists have to paint something on the bottom of 2 models feet in an hour & a half. Some models are ticklish, which adds another layer of difficulty.  These paints should be inspired … Continue reading

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Face Off Season 9 Episode 4 recap: Frightful Fiction

Face Off season 9 episode 4 McKenzie

Face Off Season 9 Episode 4 begins with the elimination from the 100th episode last week. You remember last week, right? It was the super-special wedding episode, so we couldn’t bum everyone out by having an elimination, could we? Like, I can’t say who went home so fast in my post without saying SPOILER ALERT, can I? In case you forgot: Jason, Missy, Meg and Nora were all in the bottom four. As I suspected, Missy was sent home. We didn’t need the week of drama – it was pretty clear in her short time on this season that she … Continue reading

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Skin Wars Season 2 episode 9 recap: The Semi-Finals

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Skin Wars Season 2 episode 9 opens with a reminder that Rio went off on Cheryl Ann as he was eliminated last week. Perhaps we’re being clued-in that her ride is about to come to an end? After a random beach shot for no apparent reason, the artists have 4 models that have their backs to them. The reveal is 4 women with pregnant bellies. They’ve got to do a mother nature inspired design on those bellies. They are told to be unique, avoid cliches and NO AIRBRUSHES. I think it would’ve been awesome to use the pregnant ladies for … Continue reading

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Face Off Season 9 episode 3 recap: Surprise of the Century

Face Off season 9 episode 3 Jasmine

Face Off Season 9 episode 3 is the 100th episode of the show. The brief look-back in the opening of the show reminds us that McKenzie really likes ships. Battleships, specifically. Anyone know why? Because of that, McKenzie says that Face Off is going to do something they’ve never done before. Couples are getting married on the Face Off stage by our host and minister McKenzie. So they’re going to be doing something RuPaul’s Drag Race has already done! What a way to celebrate. These couples will all be some kind of ‘death’ character. Using an introductory video from each … Continue reading

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Skin Wars Season 2 Episode 8 recap

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Skin Wars Season 2 Episode 8 starts with a cool mini-challenge – it’s an anatomical challenge. The artists have to do an anatomically correct painting on their models. They can do any anatomical system they want – muscles, skeleton, organs, whatever. Lana focuses on organs and the circulatory system. Cheryl Ann does the bottom half of her model, focusing on skeletal & muscular structures. She also, of course, goes on & on about who she studied under in Madrid & how many years she took anatomy. Stop it, Cheryl Ann, but I feel like you can’t help yourself. Another thing … Continue reading

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Face Off Season 9 episode 2 recap: Siren Song

Face Off Season 9 episode 2 recap: Siren Song

Face Off Season 9 episode 2 starts at a US Coast Guard ship. We learn a little bit about the Coast Guard and how it’s their 225th anniversary. McKenzie supposedly gets to drive the ship. Yeah, right. Some of the artists rightfully question why they’re on this ship. It’s not like they’re just cruising for fun. Well, of COURSE this cruise isn’t just to have a good time! The reason why everyone’s on a ship is because sirens are the most dangerous creatures of the sea. Theoretically. Sirens are creatures that lured mariners to their death with their beauty. Again, … Continue reading

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Skin Wars Season 2 Episode 7: Blacklights & teams!

Rio & Lana Skin Wars season 2 episode 7

Skin Wars Season 2 Episode 7 begins with a circus challenge. Kyle is an aerial ice skater, which I don’t quite get, but he’s really excited for this week’s challenge. This makes me nervous for his chances today. Don’t take away my quirky Kyle yet! (And don’t be so obvious. Contestant loves challenge = they’re going home. We get it.) These classic circus paints are meant to appear in front of a circus themed background. Aryn goes with a person shooting out of a cannon. Avi does a lizard woman. Cheryl Ann does a balancing elephant. Lana does a sword … Continue reading

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Face Off Season 9 premiere takes us to the Intergalactic Zoo

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The Face Off Season 9 premiere starts with the usual – we get to meet the cast. We also get teased with a challenge that includes creating a short film. That’ll be cool to see the makeups in action & see how well they hold up. The cast meet each other in pairs outside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. We also get a little mini-introduction to some of the cast. There’s a lot of them, so it’s hard to keep track of them all. Missy & Meg stand out – Missy has bright orange hair & Meg … Continue reading

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