What’s Going On With Face Off This Season?

What’s Going On With Face Off This Season?

What’s Going On With Face Off This Season…

Ok, I’m not sure what’s going on with Face Off this season but I am not understanding the judges decisions at all.  I have seen some really good makeups be sent off the stage as “safe” for the week while some of the top looks are simply less impressive than the so called “Safe Looks.” This really has me asking week after week, “What in they hell are my beloved judges thinking?”

I have decided to be as honest as possible with my thoughts here so if by chance anyone from the show ever reads this, my apologies.  Please keep in mind you’re all more talented than I am.  I only dabbled in makeup as a kid and a little in high school.  That was decades ago.  The things I see you all do are so beyond anything I was ever capable of.  I do feel however that I am certainly capable of telling a good makeup from a bad make up.  But, I also understand that at the end of the day, it’s all subjective.

This season, I have not really seen any of the artists that stand out.  In past season, you pretty much knew by late in the season who the stars on the show are.  This season, no one stands out.  I haven’t seen anyone consistently make good make ups.  It’s a toss up each week as to who will be in the top looks and who will end up on the bottom.

That being said, I think a lot of that has to do with the judges decisions.  They are constantly sending looks that should be “Top Look” makeups back to the waiting room as simply “safe” for the week.  I am at a loss for what they are thinking most weeks this season. I don’t have time to go back week by week and point out what I think are errors in judging.  Instead, I will look at just one week in particular when a good makeup was sent home over what was at best, a marginal makeup.


A couple of weeks ago, the winner’s make up was, in my opinion, Not very good.  It was Ben’s “The Human Peacock.” I sat with my jaw dropped as they sung praise after praise over this blah makeup. The bumpy texture looked amateurish. The best thing about it was the feathers and lack of seams in the makeup. Other than that, it was boring and uninspiring.

Ben Human Peacock Faceoff Season 9

Ben Ploughman’s “The Human Peacock”

Seriously, compare Ben’s “The Human Peacock” with Jordan’s “Elephant Lady.”  Jordan’s makeup was considered, just “safe” for the week.  Ben’s makeup was the winner?  Are you kidding me?  I was listening to the things the judges were saying about Ben’s makeup and I kept wondering what in the hell they were talking about.  It’s a bland and uninspired makeup. At best, it was a “safe” makeup. I like the character, I thought it was a good idea.  But, the makeup itself couldn’t have been anymore underwhelming.

Jordan Elephant Lady Faceoff Season 9.

Jordan Patton’s “Elephant Lady”

Now, we get to Meg’s makeup for the week, “Inside Out Oscar.” Now, to some extent I agree with some of judges and their critiques with regard to the anatomy aspect. However, when it comes to the application and look, it blows away Ben’s “Peacock” makeup and I honestly believe anyone that thinks differently is simply delusional. Ve Neil of all people, the person that gave us some of the most inspiring, beautiful characters ever and she thought the the “Peacock” should win that week?  Even’s “Moon Girl” was more interesting and inspiring than Ben’s Peacock makeup and it was a bottom look!

Meg Inside Out Oscar Faceoff Season 9

Meg Wilbur’s “Inside Out Oscar”

Evan Moon Girl Faceoff Season 9.

Evan Hedges “Moon Girl”

Week after week, it seems the judges are making really bad choices.  I just don’t recall another season where I have disagreed with the judges as much.  Normally, even though I disagree with them, I at least can see where they’re coming from and I accept their judgment because they are there in person and up close. This season, at times, when talking about a specific makeup I can’t believe they’re actually praising the same makeup I am looking at.

I have no idea who is going to be the winner this season and as I write this I really wonder if maybe it’s not the artists this season have been so inconsistent with their work but rather it’s the judges that have just made it seem that way.  If I had the time, I’d go back and look at all the makeups for each week and match them to the artist.  I am pretty sure if I did that, it would be a little more obvious who the stand outs are. I’m guessing that because of the judging inconsistencies or, in my opinion, judging errors, it only appears that there hasn’t been any strong standout artists this season.

The only thing I am really sure about this season is that Meg should not have been sent home and the judging this season seems to me to be so off base.  Every week, I find myself completely disagreeing with many of the decisions they are making.

I look forward to the rest of the season.  Face Off is probably my favorite “reality” show.  I can’t stand 99.9% of reality shows I’ve seen on TV.  Most reality shows are stupid, shallow, mindless entertainment made for a stupid, mindless, shallow public.  But, there’s a few that are truly interesting and Face Off is on the top of that list.  So, when a season like this comes along and there’s not really any standout artists at this point in the show I have to really wonder if it’s not so much the artists fault as it is a problem with judging.

It’s important to add that I don’t think judges need to be changed for next season.  I don’t think what’s been going on this season with the judges is a conspiracy on their part to make the winners seem almost random.  I just think, it’s a weird season and the only thing that really stands out as to why is the judges decisions thus far.  They honestly just seem that their decision making is “off” is all I’m trying to say.

Updated: 10-10-15 3:35pm Oh and one last thing about Ben Ploughman on Face Off.  I was just rereading this quick article and it’s important to say that I think Ben is a great artist.  I just did not like this particular makeup at all.  Exception of the feathers and the character concept.  He’s done some really good work this season and I wish him the best this season. Everyone on the show is truly talented.