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The first season of the Syfy reality television series Face Off featured twelve prosthetic makeup artists competing in a series of challenges to create makeup effects. The winner received $100,000 and a year's supply of makeup. The season premiered on January 26, 2011. Conor McCullagh of Mississauga, Ontario was the winner of Face Off season one.

Judges

Contestants

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Contestant Progress

Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Conor WIN LOW WIN IN HIGH HIGH IN WIN
Gage LOWIN HIGH HIGH IN IN HIGH FINALIST
Tate HIGH LOWIN HIGH HIGHWININ FINALIST
Sam IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
Megan IN IN LOW LOW WIN LOW OUT
Tom HIGH HIGH LOW WIN LOW OUT
Anthony IN WIN LOW LOW HIGH OUT
Jo LOW HIGH HIGH IN OUT
Marcel IN IN HIGH OUT
Frank HIGH IN OUT
Sergio LOW OUT
Jessica OUT

Episodes

Episode 1: "Welcome to the Jungle"

Main article: Welcome to the Jungle
Teams Animal
Sam & Marcel Black Beetle
Frank & Tate
Jessica & Jo Ostrich
Anthony & Megan
Sergio & Gage Elephant
Conor & Tom
  • Airdate: January 26, 2011
  • Foundation Challenge: Create an original face makeup incorporating at least one item from the introductory reception room.
    • Reward: Immunity
      • Winner: Gage
  • Spotlight Challenge: In teams of two, create a human-animal hybrid based on either a black beetle, ostrich, or elephant.
    • Top Looks: Frank & Tate, Conor & Tom
    • Bottom Looks: Jessica & Jo, Sergio & Gage
      • Winner: Conor
      • Eliminated: Jessica

Episode 2: "Naked Ambition"

Main article: Naked Ambition
Contestant Backdrop
Anthony Petrified wood
Conor New Orleans
Frank Elevator
Gage Museum
Jo Ocean
Marcel Waterfall
Megan Abstract colors
Sam Bookcase
Sergio Tornado
Tate Rainforest
Tom Stairway
  • Airdate: February 2, 2011
  • Foundation Challenge: Being their own models, the contestants will have to design an original tattoo that has a special meaning for them.
    • Guest Judge: Thomas Pendleton
    • Reward: First choice for Spotlight Challenge
      • Winner: Tate
  • Spotlight Challenge: Using one of the backdrops mentioned above, Body paint a nude model for a magazine cover photo shoot.
    • Guest Judge: Filippo Ioco
    • Top Looks: Tom, Jo, and Anthony
    • Bottom Looks: Sergio, Conor, and Tate
      • Winner: Anthony
      • Eliminated: Sergio

Episode 3: "Out of This World"

Main article: Out of This World
Teams Alien concept
Marcel & Gage Dark Side Albino Creature
Sam & Tate Crab Walker
Megan & Tom Volcano Dweller
Jo & Conor Royal Gliesan
Anthony & Frank Exoskeletal Creature
  • Airdate: February 9, 2011
  • Spotlight Challenge: Create an alien inspired by the environmental conditions speculated to exist on extrasolar planet Gliese 581 g.
    • Guest Judge: Michael Westmore
    • Top Looks: Conor & Jo, Gage & Marcel
    • Bottom Looks: Anthony & Frank, Tom & Megan
      • Winner: Conor
      • Eliminated: Frank

Episode 4: "Bad to the Bone"

Main article: Bad to the Bone
Contestant Movie title Villain concept Tagline
Anthony London Twilight Mad doctor set in Victorian England The Doctor Is Out...Of His Mind
Conor Voodoo Dawn Vengeance demon Death Is Just The Beginning
Gage Cautionary Point Undead lighthouse keeper Heed The Warning
Jo Confession Murderous Nun Confession Will Not Always Save You
Marcel Final Skate 70s era roller rink operator The Class Of '78 Is Going To Pieces
Megan Chester's Photography Deranged photographer A Picture Says A Thousand Words...His Victims Say None
Sam Baby Doll Porcelain doll-influenced killer Daddy's Little Secret Has Come Back To Play
Tate Him Genetic anomaly Your Mind...His Playground
Tom Teddy Told Me To Child-like; yo-yo weapon It's All Fun And Games Till Someone Dies
  • Airdate: February 16, 2011
  • Spotlight Challenge: Design an original slasher movie villain, and a movie poster with title and tagline.
    • Guest Judge: Sean S. Cunningham
    • Top Looks: Gage, Tate, and Tom
    • Bottom Looks: Marcel, Megan, and Anthony
      • Winner: Tom
      • Eliminated: Marcel

Episode 5: "Switched and Hitched"

Main article: Switched and Hitched
Foundation Challenge
Contestant Costume
Anthony Rastafarian
Conor Rock and Roll
Gage Biker
Jo Renaissance
Megan Pirate
Sam Western
Tate Futuristic
Tom Amish
Spotlight Challenge
Teams Couple
Anthony & Tate Peter & Cathleen
Gage & Sam Greg & Annie
Tom & Jo Dean & Mirai
Conor & Megan Willie & Cecily
  • Airdate: February 23, 2011
  • Foundation Challenge: Create a realistic facial hair makeup thet matches the model's costume.
    • Guest Judge: Steve la Porte
    • Reward: First choice of models for the Spotlight Challenge
      • Winner: Tate
  • Spotlight Challenge: Take an engaged couple and make them up so their genders are switched.
    • Top Looks: Conor & Megan, Tate & Anthony
    • Bottom Look: Tom & Jo
      • Winner: Megan
      • Eliminated: Jo

Episode 6: "The Dancing Dead"

Main article: The Dancing Dead
Contestant Zombie concept
Anthony Prostitute
Conor Classic 80's style
Gage World War II soldier
Megan Plastic surgery client
Sam Fast-food employee
Tate Home invasion
Tom Roadkill
  • Airdate: March 2, 2011
  • Foundation Challenge: Make a gallon of stage blood using grocery items, and apply it to a mock crime scene.
    • Guest Judge: Bob Jacks
    • Reward: First choice of model for the Spotlight Challenge
      • Winner: Tom
  • Spotlight Challenge: Create a zombie character to work in a choreographed dance routine with the other contestants' creations, set to "Zombie" by Natalia Kills.
    • Guest Judge: Greg Nicotero
    • Top Looks: Conor and Tate
    • Bottom Looks: Anthony, Tom, Megan
      • Winner: Tate
      • Eliminated: Anthony, Tom

Episode 7: "Family Plot"

Main article: Family Plot
Contestant Loved one Character's name
Conor Colleen (sister) Mikhail
Gage Matt (boyfriend) Monique
Megan Donna (mother) Nancy
Sam Brian (husband) Mark
Tate Holly (girlfriend) Gavin
  • Airdate: March 9, 2011
  • Spotlight Challenge: Being their own models, contestants are to create a make-up to make themselves unrecognizable to a loved one.
    • Reward: First choice of fairy tale and theme for the next Spotlight Challenge
    • Top Looks: Gage, Sam
      • Winner: Sam
      • Eliminated: Megan

Episode 8: "Twisted Tales"

Main article: Twisted Tales
Contestant Assistants Fairy Tale Theme
Conor Frank, Sergio The Frog Prince Haunted
Gage Marcel, Jessica Hansel and Gretel Industrial
Sam Jo, Megan The Little Mermaid Psychedelic
Tate Tom, Anthony Little Red Riding Hood Post-apocalyptic
Not chosen Sleeping Beauty Outer space
  • Airdate: March 16, 2011
  • Spotlight Challenge: Reimagine two fairy tale characters in a different genre.
    • Eliminated: Sam
    • Winner: Conor

Trivia

  • Connor is the only contestant to win more than 1 Challenge this season.
  • Gage is the only finalist to not win a challenge this Season.

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