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The fifth season of the Syfy reality television series Face Off premiered on August 13, 2013. The season features 16 prosthetic makeup artists competing against each other to create makeup effects. This is the first season to feature the return of eight prior contestants competing against eight new contestants. The grand prize for the fifth season is a VIP trip from Kryolan to one of their 85 locations, a 2013 Fiat 500, and $100,000. A rule violation occurred and is noted during the end credits of episode 5, details are unknown.

Judges

Contestants

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The contestants of Season 5

Veterans

Rookies

Contestant progress

Contestant Episode
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Roy IN IN IN‡ LOW HIGH HIGHIN‡ IN LOW WIN LOW IN FINALIST
Tate IN‡ IN HIGH IN IN WIN LOW IN WIN IN WIN WIN FINALIST
Miranda WIN IN WIN WIN IN IN HIGH WIN HIGH IN LOW OUT
Laney HIGH HIGH HIGH IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW IN LOW QUIT
Eddie LOW IN IN IN LOW IN LOW HIGH IN OUT
Frank LOW IN LOW HIGH IN IN IN IN OUT
Alana HIGH WIN HIGH IN IN LOW IN OUT
Scott IN IN IN LOW LOW LOW OUT
Lyma IN LOW HIGH IN HIGH OUT
RJ LOW IN IN IN OUT
Adolfo LOW IN HIGH OUT
Eric LOW LOW OUT
Rick HIGH IN OUT
Sam IN OUT
Tolin OUT

Episodes

Special: The Vets Strike Back

Main article: The Vets Strike Back

A review of the eight veteran contestants' performances in their respective seasons by McKenzie and the judges along with a preview of the new season.

Episode 1: "Going for Gold"

Main article: Going for Gold
Teams (Theme) Fantasy character
Veterans (Witch & Servants) Newcomers (Council)
RJ, Eric, & Frank Tolin & Eddie Ogre
Roy Laney & Rick Faun
Tate Adolfo Troll
Alana & Miranda Lyma Pixie
Laura Sam & Scott witch
  • Airdate: August 13, 2013
  • Foundation Challenge: Creating an original character inspired by one of the costumed partygoers where the competitors met.
    • Guests: Yaya Han, Riki "Riddle" Lecotey, Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad and Jessie Lagers of SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay.
    • Guest Judge: Catherine Hardwicke
    • Reward: Immunity
      • Top Foundations: Tate, Roy and Laura
        • Winner: Tate
  • Spotlight Challenge: The contestants worked as two teams of eight, veterans against newcomers, to create five original hyper stylized fantasy characters that would all fit in the same world.
    • Winning Team: Veterans
    • Top Looks: Miranda & Alana, Laura, Laney & Rick (top looks on losing team)
    • Bottom Looks: Eddie & Tolin, Adolfo, Eric & Frank & RJ (bottom looks on winning team)
      • Winner: Miranda
      • Eliminated: Tolin

Episode 2: "Future Frankenstein"

Main article: Future Frankenstein
Teams Concept
Alana, Laney, & Laura Living Battery and Charger
Eddie, Miranda, & Sam Brainwashed Cyborgs
Adolfo, Roy, & Scott Monster Resurrecting His Bride
Lyma, RJ, & Tate Post-Apocalyptic Adam and Eve
Eric, Frank, & Rick Genetically Connected
  • Airdate: August 20, 2013
  • Spotlight Challenge: The contestants worked in teams to create futuristic versions of Frankenstein's monster and his bride.
    • Guest Judge: Kevin Grevioux (in place of Neville Page)
    • Reward: The winner's work will be featured at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights 23.
    • Top Looks: Alana, Laura, & Laney
    • Bottom Looks: Lyma, Eric, & Sam
      • Winner: Alana
      • Eliminated: Sam

Episode 3: "Gettin' Goosed"

Main article: Gettin' Goosed
Teams Mother Goose character
Adolfo & Lyma Humpty Dumpty
RJ & Roy The Cat and the Fiddle
Scott & Eddie The Man in the Moon
Frank & Laura Little Miss Muffet
Alana & Laney This Little Piggy
Rick & Eric The Crooked Sixpence
Tate & Miranda Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
  • Airdate: August 27, 2013
  • Foundation Challenge: The artists must turn a male model into a female demon inspired by Insidious: Chapter 2.
    • Guest Judge: Glenn Hetrick
    • Top Foundations: Rick and Roy
    • Reward: Director James Wan announced via satellite that the winner will receive a copy of Insidious and attend the red carpet premiere of Insidious Chapter 2 with a friend.
      • Winner: Roy
  • Spotlight Challenge: In a double elimination, contestants must work in teams of two (of their choice) to create a modern Mother Goose character with a twist.
    • Top Looks: Alana & Laney, Adolfo & Lyma and Tate & Miranda
    • Bottom Looks: Laura & Frank and Rick & Eric
      • Winner: Miranda
      • Eliminated: Rick & Eric

Episode 4: "Subterranean Terror"

Main article: Subterranean Terror
Contestant Room
Alana Tate Kelp & Sea Life
Roy Scott Tentacles & Ink
Eddie Lyma Toxic Waste & Bones
Adolfo Frank Chains & Electrical Panel
Laney Miranda Broken Door & Hair
Laura RJ Scratches & Chains
  • Airdate: September 3, 2013
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' first individual challenge is to use the clues they find in an abandoned power plant's tunnel system to create a subterranean creature.
    • Guest Judge: Jordu Schell
    • Top Looks: Frank, Miranda and Laura
    • Bottom Looks: Scott, Aldolfo and Roy
      • Winner: Miranda
      • Eliminated: Adolfo

Episode 5: "Mother Earth Goddess"

Main article: Mother Earth Goddess
  • Airdate: September 10, 2013
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' challenge is to create a mother nature deity that incorporates their mothers in the design.
    • Top Looks: Laura, Roy and Lyma
    • Bottom Looks: Scott, Eddie and RJ
      • Winner: Laura
      • Eliminated: RJ

SPECIAL NOTE: During the end credits there is a note that states 'During the taping of this episode, it became apparent that a rules violation occurred. The producers took the action they deemed appropriate to address and remedy the situation.'

Episode 6: "Trick or Treat"

Main article: Trick or Treat
  • Airdate: September 17, 2013
Contestant Halloween Costume
Laura Lyma Vampire
Frank Eddie Scarecrow
Laney Scott Clown
Tate Miranda Skeleton
Alana Roy Devil
  • Foundation Challenge: The artists must create an original makeup inspired by a pair of false teeth.
    • Guest Judge: Valli O'Reilly
    • Top Foundations: Tate, Roy, and Miranda
    • Reward: Immunity
      • Winner: Roy
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' challenge is to create a monster based on a Halloween costume and add a gimmick to its design.
    • Top Looks: Tate, Laney, and Roy
    • Bottom Looks: Lyma, Alana, and Scott
      • Winner: Tate
      • Eliminated: Lyma

Episode 7: "Living Art"

Main article: Living Art
  • Airdate: September 24, 2013
Contestant Art Movement
Laura Miranda Cubism
Frank Alana Contructivism
Laney Pop Art
Tate Scott Surrealism
Eddie Roy Espressionism
  • Foundation Challenge: The artists must create an original makeup inspired by Elvira.
    • Guest Judge: Elvira
    • Top Foundations: Tate and Roy
    • Reward: Immunity and a fully stocked makeup kit from Kryolan.
      • Winner: Roy
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' challenge is to create a character who would reflect an art movement.
    • Top Looks: Miranda, Laney and Laura
    • Bottom Looks: Scott, Tate and Eddie
      • Winner: Laura
      • Eliminated: Scott

Episode 8: "Cosmic Circus"

Main article: Cosmic Circus
  • Airdate: October 1, 2013
Teams Concepts
Laura & Roy Parasite/Host Animal Tamer
Alana & Laney Reptilian Ringmaster
Eddie & Miranda Seductive Contortionist
Frank & Tate Punk Rock Dumpster Dweller
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' challenge is to create dark and sexy alien-circus performers, inspired by Cirque Berzerk. The models (actual members of the Cirque Berzerk troupe) will perform as members of an intergalactic circus troupe. The artists are divided into four teams of two, of their choice.
    • Top Looks: Eddie and Miranda
    • Bottom Looks: Laney and Alana
      • Winner: Miranda
      • Eliminated: Alana

Episode 9: "Mortal Sins"

Main article: Mortal Sins
  • Airdate: October 8, 2013
Contestant Sin Color
Roy Pride Violet
Tate Sloth Light Blue
Frank Gluttony Orange
Eddie Envy Green
Miranda Lust Blue
Laney Greed Yellow
Laura Wrath Red
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' challenge is to create a forbidding character that embodies one of the Seven Deadly Sins. The competitors must also incorporate the color representing their chosen sin into their designs.
    • Guest Judge: Bryan Fuller
    • Top Looks: Miranda and Tate
    • Bottom Looks: Frank and Roy
      • Winner: Tate
      • Eliminated: Frank

Episode 10: "Laughing Dead"

Main article: The Laughing Dead
  • Airdate: October 15, 2013
Contestant Concept
Roy Vaudeville performers
Laura Mad scientist
Tate Acting cowboy
Miranda Marie Antoinette
Laney Punk rock girl
Eddie Baseball player
  • Foundation Challenge: The artists must create the head under the hood for the iconic Grim Reaper.
    • Guest Judge: Patrick Tatopoulos
    • Top Foundations: Laura and Tate
    • Reward: Immunity
      • Winner: Laura
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists must create horror-comedy ghosts, in the tradition of films like Beetlejuice.
    • Top Looks: Laura and Roy
    • Bottom Looks: Eddie and Laney
      • Winner: Roy
      • Eliminated: Eddie

Episode 11: "Dark Magic"

Main article: Dark Magic
  • Air date: October 22, 2013
Contestant Rune Meaning
Laura Perthro Occult Abilities
Tate Berkano Regeneration
Miranda Thurizaz Chaos
Roy Laguz Psychic Powers
Laney Eihwas Immortality
Not chosen Isaz Ice
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists must create an original dark elf character reflecting ancient Norse runes. The artists each pick a rune, but are only told its meaning after choosing. After the first day in the lab, it is revealed that Laney has quit the competition. The challenge proceeds as if there will still be a normal elimination. When it comes to the elimination, however, the judges announce that neither of the bottom artists will be sent home as they did not quit.
    • Top Looks: Laura and Tate
    • Bottom Looks: Roy and Miranda
      • Winner: Tate
      • Dropped Out: Laney ( No Elimination )

Episode 12: "Flights of Fantasy"

Main article: Flights of Fantasy
  • Air date: October 29, 2013
Contestant Bird
Miranda Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill
Roy Blue-Throated McCaw
Tate Egyptian Vulture
Laura Umbrella Cockatoo
Not chosen Chilean Flamingo
  • Spotlight Challenge: The artists' must create a human-bird hybrid using a real life bird as their inspiration.
    • Winner: Tate
    • Eliminated: Miranda

Episode 13: "Swan Song"

Main article: Swan Song
  • Air date: November 5, 2013
Contestant Time Period Team
Roy Ming Dynasty Frank, Scott
Laura Italian Renaissance Miranda, Eddie
Tate Industrial Revolution Alana, Lyma
Not Chosen The Roaring Twenties
  • Spotlight Challenge: The final three must create two characters, a Swan and a Sorcerer, based on different time periods for a performance of Swan Lake.
    • Winner: Laura

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