Makeup Artist Michael Westmore Discusses Kryolan, Face Off's New Sponsor

Kryolan Professional Make-up is proud to announce that they will be the official make-up sponsor of Face Off, Season 5.  Syfy’s critically acclaimed hit reality competition series premiered Tuesday, August 13 and features eight talented and up-and-coming special effects make-up artists that will be competing against eight contestants from past seasons, a Face Off first.  Artists will be provided with make-up exclusively from Kryolan Professional Make-up to bring each elaborate and innovative special effects creation challenge to life.
This season, contestants will be asked to create fully realized characters that not only look camera ready for TV or film, but also tell a story specific to the challenge's genre, scene or world in the Spotlight Challenges. Season 5 challenges include creating a futuristic Frankenstein and his bride; a whimsical character inspired by Mother Goose nursery rhymes; a reimagined and modern version of a classic Halloween character complete with an articulating 'treat'; an original living art character inspired by Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Expressionism and Constructivism; and many more!
For the finale, the final three contestants will each create two lead characters from Swan Lake: a woman transforming into a swan and the sorcerer who casts the spell on her. These finale makeups will be put to the test in an epic performance by the Los Angeles Ballet.

of a good airbrush.  Each of the prior steps are important and must be closely adhered to. The winning and losing comes down to the final step where the artists must use all their knowledge and skill to apply the final makeup touches. These products and techniques are unique to each contestant.

What are some of your favorite/recommended Kryolan products?

Kryolan Professional Make-up gives every makeup artist, worldwide, a versatile choice of a wide range of products.  With their large selection of cosmetics  an artist can create high fashion beauty and special effects. I have always enjoyed working with Supra Color, a full color crème makeup, Artex is used for 3 dimensional skin effects, HD Micro Foundations and Camouflage Crèmes. My all time favorite Kryolan Product is a water based cake of makeup  called Aqua Color—it is available in a multitude of colors.  I have used it for decades and thought it couldn’t get any better.  Kryolan has now developed Aqua Color Plus, which can be applied with more durability and has magical coverage; colors can even be painted over each other without smearing.

What are some of the most amazing makeup transformations you've seen on Face Off?

There have been so many amazing transformations on Face Off.  With all that talent it is difficult to be specific.  Each season the creations and ingenuity seem to be more amazing.  When the competition has been reduced to six or less, the contestants know they have to bring their “A+”  game every week. I have been so impressed with many of the designs and applications I would have hired them as makeup artists on Star Trek.


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