Episode Guide

The Winning Look
Photo: Courtesy of Lifetime

Episode Guide

01 of 25

Competition 1: Play with Food

Competition 1: Play with Food
Courtesy of Lifetime

The contestants arrive at their new digs, meet show host Vanessa Marcil (not pictured) and celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green (far left) and get right to work. Their first challenge: make up a model using items from the catering table. The spread includes berries, beets, curry powder and cake frosting. Here, mentor Charlie checks in with Maura "Mo" Lewitts, who's using yellow flower petals as faux lashes.

02 of 25

Rainell Preps Her Food

Rainell Preps Her Food
Courtesy of Lifetime

Contestant Rainell readies bright blue eye shadow-er, cake frosting. Also on her plate: strawberries to create a bright mouth.

03 of 25

Competition 1: The Winner

Competition 1: The Winner
Courtesy of Lifetime

Maxi, who played a little solo pool when he arrived at the contestants' house, won the food-as-makeup challenge with dramatic crimson and brown shades on the eyes. The win guaranteed him immunity at the elimination round after the next competition.

04 of 25

Competition 2: "Twisted Disco"

Competition 2: "Twisted Disco"
Courtesy of Lifetime

Guest judge (and pop star!) Dannii Minogue (far right) challenges the contestants to create a "twisted disco" look she could wear in a music video. She then joins the judges, celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip and In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein, to decide whose look followed the challenge most closely.

05 of 25

The Winning Look

The Winning Look
Hannah Ross/Lifetime

Using the supplies in his kit and Max Factor Vivid Impact Eye Shadow in Brassy Berry and Vivid Impact Highlighting Mascara, Todd-who is color-blind-created a bold, colorful look that Dannii loved.

COME BACK NEXT WEEK for behind-the-scenes photos of the makeup artists' first photo shoot

06 of 25

The Challenge: '40s Beauty

The Challenge: '40s Beauty
Courtesy of Lifetime

Charlie Green wakes the contestants up at 5 a.m. for the elimination round, in which their challenge is to create a '40s look with a modern twist for a high-end editorial shoot focusing on jewelry.

07 of 25

The Challenge

The Challenge
Courtesy of Lifetime

Nolan, who won the first challenge of the episode with Todd for their use of full-body makeup, created modern look that didn't quite hit the '40s mark.

08 of 25

The Challenge

The Challenge
Courtesy of Lifetime

Farah nailed the challenge with a very classic look from the era: a strong extended brow and eyeliner. Judge Hal Rubenstein loved the look, saying that Farah adapted the makeup well for her model and "made her into a knockout."

09 of 25

Blush Episode 2

Blush Episode 2
Courtesy of Lifetime

Maxi, who wore a dramatic headdress for the competition, created a very pretty, yet simple look. The photographer at the shoot criticized how difficult he was to work with on-set, which disappointed Maxi.

10 of 25

The Challenge

The Challenge
Courtesy of Lifetime

Todd, who shows great confidence in his abilities and won last week's show, chose his model because she was "fierce." And while the makeup he did was lovely, the judges didn't find it remarkable enough to earn a second win.

11 of 25

The Winning Look

The Winning Look
Hannah Ross/Lifetime

Ultimately, Farah's classic look took the top honor, and she won a piece of Judith Leiber jewelry from the shoot. Not so lucky was Rainell, whom the judges sent home. Coming next week: the stress test! Contestants will be tasked with creating the perfect wedding makeup for a bride and her bridesmaids.

12 of 25

The Challenge: Wedding Day Makeup

The Challenge: Wedding Day Makeup
Courtesy of Lifetime

The elimination round challenged contestants (in teams of two) to create looks for brides and their attendants. The bride-to-be assigned to Farah (pictured center, who won immunity at the beginning of the show) and Mo asked for a sexy, dramatic look. Makeup mentor Charlie is on hand to make sure the artists are going in the right direction.

13 of 25

The Challenge: Wedding Day Makeup

The Challenge: Wedding Day Makeup
Courtesy of Lifetime

Charlie Green looks on as Mo does her best to create a beautiful look for the flower girl, knowing that if her team fails, her partner has immunity and she will be headed home.

14 of 25

The Winning Look

The Winning Look
Courtesy of Lifetime

The bride, Grace, asked for elegant and soft makeup with a champagne lid and a strong lip, and the duo of Todd and Nolan delivered. "He caught the essence," said judge Hal Rubenstein of Todd's bridal look, which was done using Max Factor ColorGenius Foundation with Minerals and Mineral Blush, 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper and Lipfinity Lipstick. Myke, whose bride didn't look stellar according to the judges, was sent home. Next week, the group heads to Las Vegas to work with show girls!

15 of 25

BlushHeads to Vegas

Blush Heads to Vegas
Courtesy of Lifetime

The remaining contestants and makeup mentor Charlie Green hit Sin City to make over their showgirls. Whatever happens in Vegas...doesn't matter to Maxi! His win in the episode's first challenge (to give identical twins two drastically different looks), saves him from elimination.

16 of 25

The Challenge: Showgirl Makeup

The Challenge: Showgirl Makeup
Courtesy of Lifetime

The contestants must create a look for stars of Vegas's Jubilee show. Here, Jubilee's assistant company manager Diane Palm and Charlie Green explain the challenge (using performer Christine as an example)- the makeup artists will have only 30 minutes to complete the task.

17 of 25

Pre-Show Showgirl

Pre-Show Showgirl
Courtesy of Lifetime

So much makeup, so little time: Maxi chose to focus on the eyes, using dramatic techniques like faux lashes and heavy top liner.

18 of 25

The Winning Look

The Winning Look
Courtesy of Lifetime

Nolan, who used Max Factor MAXeye Shadow #200 Precious Metals and #130 Cocoa Crazy on his showgirl, hit the jackpot this week. "My inspiration was Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge," he said. Judge Joanna Shlip's feedback? "You nailed it!" Mo didn't fare as well and had to pack up her makeup bag. Next week the final four contestants will create historically iconic looks.

19 of 25

The Winning Look

The Winning Look
Courtesy of Lifetime

This week, the contestants were challenged to create a look inspired by Hollywood icons (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Sophia Loren). Maxi's Greta Garbo look, which he achieved using Max Factor Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup, was deemed the best. (Farah's Sophia Loren was seen as weakest and she went home.) Maxi, along with Todd and Nolan, will continue to next week's finale, where they will step up to the challenge of doing the makeup for a Badgley Mischka fashion show.

20 of 25

The Final Challenge

The Final Challenge
Courtesy of Lifetime

The three remaining contestants were given the task of creating three looks for a Badgley Mischka fashion show-one look for resort, another for ready-to-wear, and a final one for couture. "I was so worried about time," says Todd, left, who had to rush to get his looks done in time.

21 of 25

Maxi's Resort Look

Maxi's Resort Look
Courtesy of Lifetime

Maxi worked furiously to add head-to-toe bronzer to all his models. For the resort look, he stenciled arrows onto the models faces and for couture he stenciled a turquoise motif onto their foreheads, which the judges liked. "It's not just about putting lipstick on the lips," said Maxi of his unusual approach to makeup placement.

22 of 25

Nolan's Resort Look

Nolan's Resort Look
Courtesy of Lifetime

"Make a statement," James Mischka told Nolan, pictured here finishing up his resort look. Using Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour as his inspiration, the seasoned makeup artist drew the brow out long and thin and made the mouth bold with red lipstick.

23 of 25

Monitoring Progress

Monitoring Progress
Courtesy of Lifetime

Judges Hal Rubenstein and Joanna Schlip popped backstage to watch the challenge unfold, noting that for the first time in the competition, they got to watch the action live as opposed to just looking at photos.

24 of 25

The Final Looks

The Final Looks
Courtesy of Lifetime

The judges, joined by mentor Charlie Green, watch as the models walk the runway. Each contestant had his strengths and his weaknesses. Schlip said, "Your lips are perfection" for Nolan's resort look; the judges loved Maxi's ready-to-wear look, calling it fresh and young and Rubenstein called the couture look "so original." They said Todd's ready-to-wear makeup "suited the clothing" and Rubenstein said, "I was so impressed with your focus and enthusiasm."

25 of 25

The Winning Look

The Winning Look
Courtesy of Lifetime

Ultimately the grand prize went to Nolan, who used Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in #120 Hot for this look. He remarked that the challenge was "a great ending to a long journey." The show ended with an In Memoriam note for Todd, who tragically passed away just three days before the finale aired. Maxi called the 23-year-old "The Mozart of makeup."

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles