SPOILER ALERT! Keep reading only if you want to know who was crowned the winner of Syfy’s Face Off.
On Tuesday’s season 4 finale of the effects makeup competition, the three finalists were presented a unique and difficult task. Wayne Anderson, Kris Kobzina, and Anthony Kosar had proven their talents when it came to creating full-body suits, but in this last challenge, head-to-toe prosthetics were not an option.
When the contestants’ makeup models performed in Las Vegas water and acrobatics show Le Rêve: The Dream, subtle designs and solid application – not going big – was key.
That proved somewhat difficult for Anderson and Kobzina, who both displayed a preference for full-body makeups this season. Though the judges had plenty of praise for both of them in the finale, Kosar was declared the winner.
After talking with Kosar about his win, EW caught up with season 4’s two runners-up, Anderson and Kobzina. Read on to learn about their experience shooting the finale in Las Vegas, their current makeup projects, and how the makers of Face Off surprised them with a trip to see a summer blockbuster.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was going through your head as you stood on that stage waiting for Glenn to announce the winner?
WAYNE ANDERSON:It’s hard to say exactly. Glenn will do his typical stare at you and then look away and then say the name of the other person that’s winning or that’s being eliminated. I was on the elimination stage once, in the very first episode. And he was just staring right at me, and my heart was pounding, and then he says, ‘Troy.’ I was just like, ‘Oh my God.’ So in a way, it was like the same feeling. But it was a good feeling because you’re in the top three with two other amazing artists. I was just so thrilled to be there with them and go through that experience. The way I look at it is it would [have been] nice to win, but at the same time, to me, it’s not all about winning. Just being I there and getting the exposure was the best thing to me. And hearing the judges’ critique of my work – that’s worth more than the [prize] money.
What was it like to watch your makeups in Le Rêve: The Dream?
Just right off out of the gate when they tell us that we’re going to be doing this show in Vegas, I’m like, ‘Alright, we’re doing a show in Vegas!’ And then they say they have to be waterproof makeups. So I was kind of bummed right off that bat because I knew we were going to be really limited on what we could do. We had to stay away from the nose [area], we couldn’t cover up too much of their face or anything that was going to distract them or make them disoriented, we couldn’t cover up their hands or their feet. It was really hard to try to design something after the whole season when we’re all going so big, and then we feel cut in half on what we can do.
But just watching that show was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed. Then having my work out there just running around, and my demon and Anthony’s demon fighting in the center – it was breathtaking. I had goose bumps the entire time, and I was just like, ‘Please don’t fall apart.’ The [angel character I created], she was doing these back flips off the net, and I was like, “Oh God, there’s a whole back piece that’s on her,” a really big appliance. I designed it so it was contoured to her back so it wouldn’t rip, and it held up. It was something that I learned from [the challenge], how to seal the appliances.
Did the judges take a close look at the makeups again after the water show?
They actually did the show once, and none of the makeups fell apart, so they made them do it again.. and all the makeups held up. We were all ecstatic that they held up through two shows.
Looking back on this challenge, is there anything you wish you had done differently?
I’m always in that spot where it’s the painting thing. The last thing to do is the paint. Our foam runs for some reason kept second skinning. Second skin is pretty much like a surface layer that’s bubbling up on the foam when there’s moisture still in the molds or something like that. A lot of our pieces were doing that, so we had to constantly keep running the foam, and I didn’t get my pieces until that morning in Vegas, so I had to seal all those pieces. You’re doing two to three layers of ProZaid, which is the medical-grade adhesive we used to glue the appliances to the skin. I had to do all that that morning before even applying or painting. When you’re having fun, time flies, and that’s what happened. If I could have had five hours to paint, I would have been thrilled. But I guess there’s always room for ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda.’
Was it difficult to keep it a secret from friends and family that you had made it to the finale?
It was super hard. All my family was like, ‘Well, we know you made it far because you were gone for a long time!’ I was like, ‘You don’t know that. They were just holding me in the house on lockup.’
Which of your makeups from the show are you most proud of?
To be honest, I absolutely loved every single one I did on the show, without a doubt. The team challenges are the most fun because you get to collaborate with another great artist that has a crazy, crazy imagination. On the first challenge I got to work with Alex. I think everyone underestimated her. She was such a great artist to work with. I actually thought she got eliminated way too soon. I thought overall she was the strongest girl.
But as far as my favorite makeup [that I did on my own], I would probably say the crocodile [for the Evil Dead-inspired mummy challenge], just because Glenn told us on the werewolf [challenge] that we should have integrated the werewolf head down lower and put it where the actor could use the jaw of the werewolf to move, so I did that with the crocodile and it worked. And I had a lot of fun sculpting all the scales.
What was it like watching the episodes?
When the show [was] airing, we’d go over to Kris Kobzina’s house and watch it with his family. Eric Fox [came] over with his wife, Sherry. So it was us three, all sitting there. Katie [Machaiek] [was] over there a few times too. She was there [for the finale]. And a couple of friends from Cinema Makeup School would show up. Watching the show each week, it was great seeing how everything [came] together — all the little tidbits that the editing department put together with me being ‘Beefcake,’ and slo-mo and glittering stuff – I was crying from laughter. Then the whole thing with the bromance with Eric. We just watched that, and we just laughed so hard.
Tell me about building that makeshift gym in the garage of the contestant house during production.
Me and a few other guys in the house, we’re active and work out and stuff. Me probably a little more so. I was just trying to keep my Beefcake up, I guess! I would always do push ups and stuff in the house, and we wanted to work out so bad somewhere. And the place where we did interviews, there was a little gym, so when we’d be waiting in between interviews, I would go in there and do a couple reps. But one day at the house, I was just looking around the garage, and I realized I could use a lot of the stuff the crew left for filming [to make workout equipment.]
Me, House, and Eric Zapata – we would all worked out together, and then we’d always joke around that it was Wayne’s World Gym, that they were trying to get a membership to the gym and it was $29.95 a month. It was the funniest little thing we could do to keep ourselves entertained in the house. And it was a good way to de-stress after challenges.
What have you been working on since you wrapped Face Off?
[Two days] after I got off the show, I did a full-body live cast on my brother. He had just moved out here. I was like, ‘I’m gonna do a full-body creature suit cause I’m in the mood to do one.’ It was all foam latex. He has stilts that are fabricated that give him that werewolf style of leg where he’s up on his hind legs, and then he has these really big wings that go up about 25 feet and they’re all animatronic. Now I’m adding to it and refining this creature suit, and it’s going to debut at Monsterpalooza [in Burbank, Calif.] in about three weeks. Hopefully I’ll get some big-time names looking at my work and telling me what I can do better. It’s probably going to be the biggest makeup that they’ve ever had there just because of the wings. I was joking around with a few people, ‘I’m going to put a permanent marker on the tip of the wing and have my brother sign my name on the roof at Monsterpalooza.’
And Eric Fox lives pretty close to where I live. He just got a studio, and he’s picking up the keys today. I’m going to be moving a few of my items over there and working on stuff, and he has a lot of jobs and work coming in, so I’m going to be working with him on a few gigs. Things are kind of falling into place, and Eric’s so nice to let me come in there and work as [part of] a team, keep this Face Off thing going in a way.