SheKnows: What was going through your mind becoming the first-ever Face Off Gauntlet victim?
Jasmine Ringo: I think I can speak for everyone and say we were all really shocked and really scared and kind of overwhelmed with it. It was tough. It was basically three Foundation-style challenges. Those are really hard. To do makeup on a whim without being able to sit down and really plan it out like we usually can for the Spotlight challenges, you kind of succumb to pressure. I think, finally at that point, the pressure had all kind of got to me. If you can't think clearly, you kind of resort to your old ways. I think that's what happened for me. What ultimately could have been my downfall, based on the judges' critiques, was falling into my old-school body painting techniques. They didn't really want to see that. It is what it is. They did the process of elimination in a very new, weird way. I don't really know how they broke down who was first through ninth place for each one because we really didn't see that. Yeah, it's all kind of weird, different and interesting.
SK: When you landed in the bottom looks after Stage 3 of The Gauntlet, were you confident in your makeup? Did you think you were safe?
JR: I was really shocked when I saw my name in the bottom three at the very end. The work that I had done in the previous two stages was consistent. They weren't the best of everyone, but they definitely weren't the worst. The critiques that I got from the judges were actually really positive. Again, that was something that wasn't aired on the episode. So I was confused when I saw that. I had gotten nothing but great feedback. When I saw my name on the bottom three, I was like, "Whoa, I'm lost." When we had the opportunity to stand in front of the judges and hear what they thought about the final challenge, it made sense to me why they didn't love my hero character. I felt the same way. However, some of the criticism about the background characters I didn't agree with. At the end of the day, it's not about my thoughts. It's about their thoughts. It's a fun game. It was really fun and I was excited to do it regardless. I was definitely shocked. I didn't think I would go home. I took it with a grain of salt.
SK: Reaction to your elimination on social media was intense. Many fans were upset that you were eliminated. What is your take on the fan disappointment?
JR: It was really sweet. It was really nice. This was the one episode, of course, as any previous Face Off contestant has gone through that has been eliminated, it's the one that we dread. We don't know how people are going to take it. I'm not expecting everyone to cry for me and mope and go on and on and on about how I should have moved on. I'm not expecting that. But, the positive way of how people were expressing [their disappointment] to me was really sweet. I love that. Majority speaks, I guess, sometimes, too. Sure, I would have loved to have the judges save me, but at the end of the day I still am really, really excited about everything that I've done. I don't regret anything that I've done. I grew immensely. I still have so much growing to do as an artist and I'll continue to do that as long as people want to continue to follow and see what I do.
SK: On the flip side of that, some fans were arguing somebody like Meg, who has consistently been in the bottom looks, should have been eliminated instead of you. What's your take on that?
JR: I don't know. I wish I knew the secret answer... I think after it's been nine seasons now, I think we can all agree that the judges don't base their decision off of everything you've done previously. We, as humans, naturally do that. We hold everyone accountable for everything they've done before. It's very different. Everyone wants to look at the TV and yell, "You've been in the bottom so many times and should leave." Granted, that seems like a duh by process of elimination, but for the judges, that's just not how they work. They love to spin curveballs. It is what it is. For reasons why they want to keep people on there, that's for them to decide.
SK: Did the elimination question brought up by viewers cross your mind?
JR: As to why they would pick somebody who had been in the bottom? Yeah. Of course. It makes you question yourself. If I've only been in the bottom once, what if I've never been in the bottom before? Sometimes that's happened. People have been sent home before that had never been in the bottom. Everyone is screaming at the TV like why the hell aren't you sent home? It's what keeps people on the edge of their seat. I never look at it more than the fact that it's a fun reality show. I don't hold judgment toward any of the other contestants because of that. They didn't make the decision. It's the judges. I have to respect that. It is what it is.
SK: In the first stage of The Gauntlet, it appeared you had misunderstood the concept of the exposure challenge. What exactly happened? Was that portrayal of events entirely accurate?
JR: It was funny. I wish they would have had a camera on me when they were judging the first couple of people on the desert side. They started down at the end with Evan. I hear their criticism and I'm instantly like, "Oh, shit. What did I do wrong?" I thought about it and when they came over we had a long talk about it. The judges were there for probably 10 or 15 minutes discussing it because even they were confused. You saw that part where Ve was asking me, "What exactly were you told?" I said, "We were told that it was an exposure challenge. They didn't emphasize weather..." I think what happened with me was I looked over at Evan and I looked over at Stevie and I said, "I don't want to do what they're doing. I want to do something different." Exposure could be a poisonous insect. That could be a poisonous plant. I had a really fun story about how he had been infected. They [the judges] really loved everything I did. Glenn loved my prosthetic. Neville loved my airbrushing. Ve loved my paint job. They said, "We love everything about this. However, it may impact where you rank because you didn't necessarily follow the guidelines." They went and double checked what those guidelines were. I guess I blanked out. I didn't stop to ask anyone because I didn't think the emphasis was on the weather element. It was partly my bad. That's what happens. You blank out. When you're under that kind of pressure, you just totally blank out. I blanked out. I thought I was going down a cool, different road. Did I hate the makeup? No. Did they? No, not at all. They actually loved it a lot. It just didn't fit the criteria. I kind of had to take one for the team, I guess.
SK: How did you become a contestant?
JR: I've followed the show from the very beginning and was hooked completely. At that time, I was not doing effects at this level. I've been a beauty makeup artist for 14 years. I was doing face painting and body painting. I was into it. I understood what effects was, but I didn't have the access to it. So I did a lot of self-teaching over the years. One day, Rod Maxwell from Season 3 came into my store looking for makeup and we got to talking. We totally hit it off and he became my mentor. He really helped me learn effects and take it to that next level. He loved where I was as an artist already. He loved all my artwork. He was like, "You should really go audition for Face Off." I was like, "No. You're crazy." He's the one that dropped my name to the crew. I got the phone call from them. He really kind of pushed me along. That's how that door opened for me.
SK: Being a longtime fan of the show, what was it like finally getting to experience it?
JR: Oh, my God. It's literally the best experience of my life thus far. It was so amazing and overwhelming. I wish I could live that life every single day having that amazing lab to work in. Working with the whole crew of people that I worked with was the most warming, welcoming people. I learned from every single one of them... we wanted everyone to succeed no matter if we were competing at the end of the day. That was really the best part about all of it. The production crew, the judges, they were the best sort of people to be around. It was really a dream come true.
SK: Is there a specific film or character that motivates or inspires your makeups?
JR: I am a really big Harry Potter nerd. I would say that the ultimate type of makeup that I would love to get into is the hyper-realism work. The Gringotts goblins are some of my favorite makeups I've ever seen. I love the fantasy creature element. That's something I always try to tie in to my work. I am very fantasy. That's the core of what my work is. I just love the idea of creating something out of nowhere; a loving world that has a little mystery and dark beauty to it.
SK: What didn't viewers get to learn about you?
JR: There are tiny little glimpses of the goofiness you get from me. When I work, especially in that type of genre, I get into a British accent a lot. I do everything with a British accent. It's just a weird tick that I have. Ultimately, yeah, I'm really, really silly. When I left, I thought about that. Am I gonna come across as this really quiet type of person? I was nervous and I became very reserved once I got there, which is not like me. I'm usually the loud person. I'm usually the opinionated person and really silly. When I got there and we were filming all the time, I dialed it down because I was worried about how that might come out. I didn't want it to come out and look ridiculous. I wanted to be taken seriously for the work I was doing. I am overall happy with the way I was portrayed.
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