Face Off's shocking twist led to another double elimination (PHOTOS)

Aug 18, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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Face Off pulled a fast one by surprising its remaining makeup artists with a slightly altered challenge concept. Behold, the Focus challenge!

Before getting to the grit of this big twist, let us rewind to last week, where we were left with four contestants facing elimination in the "to be continued" 100th episode. Jason, Missy, Meg and Nora were all on the chopping block for their poorly received undead engaged couples. To refresh your memory, here’s a look at those finished makeups again.

Meg and Nora

Meg and Nora's finished makeup

Jason and Missy

Jason and Missy's finished makeup

It was Missy the judges said goodbye to this time.

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"There was a lot that went wrong with both of your characters," judge Glenn Hetrick said. "Two of the biggest missteps were your muddy paint job and the poorly executed bone shoulder."

Missy was openly disappointed as she fought tears away. "I still have a lot more to show. I still have a lot more to prove. I need to keep my mind open."

Missy 'Munster' Stell eliminated from Face Off

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First individual face off

Now back to the Focus challenge twist. What exactly is it? "Focus challenges are similar to Spotlight challenges, but they require you to focus your efforts on the most important part of any successful makeup: the face," host McKenzie Westmore told the contestants, who were excitedly shocked by the news. "Because the scope of your work has been limited, you’ll only have two days to complete your Focus challenge. With this focus on the face comes a more stringent judging criteria. The judges want to see attention to detail, which means clean makeups with great edges, great blending and great painting."

Final 13 Face Off contestants

This first Focus challenge also brought the first opportunity so far this season for the contestants to compete individually. Their task was to create a protagonist character in a mash-up theme combining classic literature and horror in the same vein as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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How did they do? Here’s a closer look at each finished makeup, where they ranked and the mash-up theme each contestant selected.

Finished looks in the middle of the pack

These are the teams that were classified as "safe" by the judges.

Kevon: The Legend of King Arthur and his Undead Knights

A close look at Kevon Ward's finished makeup

Kevon Ward's finished makeup

Jordan: Gulliver’s Travels in the Underworld

A close look at Jordan Patton's finished makeup

Jodan Patton's finished makeup

Ben: The Legend of King Arthur and his Undead Knights

A close look at Ben Ploughman's finished makeup

Ben Ploughman's finished makeup

Ricky: The Exorcism of Monte Cristo

Ricky Vitus finished makeup

This was my personal favorite of all the finished makeups, which is why it's the main image in this entire story. I definitely think it deserved a better placement than a middle-of-the-pack ranking.

Nora: Gulliver’s Travels in the Underworld

A close look at Nora Hewitt's finished makeup

Nora Hewitt's finished makeup

Libby: The Exorcism of Monte Cristo

A close look at Libby Rose's finished makeup

Libby Rose's finished makeup

Evan: Sherlock Holmes — Bloodsucker

A close look at Evan Hedges' finished makeup

Evan Hedges' finished makeup

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Best of the best

The following makeups were labeled as the "top looks" of the challenge.

Scott: Don Quixote — Monster of La Mancha

He wanted to make it look as if his creature was created from the parts of dead workers, much like Frankenstein. "There's a strong understanding of anatomy and anatomy that's been afflicted," judge Neville Page said. "Brilliant." For those reasons, the judges named Scott as the overall challenge winner.

A close look at Scott Fensterer's finished makeup

Scott Fensterer's finished makeup

Scott Festerer pictured with his finished makeup

Jasmine: Sherlock Holmes — Bloodsucker

Her creation was Sherlock's vampire daughter who has taken over his investigations. "It's well applied. It's beautiful far away — and it's even better up close," judge Ve Neill said.

A close look at Jasmine Ringo's finished makeup

Jasmine Ringo's finished makeup

Glenn said she accomplished all the goals of the challenge "exceedingly well."

Jasmine Ringo pictured with her finished makeup

Stevie: Don Quixote — Monster of La Mancha

"The level of detail that you accomplished in such an inordinately small amount of time is, in and of itself, something to be very, very proud of," Glenn said.

A close look at Stevie Calabrese's finished makeup

Stevie Calabrese's finished makeup

Stevie Calabrese pictured with her finished makeup

At risk for elimination

The following makeups were labeled as the "bottom looks" of the challenge.

Meg: The Scarlet Letter — Puritan Poltergeist

"I am distraught. I just know that this is not gonna go over well," Meg said before presenting her finished makeup to the judges. Her fears were right.

A close look at Meg Wilbur's finished makeup

"It looks very bizarre to me," Ve said. "It's a poor sculpt. It's a poor paint job. There's just so many things that have gone wrong for you this week."

Meg Wilbur's finished makeup

Meg Wilbur pictured with her finished makeup

Jason: The Scarlet Letter — Puritan Poltergeist

"I don't think she looks demonic," Ve said. "I don't think she looks childlike. I think she looks like a weird vegetable that's pink and purple. I don't know how these furrows in her skin look demonic in any way."

A close look at Jason Henricks' finished makeup

Jason Henricks' finished makeup

Jason Henricks pictured with his finished makeup

Brittany: Great Expectations of a Serial Killer

The judges felt as if she bit off way too much for this challenge by trying to do a burn and old-age makeup mixed in one character. "You just tried to do something too big and too difficult for this challenge, and it showed in the final results," Glenn said.

A close look at Brittany Leslie's finished makeup

Brittany Leslie's finished makeup

Brittany Leslie pictured with her finished makeup

In the end, Brittany was booted from the competition. "I'm going out on a makeup that I'm not proud of, but I'm just so very thankful to have been here. I have learned so much, and I hope to have a long career here in Hollywood."

Brittany Leslie eliminated from Face Off 9

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