Face Off is SyFy's unscripted reality series showcasing the talents of up and coming special effects make-up artists vying against each other for $100,000 dollars and other prizes. This is the third season premiere of what has become one of SyFy's most successful programs. In fact, the second season finale was the most watched unscripted telecast in SyFy's almost 20 year history.
Typical of these competition reality series, the contestants are put up in a fancy house for the duration of the show, and during the day will meet celebrities, interact with each other, and compete in contests that test their creative and learned skills. In the season three opener they compete in two challenges: a "Foundation" challenge, and a "Spotlight" challenge. The Foundation challenge has them think and create on the fly with very little time to plan and finish. The Spotlight challenge offers them more time to plan what they are going to do (usually with a pre-planned theme) and complete it over a three-day span.