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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series underscores the importance of good workmanship and skill when it comes to working with special effects makeup. But it also plays up the competitive aspect of the show, highlighting personal differences.
Positive Role Models
The contestants are creative and passionate. Some reveal some competitive behavior; the judges are not always constructive with their criticism.
Violence & Scariness
Many of the characters created are bloody, grotesque, and/or frightening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some challenges require the use of nude models; no nudity is shown.
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Curses like "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Winners receive a year's supply of makeup from Alcone.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, champagne, mixed drinks) is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality competition series, which features special effects make up artists competing for a career-launching prize, include some bloody and grotesque images that could frighten young children.The show also includes some bleeped curses (like "s -t"), some occasional drinking (wine; champagne), and some bickering among contestants.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers an interesting look into the work and artistry that goes into the special effects make up that is featured in today's film and television. But the show's focus is really on the competition itself, which often leads to some mild bickering among the contestants and some snarky comments from the judges.
It's not as edgy as other reality competitions, but the challenges featured here are interesting. Those looking for in-depth discussions of make up effect technique and design won't really find it here. But viewers interested in this kind of work will still find it entertaining.
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