Season 12 of this reality series features 12 creative makeup artists competing for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood's next great special effects artist. This season, contestants are divided into two competing shops. Each week the teams designate one competitor the "foreman" or "forewoman," who designates group tasks, coordinates the project, and represents the team to the judges. Challenges this season include: creating demons based on "Dante's Inferno"; developing whimsical aliens; and creating a zombie born of a fungal virus. Guest judges this season include actress Elizabeth Mitchell, actor Cheyenne Jackson, and makeup effects creator Rick Baker.