For the first time in this show, I feel the judging was done specifically for dramatic purposes.
The challenge as we know was a gender-swapping challenge with engaged couples.
Sam and her teammate did a very risky older makeup for their couple. It had issues such as air bubbles and minor edge issues, but while in the bottom half I think they were safe for taking the risk- even if it wasn't well (I do agree on the "go big or go home" stance taken by Sam's teammate).
Jo and Tom were in the bottom - WHILE Megan and Conner were the WINNING team and MEGAN the winner in the design.
Not only did I think the other top team - the one with the androgynous male and the Vegas/shotgun wedding - was better (they seriously could pass off as the opposite gender), it was fun, cute and they were actually in character. This was something I loved - they couple had fun with it (along I think with Sam's team - they did look cute if the makeup was not the best as it should've been).
Megan nominated Tom, but I think the judged eliminated Jo because of her comments about how little Megan did in the shop.
Jo was right though - Megan pretty much did the painting, she did very little molding and sculpting and from what I could see flirt. Even the others noticed too - though admittedly they didn't open their mouths and risk being eliminated for it.
I'm not sure what Megan said in response to Jo's comment of "You'd better prove yourself and show you don't ride on coattails" comment. I'm not sure it's nice, but on the one note it does validate my speculation (Spoiler of sorts based on commercials) in regard to at least how far Megan goes.
Oh, they did have a foundation challenge - applying facial hair. Of note, Megan's makeup FELL OUT when combed, Sam had the right style but not enough hair in the moustache (cowboy moustaches are a bit thicker, though I have seen the handlebar look), The Amish one was spot on and the Futuristic one not only won but was fairly creative for futuristic - even if "'50s futuristic." He also took note to bush the eyebrows a bit more to balance out the beard.
Frankly, if I had a choice, I'd done futuristic because you CAN get away with a bit more creativity in facial hair, such as lines and the like.
(Please note, the following is mean to be observant of current styles than can be turned futuristic) This goes doubly true when you have an African American male and could do things such as have creative cuts and designs in the facial hair and the like as I've seen cut into hair.
Not a bad idea or concept, overall not bad execution.
But I DO feel that Megan's win here was simply because Jo said what she did at the reveal.