Vogue Paris cited Ellis Faas as "one of the most influential make-up artists of her time". And indeed, she has worked with the world's most pre-eminent fashion designers, photographers, stylists, hairdressers and models.
Ellis’ work has been published on the covers of the world’s best-known fashion magazines. Ellis has worked for make-up brands like Clinique, Lancôme and MAC Cosmetics – and she was asked by L'Oréal to create a make-up line for their skin care brand, Biotherm.
After her contract with L’Oréal ended in 2007, the way was paved for her to create her own brand: ELLIS FAAS.
A PASSION IS BORN
Ellis was born and raised in the Netherlands. From an early age, Ellis had a good eye for fashion, coupled with a strong opinion about what was or wasn't beautiful. She plastered her bedroom walls with images from Vogue and would often make her own clothes (sometimes with great success; other times failing miserably). She also developed a passion for photography, especially in the documentary, portrait and over-stylised fashion and beauty genres.
FROM PHOTOGRAPHY TO MAKE-UP
Inspired greatly by the work of photographers such as Yousuf Karsh and Serge Lutens, Ellis decided to pursue a career in professional photography when she left school.
While on her course, Ellis kept using herself as a model. Each time, she would completely transform herself with make-up. Increasingly, Ellis started to dislike the technical side of photography, while her love for the more intuitive aspect of make-up kept growing...
Of course, make-up was nothing new for Ellis. Ever since she was a toddler, she loved smearing colours on anyone who was willing to be a victim – her younger brother, her friends from school and, of course, herself. In the end, Ellis made what was to become a pivotal decision: she said goodbye to professional photography in order to focus fully on her passion for make-up.
ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Following a short course in Amsterdam, she headed to Paris where she trained in make-up and special effects at Christian Chauveau’s Technical School of Artistic Make-up. When her studies ended, Ellis returned to the Netherlands where she worked as a make-up artist for various fashion magazines, as well as on two movies.
Searching for more creative challenges, she decided to move to London where she soon became very successful. There she used her talents for special effects by imitating skin diseases for medical inserts, while her sense of aestheticism drew her to work on pop videos for the stars of the time.
Following the birth of her daughter Flavia, Ellis decided to move back to Amsterdam where she started her own portrait studio, Face Value. Here, she not only took clients' photographs but also did their make-up. It was the country's first ever "makeover studio" – and became extremely successful.
Simultaneously, Ellis remained active in the fashion world, working extensively with the famous Dutch fashion photographer Inez van Lamsweerde.
ENTER MARIO TESTINO
In 1999, Ellis' relatively "quiet" life in the Netherlands came to an end. Photographer Mario Testino had come to Amsterdam to shoot a series for L’Uomo Vogue. He searched for a local make-up artist who would be able to match his concept, looked at the books of every artist in the country – and picked Ellis. Both of them discovered they enjoyed this new collaboration, and soon Ellis was travelling with Testino to Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.
Things snowballed when Ellis met French fashion editor Emmanuelle Alt, who introduced her to Karl Lagerfeld. All of a sudden, Ellis was managing an army of make-up artists and instructing them how to apply the make-up she had designed for Lagerfeld’s shows for Fendi and Chanel. The rest, as they say, is history...
ELLIS' WORK - A SELECTION:
SHOWS - CHEF DE CABINE
Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Barbara Bui, Blumarine, Cacharel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Chanel, Les Copains, Marlies Dekkers, Diesel, Colette Dinnigan, Dolce e Gabbana, Dries van Noten, Fendi, Frankie Morello, Diane von Fürstenberg, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Krizia, Lanvin, Montana, Moschino Couture!, Moschino Cheap&Chic, Sonia Rykiel, SportMax, Yves Saint-Laurent Haute Couture, Junko Shimada, Jan Taminiau, Olivier Theyskens, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Junya Watanabe
Absolut Vodka, Armani Collezioni, Armani Sensi, Baccarat, Biotherm, Borbonese, Boss Orange, Cacharel, Chanel, Clinique, Coccinelle, Exté, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferré, G Star, Frankie Morello, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Krizia, Lancôme, Lavazza, Loewe, MAC Cosmetics, Martini, Max Factor, Miss Sixty, Moschino, Nina Ricci, Paule Ka, Piper Heidsieck, Pollini, Printemps, Sergio Rossi, Sonia Rykiel, Trend Les Copains, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna
Ruven Afanador, John Akehurst, Miles Aldridge, Michelangelo Di Battista, Richard Burbridge, Helena Christensen, Michel Comte, Patrick Demarchelier, Nathaniel Goldberg, Jean-Paul Goude, Greg Kadel, Karl Lagerfeld, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Peter Lindbergh, Luciana+Franco, Guido Mocafico, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Tom Munro, Thomas Nutzl, Vincent Peters, Phil Poynter, Terry Richardson, Paolo Roversi, Satoshi Saikuza, Mark Seliger, David Slijper, Sofia+Mauro, Sølve Sundsbø, Mario Testino, Michael Thompson, Ellen von Unwerth, David Vasiljevic, Matthias Vriens
10 Magazine, Another Magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Face, Harper’s Bazaar, Mixt(e), Numéro, Pop, Rebel, V Magazine, View on Colour, Visionaire, Vogue (Australia, Deutschland, Italia, Nippon, Paris, Russia, UK), W Magazine, Wallpaper
The one and only Cate Blanchett explained it well: "In order to be striking, a lipstick must take your skin tone into account. The line of Ellis Faas is based on the colours that the body produces naturally. The important thing is finding the balance between the tone of your skin and the shades of makeup you choose." (InStyle, April 2010)
From the tawny peach of a freckle to the pure, vivid red that pulses through our veins, the ELLIS FAAS Human Colours collection looks to the human palette for inspiration. The colours that exist naturally in our bodies are complex and rich, but they're also universal, shared by each and every one of us. Based on this universal spectrum, ELLIS FAAS Human Colours complement all skin tones, and when it comes to looking one's best, what better way to highlight a great feature or mask an imperfection than with tones and hues that already exist in each of us?
The ELLIS FAAS Human Colours inspire exploration: no matter what complexion, age or style, with ELLIS FAAS a woman can customise her own look with subtle effects or dramatic flair with colours that are sure to complement and flatter.
OF COURSE, all ELLIS FAAS products are "cruelty-free", which has officially been acknowledged by PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.org). In fact, our suppliers stopped using animal-tested ingredients long before that became a law. This is why we are happy to tell you again and again:
ELLIS FAAS - Only Tested On Supermodels ®
Besides that: most ELLIS FAAS products are suitable for Vegans, except for the mascaras (beeswax) and Creamy Eyes (beeswax) and a couple of Lips that contain Carmine (L101/L108/L201/L203/L205/L301). Everything else is vegan, so ALL Hot Lips, ALL Eyeliners, ALL Lights, ALL foundations, ALL Concealers, ALL Blushes, ALL Compact Powders, ALL Glow Ups: ALL vegan.
Introducing our ELLIS MOODS colour stories we want to help you to express who you are, or how you want to show yourself to the world. A playful way to look at make up that is not about perfection, or rules. It is a way to see our complicated, imperfect selves and address how we are feeling or want to feel. And possibly you will discover new shades you have not seen or tried before.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
Sometimes we have singular spunk that drives us apart from the crowd, and encourages us to assert our individuality. We are more than just a pretty face. We are daring and bold, and we take risks. Let's embrace all the world has to offer, and make courageous colour choices to empower us. A punchy red lip and creative statement eye share our feisty spirit, inspiring us to make our own rules.
Ellis has chosen bright, adventurous reds, oranges and corals for lips, matched with darker tones for the eyes. Smoky neutrals meet deep plum, burgundy, and grey-blue, for a thrilling and lively contrast in colours. Whether it’s a blank canvas or an explosion of rouge…what feels feisty to you?
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb
Take a relaxed view of your make up. Play around with comforting natural shades and soft, informal application. Blend, and really work the product. Think less about formal application lines, more about shade washes. Have fun with these colours, think about adding warmth, depth and calm to your look.
Ellis picked warm neutrals, browns and oranges as her relaxed shades. But please be authentic to your mood, and pick the colours that work for you. Then match the application to be as relaxed as you want to be.
Life is a sea of vibrant colour. Jump in! -A D Posey
The world is made up of energy. When we feel our best, we shine. We love to play with strong pigments on our lips and little extra shimmer on our eyes. Through our make-up we radiate our good mood. This energy becomes our key to self-empowerment. We are vibrant!
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. -John F Kennedy
You look good. You’ve done so much, and you have the experience to be able to do so much more. Use your make-up to show that you are put together as a woman of substance. Play with navy, teal, steel blue: colours of inner confidence, reliability, and authority. Add complimentary accents of peach, coral to appear approachable and represent your courage and charm. Let these colours show your inner strength. Ellis suggests empowering blues, teals, silvers, wines and peaches. But please be authentic to your mood and pick what works for you. Then play with application until the colour intensity matches how powerful or bold you want to be.
ABOUT WAR CHILD
There are currently no less than 250 million (!) children living in an area of conflict. War Child has developed a variety of programmes to protect them and their future.
Creative concept: Ellis Faas
Director & camera: Rogier Jaarsma
Makeup: Ellis Faas, Sandra Govers & Marije Koelewijn
Music: Flavia Faas
Editing: Victor Grandia
Producer: Deep Thought Productions
Starring: Angela Huizeling, Annemarije Rus, Daelorian van der Kolk, Esther Petrarca, Madeline Dotman, Melatti Scheffer, Nella Ngingo, Sylvia van der Klooster, Yunna Zhang and last but not least: Faye Jaarsma
Thank you: Astrid van der Worm @ Future Faces, Peter Burghoudt @ Role Models, Renate Peters @ RPH Models, Sarah Bras @ Angelique Hoorn, Sebas van Heusden @ Paparazzi Models, Véronique Beekhuis @ Touché Models, and everyone at Deep Thought Productions
Ever since ELLIS FAAS was launched, we have done regular Make Up Not War campaigns to raise money and awareness for War Child. We can’t just look into the mirror and hide behind our make up.
Please meet Snow! She is our in-house "model". Apart from the product-pictures you will find throughout the store, Snow also sits in for these more experimental shoots that prove that the ELLIS FAAS products are suitable for every mood and every occasion!
Presenting “True Colours”, ELLIS FAAS should like to celebrate women for having the courage to make up their own rules. Not merely for the sake of doing things differently, but because of the conviction that it’s best to stay honest to one’s own true colours. By doing so, these strong personalities have set new standards in whichever field they were/are active in - the arts, fashion, music, sports, politics, science…