Right now: Newcomer – Ellis Faas

It’s not very often that there’s something new under the makeup sun, something completely innovative and imaginative. Most new product ranges are re-workings of things that already exist, with a slight spin on concept or packaging, so it was with a gasp of happy surprise that I was introduced to the truly new makeup range by Dutch born makeup artist Ellis Faas.

Why so different? Well for a start the inspiration was a gun (already I’m intrigued!), with a silver cylinder you can ‘load’ with your choice of sleek silver bullets – lipstick, eyeliner, eyeshadow, foundation, even mascara are housed in some of the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen. And the colors are beautiful and extremely wearable, working on all skin tones as they are colors Ellis describes as ‘human’, or colors that occur naturally in the human body. Deep browns, blacks, bruisy purples and a beautiful deep red lipstick, along with a myriad of other colors inspired by the body. Three different people with completely different coloring tried the Milky Ellis Red lipstick on and it looked fantastic on all of them. The textures on the eyeshadows and lipsticks vary as well – the lipsticks come in three textures from Creamy, Milky to Glossy, and the eyeshadows come in Creamy and Milky. The eyeshadows can also be layered to create gorgeous washes of color.

Ellis comes from a very artistic family in the Netherlands, and started her work career as a photographer, eventually finding her way to makeup. Her amazing portfolio of work includes long collaborations with Mario Testino and Karl Lagerfeld, in addition to other major photographers like Inez and Vinoodh, Solve Sundsbo and Michael Thompson. She has distilled her love of color and extensive editorial expertise into her new range.

Really this is a range that has to be seen to be believed. The line is launching at Liberty’s of London on February, and in the US will be available at Bergdorf Goodman. In the meantime, you can shop on line at her website, www.ellisfaas.com – it’s a beautiful site that is very well organized and worth a look not just for the makeup but for Ellis’ lovely portfolio as well.

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