Ellis Faas – My New Obsession…

Every now and then a product line comes along that is truly, truly spectacular.
Ellis Faas is one of the most amazing product lines I have ever worked with.
I am in love. I am obsessed…

Ellis is a dutch born makeup artist, who’s work you have seen over and over.

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. Additionally, Ellis has worked for make-up brands, such as 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 the contract with L’Oréal ended in 2007, the way was paved for her to create her own brand: ELLIS FAAS.

For the past month I have been on a steady stream of shoots, including three magazine covers, and throughout I have been using Ellis Faas products, both on the shoots, and wearing them myself.
Putting them through their paces.

As a makeup artist, my prime concern is the quality of the complexion. I want to see gorgeous, fresh, radiant skin. I want the skin to look healthy and alive, not smothered in makeup. I want it to glow.

That’s where Ellis Faas first got me. Their Skin Veil foundation does exactly that. It is super sheer, so you don’t look or feel like you’re wearing a foundation mask, but also super concentrated and highly pigmented, so you have a flawless coverage.
Its great for street wear and for professional use. And it photographs amazingly.

You can buy Skin Veil Foundation in a bottle, or in these cool bullet style pens.

Each foundation shade has its own matching concealer – there’s no guess work involved. It comes in a bullet pen too.

I carry an Ellis Faas concealer pen in my handbag for touch ups after a long day, before I head out to an evening event/dinner/drinks. It gives the under eye area an instant lift and doesn’t cake into existing makeup. Fab.

Ellis offers a couple of different eye shadow formulations, that also come in the pens. They are liquid to powder formulations that are super easy to apply, layer into and work with, and that quite literally last all day.

There is a variety of fabulous colors to choose from, all designed to be universally flattering to skin tone, so you won’t get home and find the fabulous color you just bought looks less than fabulous on you.

Ellis Faas lips come in three formulations, creamy, milky and glazed.

There are 27 colors to choose from, all of which are paraben free and full of Vitamin E. They keep the lips beautifully hydrated, don’t bubble up or get tacky, and the color lasts and lasts. You can build it as intensely as you want, or wear it as a soft, sheer lip. Lots of options.

The lips come in the bullet pens too, making them very easy to use, as well as convenient to carry around in your handbag.

To streamline your entire makeup process, and to do away with that messy makeup drawer and all its broken and dusty contents, Ellis developed this clever holder.

All your products sit neatly inside, you can see at a glance which product you’re reaching for. And its all incredibly neat and tidy, and very effective. (as well as looking cool)

To learn more about Ellis Faas products, check out her amazing website EllisFaas.com
There are even how to videos taught by Ellis herself, that show you just how quick and simple these products are to use.

Guarantee you love them like I do!

The Beauty Blender

I’ve been doing loads of really cool editorial shoots lately, and have been using some really fun makeup and tools on them, and got to thinking you might find the things I obsess about interesting too. As such I’m going to do some posts about some of them.

First up, the ultimate blending tool, the Beauty Blender.

This one has actually been around for a while now, but is so fabulous it needs discussing!
Designed by celebrity makeup artist Ree Ann Silva as a means to create a completey seemless, flawless finish, this has become my favorite way to not only apply foundation but also cream blush.

Beauty Blenders are latex free, non allergenic and odor free. The elliptical shape fits easily in your hand, and enables you to bounce (or stipple) foundation onto the skin, creating a flawless finish with no streaking or wiping. The narrow end gets into hard to reach places, while the wider end bounces and rolls product across the broader planes of the face.

Phoenix Bride & Groom cover shoot, Beauty Blender in one hand, Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation pen in the other

If you are a cream blush fanatic (like me) you can bounce the product over the cheek bone, and get the most beautiful finish to the skin. Beauty Blender presses product into the skin, so you don’t have that cakey layer of makeup sitting on the surface of the skin. Everything looks seemless and beautiful.

Beauty Blender & Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation in hand

If you run with the eco-friendly crowd you’ll love these too, as you don’t throw them away. They come with a cleanser, and you just wash them in between uses.

Here’s a little video to show you how to use your Beauty Blender

New Lips From Nars

I seem to be talking a lot these days about Nars products, but I love them, so why not? I use tons of Nars both on myself and in my professional makeup kit, so they are easy to talk about!

Here comes another new product from Nars, Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils.

The pencils take everything we loved about their ‘Velvet Matte’ counterparts, and swap out the formula for a glossy lip instead of a matte one.
Iris Strubegger models the collection’s gorgeous ad campaign. The new pencils give a non-sticky luminosity to lips, while featuring a lightweight formula enriched with Vitamin E.

Taking lips to new heights in six beautifully buttery born to shimmer shades, it just doesn’t get more alluringly glossy than this!
The shades are:
Baroque – raspberry sorbet
Happy Days – pink coral infused with a gold shimmer
New Lover – gold infused strawberry pink (my favorite)
Frivolous – iridescent seashell pink
Hopi – honey beige
Club Mix – sheer grape

Here’s a cool little movie about them, featuring subtle and beautiful makeup by Diane Kendal. Fabulous.