Friday, August 09, 2013

Checking out Ellis Faas Cosmetics at SCCUBE The Apothecary

Ellis Faas, a makeup brand from Netherlands created by the most influential makeup artist Ellis Faas herself. Her brand concept is inspired by the human body's own colors- from the peach to the most vivid red of a vein. Ellis Faas is exclusively available at SCCUBE The Apothecary at Ngee Ann City (#05-25A).




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." (Cate Blanchett quote on InStyle, April 2010)

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.




 



 

Got a chance to try and swatch their products 
(Here are some random swatches)


Ellis Faas Foundation

Swatches




A random selection of eyeshadow (cream/liquid shadows)

The brush applicator

swatches in various lighting 






Ellis Faaz Eyeliner




Ellis Faaz liquid blushes


Swatches






Ellis Faaz Liquid lip color
3 of their popular "RED" shades


Swatches...




Here's a various art work by Ellis Faaz




Ellis Faaz


The Story of ELLIS FAAS:
Ellis: "As a late teenager, I visited the Tate Gallery in London and was blown away by a Francis Bacon triptych. It made a great impression on me because of the use of colour - it was unnerving and stunningly beautiful at the same time. Bacon inspired many experiments I did over the years. I now think it has become something of my own and hasn't much to do with Bacon any more."

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.

A PASSION IS BORN
Ellis was born and raised in the Netherlands. From an early age on, 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. Then, 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, however, 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...

 

Here are some shots I took at the event ^^
With Shiella

With Ming~~~
Isn't it cool that your bff share part of my interests and also a blogger too?


With Roxanne (From Publicist PR)


Ellis Faaz Cosmetics is available exclusively at SCCUBE The Apothecary at Ngee Ann City (#05-25A).

I'm not affiliated with the company.