Ellis Faas is a make-up artist whom Vogue Paris has called “one of the most influential make-up artists of her generation”.
After her graduation from high-school, Faas did a professional course in photography, and always used herself as her model. In order to look different each and every time, she discovered the versatility of make up. She decided to move from Amsterdam to Paris in order to study at Christian Chauveau’s school for make up. After this she went to London, where she found the creative jobs she was looking for. After the birth of her daughter, Faas moved back to Amsterdam where she was contacted by Inez van Lamsweerde. With her Faas made e.g. the awarded campaign for Louis Vuitton. Other work with Van Lamsweerde can now be seen in various museums. Faas’ international break-through came when Mario Testino was in the Netherlands to do a shoot for L’Uomo Vogue. In Ellis Faas’ portfolio he found the style of make up he wanted, and this was the start of a fruitful collaboration. After Testino, the rest of the world followed, and since then she frequently worked with many photographers such as Miles Aldridge, Richard Burbridge, Patrick Demarchelier, Jean-Paul Goude, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Tom Munro, Terry Richardson, Paolo Roversi and Sølve Sundsbø. Besides photo shoots for magazines and advertising campaigns, Faas has also been the leading making artist for fashion shows all around the globe, designing makeup for the shows for Giorgio Armani, Cacharel, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries van Noten, Yves Saint-Laurent Haute Couture, for H&M and Junya Watanabe.