“One of the most influential make-up artists of her time”. A quote from Vogue Paris – and one which is like to continue to follow Ellis Faas around for some time yet. From London and Paris to Amsterdam, the Dutch make-up artist – and founder of eponymous beauty brand – is what you might call a living legend. Name-dropping – from Inez van Lamsweerde and Mario Testino, to Fendi, Chanel, Armani and any other fashion label you’d care to name, Faas has worked with them. The logical next step? Founding her own beauty brand back in 2009.

ELLIS FAAS beauty products are “only tested on supermodels,” and inspired by a natural colour palette: “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.” The result? Beautifully wearable, flattering colours designed to complement all skin tones – making you the very best version of you, whatever your age, ethnicity or style. The brand’s Make Up Not War campaign regularly raises both money and awareness for War Child: “We can’t just look into the mirror and hide behind our make up,” explains Faas. A living legend, a modern heroine – here’s what makes Ellis Faas tick.

Motivation for me is all about…

The need to build or create something. Whether it is making a new product, taking a picture, doing make up, building a house, planting a garden; the urge to make something is the motivation.

Success means…

Being able to do what you love every day.

I couldn’t have got there without…

The trust and support from my parents when I was young. And my brother and business partner Thijs; we fill each other’s gaps.

I always start my day with…

Lemon water and yin yoga.

When I don’t feel inspired I…

I try to turn off my mind and let my hands do the work. Sometimes it works wonders, sometimes it is rubbish. In all parts of life I guess it is the best way to just start doing things without worrying too much about inspiration or the outcome.

The landscape for women in business today looks like…

I have no idea – my business is my business and I can not compare. I never think twice about the fact that I am a woman. I don’t think it should make a difference, and I guess that if I start segregating myself as a woman, so will other people.

The trait I most deplore in others is…

Not taking responsibility for one’s own actions or for the situation. Blaming others without thinking about one’s own behaviour.

I’d like to be remembered for…

Being unconventional and being humane.

What makes me happiest is…

To see my loved ones laughing.

Can I run in heels?

I guess so…. I never run. Walking is fine though!

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