Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Dutch make-up artist Ellis Faas has been a bit of a hero of ours for years, since Jo discovered her idiot-proof pen-style make-up products in a Lille 'beautique'. We finally got to discover what Ellis looks like, at a recent event in London.  Short answer:  beautiful.  She was rocking a superb red lip - and soon, so were we.

But Ellis Hot Lips isn't your average red lipstick.  In one of those long, silver bullet-style applicators (dispensed through a sponge tip), this is the lipstick equivalent of the Duracell bunny.  However, unlike so many other ‘long-lasting’ lipsticks, this one isn’t uncomfortable or tight at all.  Actually, you just forget it’s there – until you glance in the mirror and go, ‘Who’s that glamorous red-lipped woman…?’  Only to realise:  it’s you.  And it's still you, right up till you swipe away that scarlet at night.  (The shade Jo fell for - a fantastic cherry - is L401.)

We think Ellis Faas deserves to be much better-known than she is;  currently, her only UK make-up counter is in Liberty - but it's definitely worth a pilgrimage.  A fantastically creative make-up artist (we riffled through her portfolio when we met, and it’s full of shoot-after-shoot for international Vogues), she creates all the stunning imagery for her brand – including this ‘all-red’ visual with the gold teeth.

Nobody’s suggesting you wear your red lipstick like this.  (Though we love, love, love the photo.)  But what we do know is that the model in question will have got through half a bottle of make-up remover to rid herself of her Ellis Red...

UK readers find Ellis Faas Hot Lips at Liberty (we currently can't find it on-line)/£22, or from www.ellisfaas.com (there's a great application video there, too) - buy here