About Ellis Faas


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.

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.

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.

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.

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…



Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Barbara Bui, Blumarine, Cacharel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Chanel, Les Copains, Marlies Dekkers, Diesel, Colette Dinnigan, Dolce e Gabbana, Dries van Noten, Fendi, Frankie Morello, Diane von Fürstenberg, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Krizia, Lanvin, Montana, Moschino Couture!, Moschino Cheap&Chic, Sonia Rykiel, SportMax, Yves Saint-Laurent Haute Couture, Junko Shimada, Jan Taminiau, Olivier Theyskens, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Junya Watanabe

Absolut Vodka, Armani Collezioni, Armani Sensi, Baccarat, Biotherm, Borbonese, Boss Orange, Cacharel, Chanel, Clinique, Coccinelle, Exté, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferré, G Star, Frankie Morello, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Krizia, Lancôme, Lavazza, Loewe, MAC Cosmetics, Martini, Max Factor, Miss Sixty, Moschino, Nina Ricci, Paule Ka, Piper Heidsieck, Pollini, Printemps, Sergio Rossi, Sonia Rykiel, Trend Les Copains, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna

Ruven Afanador, John Akehurst, Miles Aldridge, Michelangelo Di Battista, Richard Burbridge, Helena Christensen, Michel Comte, Patrick Demarchelier, Nathaniel Goldberg, Jean-Paul Goude, Greg Kadel, Karl Lagerfeld, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Peter Lindbergh, Luciana+Franco, Guido Mocafico, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Tom Munro, Thomas Nutzl, Vincent Peters, Phil Poynter, Terry Richardson, Paolo Roversi, Satoshi Saikuza, Mark Seliger, David Slijper, Sofia+Mauro, Sølve Sundsbø, Mario Testino, Michael Thompson, Ellen von Unwerth, David Vasiljevic, Matthias Vriens

10 Magazine, Another Magazine, Dazed & Confused, The Face, Harper’s Bazaar, Mixt(e), Numéro, Pop, Rebel, V Magazine, View on Colour, Visionaire, Vogue (Australia, Deutschland, Italia, Nippon, Paris, Russia, UK), W Magazine, Wallpaper

One of our Anniversary Week Features (October 8-11, 2014) includes an amazing gift from Biologique Recherché with a purchase.  We are excited to have an event with the wonderful people from Biologique Recherché. If you’re a devotee, you won’t want to miss it….and if you’re not – this is the prefect time to try out this life changing line of facial care from Paris, France.

Exclusive Biologique Recherche & One 2 One Studio
Gift with Purchase Event

With every purchase of a 5 oz P50 and 5 oz Biologique Recherché Cleanser, receive a travel size P50W (1.7 oz) and Lait VIP02 (1 oz) in one of Biologique Recherché signature travel bags.* Retail value of gift is $45.

With every Biologique Recherché home care purchase of $400 and up, receive a deluxe Biologique Recherché gift containing an Eau Micellaire (100 ml), Renovateur 14 and Complexe Royal finishing serum duo (2 x 8ml), deluxe trials of Crème MSR-H, Crème Vernix, Masque VIP 02 and a Margaret Dabbs branded buffer file, all in one of Biologique Recherché’s signature travel bags. * Value of this gift is $180

Book a Biologique Recherché body treatment today, and receive a free Biologique Recherché massage glove in their new body care bag. Value: $40

*Only one Biologique Recherché gift per purchase. Cannot be combined with any offer.

ONE2ONE STUDIO is turning TWO!

To celebrate we have arranged for some fabulous events to take place for you,our amazing clients.
Wednesday October 8th thru Saturday October 11th,come in and enjoy your service with a glass of prosecco or wine,appetizers and indulge yourself in a free facial analysis with our on-hand experts from Biologique Recherche.Enjoy some very special gifts-with-purchase!
Thursday October 9th and Friday October 10th, AY jewels will be here for an exclusive trunk show of their high-end hand bags and clutches from MISELA.
Don’t have a service booked?Drop by anytime so we can raise a glass of thanks to YOU.
You’ve put the TWO in ONE2ONE.





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Last week, I was invited to experience a Margaret Dabbs pedicure. I had heard so much about Margaret from British beauty blogs, and her frequent mentions in Porter magazine, so I was really interested to see what made the products a cult favourite (not to mention Margaret is a celebrity favourite).

Margaret Dabbs is a chiropodist from London, and has pioneered the dry pedicure–there are no massage chairs with jet-powered basins here.

All of the products are made with Margaret’s signature ingredients of Emu Oil and Lemon Myrtle. Emu oil is a natural analgesic (anti-inflammatory and soothing like Advil) and the oil itself is actually closest to human’s natural oil composition, so it is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. It also contains vitamins A & E (skin repairer and antioxidants), Lineolic Acid (eases muscle and joint pain), Sapogens (skin softeners) and Terpines (antiseptics). Lemon Myrtle is used for its soothing properties and it’s clean scent.

My wonderful aesthetician Ellis began by filing my feet to remove all of the dry, dead skin (I had not been soaking my feet as wet skin masks the area that needs to be treated–Ellis pointed out the spots on my feet that would have been missed had they been wet). This was a really interesting way to start the pedicure as it was totally different than what I was used to.

After the filing and nail trimming, she shaped my nails with Margaret’s Crystal Nail File. The crystal creates a smoother finish and prevents any splitting or breaking of the nail.

Only once she was done pushing back my cuticles and prepping my nails did my feet hit the water. Ellis had filled a large bowl with the Hydrating Foot Soak (which can also be used in the bath). A small amount of the Exfoliating Foot Mousse was then massaged on to my feet to eliminate any remaining dead skin.

After being dried off, my feet were covered in the Intensive Treatment Foot Oil (which smells lovely and lemon-y) and followed up with the Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion (which can also be used as a body lotion). I’ve been applying the lotion nightly to my feet, and I have to say I am quite impressed–normally I am foot lotion-averse because I hate any greasy feeling on my feet, but this absorbs very quickly and is light and not greasy or oily in the least.

In the summers I am constantly being attacked by bugs at the cottage, and I was advised that the ingredients of the Lotion will actually keep the bugs away–I will definitely try this since even OFF! Deep Woods can’t keep my legs from getting 20 bug bites.

If you’re not one to splurge on monthly pedicures, investing in Margaret’s Foot File, Exfoliating Foot Mousse and Foot Lotion is a great way to keep your feet looking pretty and soft with minimal effort while feeling luxurious.



At One-One we know that it’s important to offer our clients all natural, non-toxic products when and where we can. From ammonia-free Nectaya hair colour by Goldwell, to petroleum-free lip gloss by Lippy, to bio-marine ingredients by Biologique Recherché we are proud to offer natural based beauty products from a wide range of high-end, professional companies. And in case you didn’t know that we offer these lines, make sure to ask your service provider all about them during your next visit.




When I was in Grade 11, my friend Joanna went on a 3-week exchange to Australia. When she returned, she walked into Biology class one day and thrust a little yellow packet that said ‘Vegemite’ in front of me and said ‘Have some! It tastes like chocolate!’. So, being the food obsessive that I am, I stuck a huge glob of it in my mouth and immediately felt like I was gonna hurl. Let me tell you–it did not taste like chocolate. 

For those of you in the know, Vegemite or Marmite is a dark brown paste made of leftover yeast extract. For some reason, British and Australian people love it, however, I find it absolutely revolting. The smell and taste are disgusting and strong. After tasting some, I was counting down the minutes until class was over so I could go home and brush my teeth 5 times and mouthwash. Thanks, Joanna.


Anyways, I hate to start this post off on a bad note, but Vegemite is exactly what Masque Vivant smells like. While applying this super thick and goopy paste to my face, I was immediately brought back to my high school days. Yes, it does absolutely stink (Jordan was across the room and said YOU STINK), however, you sort of get used to the smell, and really, it’s all worth it because it WORKS.


When I had my Biologique Recherche facial back in March, my facialist, Ellis, mixed this mask with the Masque VIP O2, as per Dr. Allouche’s recommendation. I have not, however, repeated this (purely because I do not feel like dropping $140 on two face masks at once), but I mix the Vivant with a pinch of baking soda and a few drops of water for blackhead removal abilities.


So, in true BR style, being the Hermès of skincare and all, this mask isn’t cheap. It’s $77, but it works. And for me, right now, I am so frustrated with my skin, that it’s OK. I’m still on the Differin, and it feels like I am in a constant state of ‘purging’ which is really frustrating. I just needed something to help with my constant breakouts.


This mask purifies the face, leaving it super clean. First I double cleanse, follow up with P50W (just use your exfoliating toner), the smooth on the foamy brown paste. After application, leave it alone for 20 minutes or so, and it hardens but does not pull on the face, crack or leave skin feeling tight or dry. Yes, you will look semi-terrifying and sort of look like you have leprosy as the baking soda bubbles, but you definitely see results the next morning–the redness had pretty much gone, skin is more refined, and pimples have significantly reduced in size. Skin is more clear and glowing, and all the little bumps under my skin are clearing up (!!).


Since I’ve been so fed up with my face, I used it 4 or 5 times in the first week, but after that I’ve continued with 2 or 3 times a week. After removal, I apply the Differin, and then a moisturizing mask (really liking Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Night Spa).


Biologique Recherche products can be found in Canada at:


One to One Studio (Toronto) 


Biologique Recherche

This Wednesday March 5’th Dr. Phillipe Allouche, Director of Research and Development and CEO Pierre-Louis Delapalme will be in store to join us for the official launch of their famed skincare line Biologique Recherche.  Along with Beauty Next Group and a selection of VIP clients Dr. Allouche and Mr. Delapalme will be taking interviews and discussions with members of the beauty media who experienced treatments with us, earlier in the month.


Biologique Recherche is a cult classic, an exclusive French skincare line with over 35 years experience in developing the most powerful and effective skincare products in the beauty industry. P50, the secret weapon in their cachet of serums, boosts the essential line which uses a clinical approach to beauty care using intentionally pure, concentrated, raw ingredients, as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures.


One-One Studio is excited to be the only spa in Ontario to offer this exclusive line to our clients.  Biologique Recherche is so incredible, clients fly into Paris from all over the world just to meet Dr. Allouche and have him be ‘the carpenter’ of their skin.


Take a look what Town & Country Magazine has to say about this fabulous line!




Vanilla – an antioxidant that calms and relaxes is also known to be an aphrodisiac. When you use this bar you’ll know why! With the colour and texture of chocolate and the creamy scent of vanilla, this bar is the ultimate in a luxury soap.