Get the Napoleon Perdis look

There is only one season at Napoleon Perdis and it’s summer. Be seduced into an endless summer of poolside glamour by following Australia’s leading make-up artist Napoleon Perdis’s step-by-step guide to create the ultimate bronzed look.


Using Sable Brush 19b, apply Auto Pilot Pre-foundation Primer to the face. Blend Auto Pilot Eye Primer Eye Hydrating Cream to the under eye area. Prep lips with Auto Pilot Lip Service. Curl eye lashes with the Lash Curler. Apply your first coat of Long Black Mascara in Double Black.


Using the same brush that primer has been applied with, blend China Doll Foundation across the ‘feature focus’ area of the face.

Conceal dark circles with the Pro Palette Concealer. Either mix Deep Sand and Light Amber, or layer the shades on the under eye area to conceal darkness/discoloration.

Mix the appropriate shades form the Pro Palette Concealer to match the skin tone and apply to blemishes. Be sure to warm the concealer into the skin with your finger tip or a sponge.

Apply a touch of concealer across the entire eye lid from the lash line to the brow bone and set with a touch of Camera Finish, creating a base for your eye shadow.

Lightly set the foundation across the ‘feature focus’ area of the face with Camera Finish.


Apply China Doll in Equinox along the upper lash line. Pat Tan from Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad #4 over the mobile lid up to the socket line, from the inner corner to the outer corner.

Sweep Mosaic Bronzing through the socket of the eye using Sable Brush 16b. This will blend the colour through the socket and graduate the colour to ensure no muddy hues.

Highlight the brow bone and inner corner of the eye with the Luminous Nude eye shadow from Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad #13.

Line the inner rim of the lower lash line with Eye Pencil in Brown, making sure to blend product between the lower lashes. Blend Mocha Brown from Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad #4 along the lower lash line, making sure it blends with the Brown Pencil. Apply your second coat of Long Black Mascara in Double Black.


Comb the brows with Mascara Wand 2m. Define with appropriate Eye/brow Pencil or Colour Disc.


Sweep Mosaic Bronzing Powder over the apples of the cheeks. Softly add Mosaic Bronzing to the temples. Add a soft dusting of Mosaic Gleamer to the top of the cheekbones to highlight.


Coat Lips with Luminous Lip in Hot Toffee.

Spring looks


Coloured eyeliner and bright eye shadows have graced the spring/summer runways this year, replacing winter’s palette of brown, black and grey. While the thought of blue eye shadow may send shudders down the spine of any ’80s child, Petra Rijnbeek, LancĂ´me New Zealand national make-up artist, suggests, “When you are wearing a strong colour, such as indigo blue, you need to take the shadow under the eye to complete the whole story and give it more of a modern, smoky feel.” Alternatively, try wearing two shades of the one colour, applying the lighter shade to the inner corner of your eye and then gradually adding the darker shade as you blend outwards. For a sophisticated evening look, Meghan Thomson, Bobbi Brown education manager, suggests wearing silver, gold or bronze metallic eye shadow with a generous coating of mascara.


Lipstick trends are taking three clear directions this season: nude, sheer and bold. For nude lips, dab concealer or M.A.C Lip Erase (RRP $40) on your lips followed by a light coat of lip balm. For sheer lips, look for translucent lipsticks and glosses or lighten your usual lipstick with a touch of lip gloss. For bold colour, try hot pinks, corals and reds, but tone it down by applying the lipstick lightly with your ring finger. Apply the colour more heavily on the middle of your top lip to emphasise your cupid’s bow. For a real ’80s rock look, try a two-toned lip: red on top, pink on the bottom. Coloured lips should be worn with groomed brows and neutral eyes.


Rather than peach or bubblegum-pink tones, cheeks are taking on more of a bronzed look this season. Use blush and illuminating products to sculpt and contour your cheekbones.

Expert tip:

“As well as emphasising cheekbones, blush helps to reflect colour back into your eyes, making them look clearer and more sparkly.”
 – Petra Rijnbeek, LancĂ´me New Zealand national make-up artist.


“Spring calls for coloured nails. 
Keep it bright with oranges, pinks 
and corals. For a darker nail, go for variations of blues or purples.”
Rebecca Prior, Napoleon Perdis international make-up artist.


Your skin should look fresh, healthy and hydrated with a finish that is neither matt nor shiny. Brows should be well groomed, but keep them full, soft and natural.

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