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.

Tried & tested: Mascara


The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, RRP $23

I don’t know what Maybelline’s secret is, but it gets its mascara right every time. Packed with collagen and thickening 
agents, this mascara seems to create lashes out of nowhere. 
The result is full, voluptuous 
and intensely black lashes.


Exceptionnel de Chanel, RRP $62

Featuring Chanel’s signature sleek black packaging, this volumising mascara is equally sleek to apply. The wand lifts and curls the lashes, adding length and definition without any clumping, even after applying several layers. Thanks to the rich black formula, my lashes were left looking gloriously glossy and dramatic. A must for evenings out or special events.


Lash Define Mascara, RRP $23

This mascara’s flexible rubber brush allows precise application as it combs and separates each lash, resulting in well-defined and lengthened lashes. One swift sweep gives a natural look, or add a few more layers to create (clump-free) drama. The result: full and intensely black lashes.


Perfect Mascara, RRP $50

The crimped brush helps to lift and elongate lashes for a defined yet natural look. Enriched with vitamin B5, the formula (available in black and brown) is gentle on lashes yet is resistant to tears, perspiration or rain for a smudge-free and long-lasting finish. It’s the ideal office-to-party mascara.


Wonder Volume Mascara, RRP $51

Available in black and this season’s hottest hue – blue – this lash-volumising mascara instantly thickens lashes and coats them with intense colour. Lashes remain defined and clump-free throughout the day. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, the formula is also gentle on your eyes.


Perfectly Defined Mascara, RRP $55

The name of this mascara describes precisely what it achieves: perfectly defined lashes. The multi-comb brush helps 
to lengthen, separate and curl 
lashes in just a few sweeps. 
The result is natural-looking lashes minus any flaking. It’s the perfect mascara to wear at work.


Zoom Fast Black Lash, RRP $28

Made from carbon black pigment, this mascara coats lashes in 
a deep, rich black formula that creates instant drama, volume and length. Rather than creating a natural look, this mascara instantly draws attention to your eyes, so it’s best worn when seeking to impress.