Code Napoleon Makeup Rules to Live By Napoleon Perdis Drafts New Beauty Constitution
Napoleon Perdis is drafting his own influential Code Napoleon, a chain of essential makeup maxims to live by. The tenets which cover everything from the importance of priming to the value of self-empowerment and precisely when to apply mascara, distill the cosmetic king's beauty philosophy refined over the last 15 years. Perdis not only lives by these rules by shares them with every woman he comes in contact with, whether she's a model, celebrity or civilan.
"My code is practical and easy to subscribe to," says Perdis. "I've been using these tips for many years but I saw the need to reiterate them again for my customers."
Vive la Code Napoleon!Napoleon Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer
When Perdis launched his cult Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer over seven years ago, he had an inkling it would resonate with women everywhere. "It was a period when primers were not as readily available as they are now," he says. "But ours has lasted the test of time." The Auto Pilot version is the ultimate canvas for makeup application. It's like a second skin that smoothes the complexion, mattifies the T-zone and ensures makeup lasts all-day long. Additionally, the primer is loaded with skin-rejuvenating ingredients including Chamomile, Yarrow Extract and Vitamin E.
Napoleon Auto Pilot Pre-foundation Primer (RRP:$49.50)Napoleon China Doll Foundation
This nation needs to rally around foundation
No woman should go without a stellar base, which is why we offer seven different formulations. No matter whether you prefer liquid, powder or aerosol, we have you covered in an array of flattering shades and finishes. "China Doll offers a velvety matte finish, Boudoir Mist creates a luminous glow, and Stick Foundation is the ultimate coverage," says Perdis, listing three of the leading varieties. "Foundation is the one thing women should never skimp on. It's a makeup must-have. Why? It obscures imperfections, counters discolouration and creates a dazzling flawless look. Case closed."
Napoleon China Doll Foundation (RRP:$65)Napoleon Long Black Mascara
Mascara is black gold. Apply it first and last.
"Blame it on Sophia Loren, but I'm obsessed with long, luscious lashes, and I can't imagine creating a look without mascara," says Perdis. "That's why we have 10 different wands to choose from. Whether it's volumising, lengthening, priming or colouring you seek, I have the wand for you." Kick off every look with mascara- it's the perfect launch pad and influences the rest of your makeup. Finish with a second coat for an injection of Loren-worthy glamour. Black gold indeed.
Napoleon Long Black Mascara (RRP: $33)Line your lips after applying lipstick- not before
It's a common misconception that you should line the lips before you apply the colour- not in the world according to Napoleon. Apply your lipstick then use a pencil to line around the edges. The liner will glide on smoother than it does on a bare mouth, leaving a more natural outline but still preventing the lip colour from bleeding. High precision liner seals your lips for long-lasting results. "Using my 'outside in' liner technique," says Perdis "begin at the outside corner of your mouth and use a feathering motion to draw the line to the middle of the lips. Repeat on the other side."Refresh your makeup each season with vibrant new colours
Why not mix things up a little? Changing up a few colours in your makeup kit can boost the spirit and dramatically alter your look. If you veer towards neutrals on the eyes, try a bolt of electric blue or purple. If red is your go-to shade for lips, step out of your comfort zone and sample an orange lipstick like DeVine Godess in Hara. Add colour or trade colours for sultry, statement eyes. "Try a metallic smoky, with brilliant shades infused with silver, bronze or gold," says Perdis. Never forget to bring out the celebrity in you
"Every woman has the right to experience the thrill of red carpet-inspired glamour," says Perdis, who approaches each client as if she were a Hollywood starlet. The rise of social media has meant that daily life has become a photo opportunity- and who doesn't want to put their best face forwar don Facebook? What's more, looking good invariably translates as feeling good. "I like to try and empower my clients with the most flattering looks in my book of tricks." Discover your own knockout style, be confident and treat everyday like you're stepping on to a red carpet.Napoleon Perdis
picked up his first makeup brush at the age of 14 to help his glamorous mother primp for a soiree. Since then the self-taught makeup artist has long dreamed of spreading his glamour gospel. A native of Sydney, Australia, and now based in Los Angeles, Perdis has always sought to demystify makeup, and transform runway and red carpet trends to reality. The Napoleon Perdis philosophy is not dictated by fashion: it's about accenting your natural beauty with confidence-building products. Last year, in addition to taking his company global, the leading artist launched anew line exclusively for Target, NP Set. Perdis is also still an in-demand makeup artist. Since its unveiling to the U.S., the brand has attracted celeb fans including Jessica Szohr, AnnaLynne McCord, Lindsay Lohan, Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Jessica Lowndes, Shenae Grimes, Melissa George, Amanda Bynes and Hilary and Hayley Duff, among others.
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