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Makeup Tips from Napoleon Perdis
1. Dressed For Success
For decades, wearing a red lipstick has been one of the most powerful tools a woman has had on her side. It commands attention and translates as confidence and strength and people tend to focus more on what you're saying when you're wearing a strong but still flattering bold shade.
Apply Napoleon Perdis DèVine Goddess Lipstick Aphrodite to the lips and line the lips last, using Lip Pencil Rococo Red. If you're not used to wearing a stronger lip look, then do what Napoleon does and leave it on for 12 minutes before you decide whether you're going to dump it or own it.
If you want to wear red, but aren't confident about a strong lip, then just use a sheer shade, a gloss, or a stain for a hint of tint versus a rich, creamy lipstick.
2. Five Minutes to Fabulous
Only have five minutes to get ready? That's all you need!
Invest in three key products for instant glamification:
- Peep Show Mascara Madame Fantasia for full and luscious lashes.
- Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation for a flawless, weightless base in seconds.
- Barely Blushing Barely Buff for a soft pink cheek and lip stain.
Whatever the occasion, whether it's for a boardroom presentation or an unexpected meeting, you can achieve this fresh and natural look in minutes!
3. Conflict Resolution
Need to keep your cool through a stressful day? Minimise the risk of oiling up under pressure by controlling excess shine.
Use a mattifying primer like Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pore Minimizer & Mattifier through the T-zone before you apply your foundation. Its weightless, velvety formula helps to prevent shine and allows you to look flawless and in control - even if you don't feel it!
4. The Glass Ceiling
Wearing glasses and makeup needs know how. Try balancing your beautiful frames by wearing a statement lip.
Shades of pink and tangerine add a pop of color and help to balance the focus on your eyes.
Try Napoleon Perdis DèVine Goddess Lipstick Calypso or Niki for a trending finish.
5. Fluttery Will Get You Everywhere
Your lashes deserve a promotion - and some extra length, definition, and volume. Subtle individual false lashes are a great way to upgrade your eyes without looking too obvious and of course, staying office appropriate.
Napoleon Perdis Lashes in Pansy are individual faux lashes that are subtle enough to look like they're God given. After your mascara application, add three to five onto the outer corners of the top lash line for an instant eye opener. You'll notice a fuller lash line and a more defined eye line.
Going from the desk to dinner, add a few more to up the intensity.
6. The Secret Weapon
Luminizer is a well-kept celebrity secret. Sometimes all you need is a flawless base, some eye enhancement, and a hint of light-reflecting sheen to create a gorgeous glow and a little subtle sculpting of the face.
Napoleon Perdis Light Patrol Luminizer Palette is a must have for every makeup bag. With five fabulous, creamy shades in Bronze, Pink Ice, Gold, Silver and Rose, they're best applied to the cheek and brow bones, eyes, and lips.
Pick the most flattering shade - or customise by blending two or more - and apply to the skin using your fingertips to create luminosity and enhance your features in seconds.
7. The Power Brow
Brows can make or break a look, so be dedicated about maintenance and outsource your brow grooming if you're not confident. An appointment with a professional brow or makeup artist can help you find the most flattering brow shape for your face.
The right brows have the power to make you look younger, fresher, and even your face look slimmer. The wrong brows are instantly ageing and can even change make you appear angry or harsh!
Once you're confident you have the right shape for you, then all you need to do is a little daily grooming; start by combing the brows with an eyebrow brush in an up and outward motion to establish where there may be a need for definition. If there are visible gaps, uneven length or if the brow has been over-plucked, use an Eyebrow Pencil to fill-in these exposed areas to assist in creating a flattering brow shape.
Aim for a full, natural eyebrow shape by feathering Napoleon Perdis Eyebrow Pencil Pale Rider or Chocoholic along the brow following the direction of the hair growth.
8. Staying Power
Does your foundation go the distance or do you find it miraculously melts off during the day? To keep your face in place, try this great touch-up tool. A spray foundation will not only give your base a more polished yet still natural finish, but it's a great way to refresh your makeup later in the day without having to remove your foundation and start again.
Napoleon Perdis Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation consists of a light, weightless formula in an aerosol dispenser which provides buildable coverage to correct uneven skin tone, works brilliantly to touch up foundation, reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates a flawless finish that lasts even after a busy day at work.
Apply in circular motions over freshly primed skin or over your existing foundation. And there you have it: you have the perfect lightweight base in seconds.
9. Taking Care of Business
First impressions count, so it's important to ensure your makeup look is appropriate for any occasion; there are often times when you find yourself going from boardroom to restaurant to an external meeting with little warning.
Whether you love a natural, neutral look, prefer bolder colour statements, make sure you are always well groomed, polished and most importantly, that you feel confident and comfortable in your appearance.
10. Smooth Operator
Working long hours at the office in air conditioning and under harsh lighting can really take its toll on the way your skin looks and feels - and also the way it wears makeup.
Skin can easily get dehydrated and dry during the working week; have you ever noticed how great your skin looks on a Monday morning after a weekend?
Investing in a hydrating primer will not only instantly improve the condition of your skin, but help your foundation application, finish, and staying power. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup, guaranteeing a smoother landing for your foundation.
Skin soothers like Chamomile, Yarrow Extract and Vitamin E keep the complexion hydrated, fresh, and fabulous for a long lasting finish. And you can also mix it with your foundation if you want a lighter base. A multi-tasking marvel!
11. Shape Up
Any makeup artist will tell you that contouring is his or her secret weapon for creating killer cheekbones and sculpting the face.
Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette is a three-toned palette that helps to bring life and shape into the face. Use the caramel tone to contour below the cheek bones, the rose tone can be swept over the cheeks or pressed onto the lips for a hint of color and the luminous pink shade highlights the tops of the cheeks or can be used as eye shadow. Definitely a makeup bag must!
12. Instant lift
Early start? Fake a fresh, wide-eyed look with this instant eye lift: take a white eyeliner like Napoleon Perdis Eye Pencil White On and feather it below the outer corner of the eye and blend towards the temples using a small synthetic brush.The light tone will highlight and help brighten and lift - no surgery required!
Take your office-appropriate day look to night in minutes with some of these three additional makeup moves. You don't need to start over just use your day look as a great base and amp it up a little.
- For further definition on the inner rim of the eye, use a Napoleon Perdis Eye Pencil in a colourful shade, rather than the standard black or brown.
- Strap on a false lash or some individuals to add drama and volume to your natural lashes. Make sure you let them dry for a few minutes and then finish off the look with a coat of mascara to fuse your natural lashes with the falsies for the best effect.
- Trick the light with a loose powder in a soft metallic shade and apply it to the top of the cheekbones using a blush brush. Try Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust Star Light/ Mosaic Gold or Honey Child. It's a great way to get your glow on.
14. Nearly Nude
Nude makeup is both a trend right now and a safe, classic palette on which to build your look. Nude and neutral tones always look professional and flatter most skin types.
For fairer skin tones, use pale shades of pink, peach and apricot. For deeper skin tones, keep the warmth in the skin with caramel, chocolate and bronze hues.
If you're worried that a nude look will wash you out, then work some slightly metallic shades of eye shadow or a light-reflective gloss into your look.
15. The Youth Market
One of the simplest tips for keeping your makeup young and fresh comes down to application: foundation application.
Avoid using too much base on your forehead where you don't really need it. Instead start in the feature focus area (the triangle of features that make up the eyes, nose, and lips) and blend outwards for a flawless finish, being sure to blend along the jawline and around the nose.
Poorly applied foundation can age you in an instant.
16. Eye Will Survive
Does your eye makeup crease or wear off by the end of a busy day in the office? Using an eye primer will help keep your shadow in place and just as important, prevent it from creasing and fading. Using an eye-specific primer like Napoleon Perdis Eye Will Survive Primer is the key to longer-lasting eye makeup.
Before you apply your eye shadow, press a small amount over the eye lid from lash to brow using a flat domed brush for durable results.
A hydrating serum is another great prep step for complexion perfection. Support your skin with a concentrated cocktail of ingredients that will help it maintain collagen and elastin production, keep your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth, and protect it from environmental aggressors.
Napoleon Perdis Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum packs a powerful anti-ageing punch with a host of active ingredients to help keep skin in top condition. Apply it before you would primer or in place of primer and before your foundation for a luxurious skin finish.
18. Be Prepared
Need to touch up your makeup for an impromptu meeting - and fast? Always be prepared with a pressed powder in your handbag or desk drawer to refresh your base, control any shine, and conceal any visible signs of fatigue.
Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish sets, conceals and applies foundation all in one, for a quick fix to go! With an inbuilt mirror, the sleek gold compact is portable and contains a handy sponge for instant application.
19. Lip Service
Your lips don't have any oil glands, so the skin here is very susceptible to feeling dry and chapped. Add office air conditioning and heating into the equation and your lips will not only feel uncomfortable, but the can be easily prone to visible dryness and chapping. Enemy number one for lipstick!
Keep lips hydrated with a nourishing balm like Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service. It also makes a great primer to use before you apply your gloss or lipstick.
20. From Drab to Fab
The pace of corporate life can really bring out the worst in your skin: cue dark circles, excess under eye baggage, and red, irritated skin. Clever concealing can brighten up your skin and disguise dark circles. Bring out those cheekbones and smooth under the eye area with the 'Hollywood V' technique that Napoleon created for his celebrity clients.
Apply Napoleon Perdis Mighty Concealer Pen Mellow Yellow in a 'V' shape below the eye area and across the top of the cheek bones using a Napoleon Perdis High Definition Foundation & Concealer Brush g20. It's an instant pick you up.