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Napoleon Perdis has always sought to demystify and democratize makeup. Since picking up his first brush, at the age of 13, to help his glamorous mother primp for a soiree, the self-taught beauty impresario has aimed to conjure the celebrity in every woman. A native of Sydney, Australia and now based in Hollywood, California, Perdis infuses his makeup collections with a feel-good message of female empowerment: all products have built-in educators and pro-tips, and each season runway trends become a wearable reality.

Napoleon launched a small makeup studio in the Sydney suburb of Leichhardt in 1992. Three years later he debuted his first concept store on Sydney’s Oxford Street, boasting a full cosmetics collection, including foundations, eye shadows, lipsticks and accessories. Vivid, vivacious color soon became a Napoleon Perdis trademark. As a specialist in bridal and special events makeup, Perdis learned early on in his career about color’s uplifting benefits. Working intimately with women of different skin colors, skin types and ages, he also developed an immense appreciation for the uniqueness of every face. Napoleon’s reputation soon propelled him into editorial work, spearheading and solidifying his intention to make trends accessible for all.

The Napoleon Perdis philosophy is not dictated by fashion: it’s about celebrating and elevating your natural beauty with confidence-building products. With this ever in mind, Perdis was motivated to launch a second cosmetics line, the playful younger sister to the prestige collection, in 2008. The resulting collection, NP Set, is now available at over 1600 Target stores as well as at 300 Target Australia stores. The collection is 98% paraben-free and boasts organic benefits for even the most discerning glamazon.

In addition to managing Napoleon Perdis, NP Set and the makeup academies, Napoleon is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.com and also remains an in-demand makeup artist with an array of devoted clients. Napoleon was recognized for his excellence in the field of cosmetics and deft makeup skills in the April 2010 issue of Elle Magazine. For the magazine’s fifth annual celebration of beauty’s elite, Napoleon was awarded with an Elle Genius Award.

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Not to Prime Is a Crime: 5 Primers, 5 Ways

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 8:46 PM

Priming is an essential step in any makeup routine. Not only is it great for your skin, but it is necessary in ensuring your makeup stays flawless from dawn till dusk. Primer prepares skin for makeup application by creating a smooth, perfect surface for product to grab onto for longer-lasting,...

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Join the Cover-up: 6 Concealer Tricks

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Concealer is the Holy Grail of makeup products. The multi-tasker can be used to reduce the appearance of dark circles and pimples, highlight and accentuate areas of the face, and more. Below are a few of my key concealer tricks I use on and off the runway...

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Frame and Tame: Tips for Perfect Brows

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Eyebrows have never been a bigger beauty trend. Good brows lift the eyes and balance the shape of the face. Unfortunately, a lot of women (and men) are getting too tweezer-happy or don't know how to properly groom their brows. I've lined out a step-by-step guide below to make framing...

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Aisle Do: Bridal Makeup Do's and Don'ts

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Exchanging vows is something most girls dream about, so everything has to be perfect. You've got the gorgeous guy (or gal), the ring and the dress, but one factor that can often be high on the anxiety list is the makeup. The tendency may be to go big (it's a...

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Best of Beauty: Top 5 Makeup Mavens in Music

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 4:06 PM

The music industry is a marketplace that's saturated with competing artists - most amazing in their own right and respective genres. But it isn't enough to just be musically talented and a gifted performer with a bangin' tune anymore. The world now demands more and it's the individuals who go...

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6 Brushes Every Woman Needs in Her Makeup Bag

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Everyone wants to know the secret to a flawless face. In addition to the right skincare, priming, and base products, the key is proper application, and for that you need the right tools! Professional makeup artists carry extensive brush rolls, but even the most devoted makeup aficionado can be overwhelmed...

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Party-Season Perfect: Finding the Right Red Lipstick

(4) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:14 PM

The holiday period is fast-approaching and you know what that means... parties, parties and more parties! It's the time of year everyone always asks me what beauty must-have they need in their makeup bag. My answer? Red lipstick. Just like the little black dress is a wardrobe classic, a swipe...

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Halloween Glamour: Complete Your Costume With Catwalk-Inspired Makeup!

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 8:29 PM

One of my key creative influences is fashion -- specifically the latest looks from the runway -- and I am constantly searching for new and inventive ways to share these trends with my customers. However, the vast majority of runway looks may be too extreme for day-to-day wear, but are...

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The Beauty of Consumption: Thoughts on Food Porn

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Today the "food porn" phenomenon has overtaken every form of communication, thanks to social media. Take a quick scroll through your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook feed, and you'll see photo after photo of your friends' lunches and dinners -- filter not optional. Why are we, as humans, so obsessed with...

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Look Great on the Go -- Powerhouse Makeup Products for the Frequent Flyer

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:28 PM

As CEO of a global brand, I am always on-the-go. From the airport to the board room, I want to make sure I look my best and, most importantly, well-rested! Here are a few of my favorite go-to products for travel to ensure you look fabulous from take-off to touchdown.

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Makeup Your Career: What I've Learned as a Makeup Artist

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Education has and always will be the lifeblood of my brand, both for its ability to empower and inspire. My passion lies in making sure both aspiring makeup artists and my customers have access to the right techniques, and tools (literally and figuratively) to succeed in today's competitive market. As...

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Summer 2014 Beauty Trends

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:41 PM

While spring and fall traditionally usher in the new trends for fashion and beauty, summer may be my favorite season for experimenting with makeup. The fashion is brighter, the weather is warmer and the sense of anticipation and adventure is rife. Whether you're getting glam for cocktail hour at a...

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Sometimes It's Good to Be Bad: Beauty Faux Pas Gone Right

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Any fashion follower realizes that trends are very often cyclical, meaning that no matter how heinous or dated something appears it could very well be at the forefront of fashion again in a few short seasons. Countless daughters have found some of their most fab finds in mom's or grandma's...

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Making the Retail Experience a Luxury in Its Own Right

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:36 PM

As each new season greets retailers with a staggering number of shoppers choosing to shop online or via mobile as opposed to visiting stores, every retailer from small local boutiques to global superpowers has tried to keep up with the exploding demand for shopping online. However, in the past year,...

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Your Latitude Can Affect Your Attitude: A Look at Beauty Around the Globe

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Marie Claire U.S. Health & Beauty Director Erin Flaherty recently gathered several fellow editors in New York for a Global Beauty Forum to discuss current trends in markets around the world. While the constant exchange of images, tips, tricks and trends on social media makes geographic boundaries seem meaningless, the...

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Keith Haring, Steven Sprouse and Leigh Bowery: Breaking Boundaries at Club 57

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Bold graphic lines. Wear-if-you-dare color. Haute couture mixed with high street mixed with, the street. Many of the most visually exciting looks stomping down the catwalk and the sidewalk in S/S 2014 can be traced back to three movements that emerged in the late 70s and early 80s, and their...

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Conscious Uncoupling in the Beauty Realm: Breaking Out of a Makeup Rut

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 6:00 PM

For anyone living under a rock (or consciously unaware of celebrity gossip), power duo Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin recently announced their separation in a post titled "Conscious Uncoupling" on Gywneth's wildly popular blog, Goop. While the slightly... odd phrase created a social media storm and spurred a number of...

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Beautiful at Any Age: My Makeup Secrets for a Fresh-faced Look

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:42 PM

I recently hosted a masterclass inspired by a shoot I did for the "Fabulous at Every Age" issue of Harper's Bazaar Australia late last year. It was an amazing experience working with my team to create gorgeous looks for models aged from their 20s to their 70s as I firmly...

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Spring 2014 Makeup Trends -- Runway and Reality Masterclass

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Last month I had an amazing opportunity to host a masterclass with my dear friend, ELLE Beauty Director Emily Dougherty. I've known Emily since I brought my line to the U.S. and it was truly an honor to host her at my Academy in Hollywood. One of the key principles...

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Countdown to the Oscars: Red Carpet Beauty Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:06 PM

With Oscar night just days away, starlets and stylists are carefully plotting their statements for the biggest red-carpet event of the year. While Instagram updates can make anyone feel as though they're in on the Hollywood secrets for red-carpet perfection, there are untold tricks that makeup artists keep up their...

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