Napoleon Perdis - Interview with Napoleon Perdis, the creator and founder

I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, who is also the founder of Napoleon Perdis, the makeup line. He first debuted his cosmetic line in 1995, and you can find it quite readily all throughout Australia and New Zealand. He also launched his own makeup academy the same year in Paddington, Sydney.

Some of Temptalia’s favorite Napoleon Perdis products have been their gorgeous Blush Patrol, which is a baked and pressed powder with darling swirls of pink and raspberry, along with their Empress nail polish. I also love the matching Empress gloss (it’s a great color, because it looks like a lip stain and is so lightweight, perfect for on-the-go).

What’s the feelings and ideas behind the line and how Napoleon approaches beauty?

Napoleon’s philosophy is focused on female empowerment and individuality taking a cross-generational, multi-ethnic approach to beauty. For this reason, in the span of a decade, Napoleon Perdis has made his mark around the globe with inspirational and customised capsule collections of products that empower women and give them the tools they need to bring the perfect look into their own reality.

Enjoy our interview!

Temptalia: First, thank you so much for taking my questions! What inspired you to start your own line, and what keeps you inspired to pursue and expand the line?
Napoleon: I was inspired by my Greek mother. I would watch her put her makeup on everyday and I was immediately attracted to color and glamour. I have four daughters and I just love women. That’s what keeps me inspired.

Temptalia: What are three products you simply could not live without?
Napoleon: Camera Finish Powder Foundation, Auto Pilot Skin Primer, Long Black Mascara

Temptalia: What beauty tip you are so glad you discovered?
Napoleon: Mascara should always be applied first – it opens up the eyes and helps set the mood for the story you want to tell. I always recommend applying 2-3 coats of mascara.

Temptalia: How can one achieve the illusion of gorgeous, flawless skin that we see so often in photos?
Napoleon: Complexion Perfection is about nothing, but the right nothing. First, not to prime is a crime, so make sure to apply Auto Pilot Skin Primer for a smoother landing for your makeup. Also, avoid foundation on the forehead as that can be aging. Keep foundation on the feature focus area and use concealer for other areas on the face. Truly, less is more.

Temptalia: What kind of exciting new projects and products can we see Napoleon Perdis participating or producing in the future?
Napoleon: I am going to be featured on HSN, the Home Shopping Network. This will be the first time my brand will be available via television! It’s such an exciting medium for me.

And we can’t wait to see him on HSN and are so excited to see Napoleon more and more (he did a bunch of Emmy stuff just recently, too!).

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