Gettin’ Cheeky With It…by Christabelle
Chromotherapy is the use of color to boost one’s physical, emotional and spiritual state, and this season acclaimed colorist Napoleon Perdis is getting in on the positivity act. The Hollywood-based makeup artist, known for his inspirational use of cosmetics, is dramatically expanding his color offerings with a rainbow of optimistic new shades. The core collection extension includes 14 Prismatic Eye Shadow Quads, 6 Cheek to Chic Blush Duos and 5 Luminous Lip Veils —all of which adds up to the ideal prescription for banishing the recession blues. The quads, duos and lip veils are packaged in translucent acrylic components that reveal their true colors, and will be displayed on counter in a faceted tester unit that resembles a gorgeous black jewel. As you would expect from Napolen Perdis, the mood of the collection is uplifting, adventurous and undeniably glamorous. The message? Brighten up.
The new color story, which can be interpreted in endless ways, has two distinct streams. The first is “The Surreal World,” a dreamy confection informed by surrealist art, Elsa Schiaparelli and current trends. “Salvador Dali is one of my favorite artists of all time,” says Perdis, who has long collected the Spanish maverick. Certainly, Dali is in the ether: There are major exhibitions (including the recent Surrealism and Beyond at the The Cincinnati Art Museum) and major movies, including Little Ashes with Robert Pattinson as the young Spanish painter, and Dali with Antonio Banderas as the renowned artist. A third upcoming film, Dali & I: The Surreal Story, features Al Pacino. “Our interpretation of surrealism is about surprising color combinations like blue and yellow for eyes,” says Perdis. “It’s a little edgy but always fun and feminine.”
After all the draped dresses and gladiator sandals in fashion, it makes sense to redefine Grecian glamour for beauty consumers. Hence the second stream: “Goddess Worship,” an exploration of mythical, ethereal beauty. “Goddess is an ode to mighty Aphrodite, classic Hollywood style and Milanese fashion,” says Perdis. “In our case we focus on how every woman can unleash the deity within using just a few key products.” The range plays up entrancing eye colors, bewitching blushes and riveting new lip shades. “For goddess-worthy looks I lean towards soft hues like pink, lavender and ivory,” adds Perdis. “It’s an extremely flattering and wearable palette with a hint of glittering gold.” Combined with classic items from Napoleon Perdis, like Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer and Long Black Mascara, the result is decidedly statuesque.
14 PRISMATIC EYESHADOW QUADS (SRP $35): For dramatic, chromatic beauty, mix and mismatch this quartet of riveting shades. Pigment-rich, easy-to-blend colors range from sparkle to shimmer, metallic to matte, and allow for endless combinations. Ideal for wet or dry application. How to ensure perfect peepers? First, define your upper and lower lash line with one of the four shades. Then choose the shade that will be your major color statement. Finally, use the lightest shade to highlight the brow bone or inner eye area.
“In a rush? Try blush. It’s an instant pick-me-up.” – Napoleon Perdis
6 CHEEK TO CHIC BLUSH DUOS (SRP $28): Go for the glow with this radiant pair of cheek colors. The gorgeous formula blends easily and lasts for hours, while Vitamins A, C and E as well as chamomile nourish and protect the complexion. For a soft romantic look, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks — while smiling for a perfect applicationn. Use blush on cheekbones for a more dramatic visage.
“Sheer, glossy shine that is truly divine.” – Napoleon Perdis
5 LUMINOUS LIP VEILS (SRP $16): Get ready for scene-stealing sheen: Luminous Lip Veil catches the light like never before. This lightweight liquid lipstick is enriched with aloe vera to hydrate your pout and flavored with lychee extract for lip-smacking glamour. To create a crisp line, use lip liner after applying liquid lipstick. Wear over lipstick or solo for effortless style.
About Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis picked up his first makeup brush at the age of 13 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 be a makeup artist for the people, helping them bring out their inner celebrity 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 a new line exclusively for Target, NP SET. Perdis is also still an in-demand makeup artist. Since its unveiling in the U.S., the brand has attracted celeb fans including Jessica Szohr, AnnaLynne McCord, Lindsay Lohan, Leighton Meester, Evangeline Lilly, Heidi Montag, Whitney Port, Debra Messing, Jessica Lowndes, Shenae Grimes, Catt Sadler, LeAnn Rimes, Melissa George, Nicollette Sheridan, Amanda Bynes and Hilary and Hayley Duff, among others.
Products are available at napoleonperdis.com and the following Napoleon Perdis Locations, as well as ULTA stores nationwide and select independent retailers:
Napoleon Perdis Hollywood Concept Store & Makeup Academy
6621 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA, 90028
Napoleon Perdis Topanga Westfield Center
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Napoleon Perdis San Francisco Westfield Center
845 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103