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Translating High Fashion Makeup Into Everyday Beauty

Napoleon Perdis

photo credit: Kristen Somody Whalen


New York City’s 2011 Fall Fashion Week drew in fashionistas and high-profile designers from all around the world, wowing audiences with 60’s-inspired threads, tiered floral silk dresses, wild graphic prints and polished layered looks. And with such definitive fashion comes equally bold makeup looks. From the ever-popular smoky eyes, to intensely lined eyes and brightly pigmented lips, these makeup looks can help any woman command attention. Unfortunately, they’re far too dramatic and intense for your everyday look and are more befitting for parties and nights out on the town. So here are some tips on how to translate these high fashion makeup looks into more practical daily wear that anyone can pull off.

Smoky Eyes

Sultry smoky eyes can be softened up with lighter hues for subtle sexiness and a look that’s less intense. Famed makeup artist, Napoleon Perdis, whose ultimate goal in developing his cosmetics line was to turn runway into reality for the average woman, suggests using colors like gray and taupe as alternatives for the smoldering look.

1. Start by framing your eyes with mascara on the top and lower lashes. Perdis recommends his Mesmer-Eyes Mascara “made with TLC– thickening, lengthening and curling properties.”

2. Next, use a shimmering nude on the eyelids, and smudge a gray hue close to the lashes. This sort of application is a lot easier since you don’t have to blend as much.

3. Line the eyes with a black liner, such as China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Equinox by Napoleon Perdis.

Perfect Pout

To offset the darker shades used on the eyes, Perdis suggests using a creamy nude color with pink undertones on the lips.

Finish off by sweeping pink blush lightly across the cheekbones to balance the look.

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