Look younger without surgery

January 26, 2010 10:05:46 AM PST
Hollywood makeup artist Napoleon Purdis says you can look youthful and energized at any age, without the costs and risks of surgery or invasive procedures. And you don't have to spend a lot of money on makeup either. Napoleon has introduced a new moderately priced makeup line called NP Set. It's available at Target stores and online at Target.com.

Here are some of Napoleon's tips on how to look younger:

Fake great skin and create the perfect canvas: I always say, "Not to prime is a crime." Make up glides on easier and last longer. If skin doesn't have the proper hydration and smoothness, foundation won't have the appropriate skip that lets you look like you're not wearing any makeup at all.

Youthful and awake eye: Apply mascara to the top lashes only and do so before applying shadow to brighten up your face instantly. Apply more to the outside corners to five you a lift. Applying mascara to your bottom lashes can lead to a drooping effect that can make you look tired or bring attention to wrinkles under the eyes.

Lighten up: Apply a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone with a medium synthetic brush. Press the concealer onto areas such as the brow bone, the cheekbones, and the bridge of the nose to give a "lifted" and more prominent appearance.

Define and deepen: Create definition and depth with a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone. Apply to the socket of the eye, the temples, the hollows of the cheeks and down the sides of the nose, to further heighten the lifted appearance.

Get reflective: Maximize the lifted effect with a crème or powder that will reflect light. Apply onto the areas of the face that light would naturally hit (such as the brow bone, cheekbones and bridge of the nose) ? the same areas that you highlighted with the light concealer.

Open the eyes: Lift the eyes further by eliminating redness on the outer corner of the eye with a skin tone concealer. Work liner on the lower lash line, close the eye and continue sweeping out on an upward angle, and bring the liner back along the outer corner onto the top lash line. Also extend the eye by working your liner onto the inner corner of the upper lash line.

The Blush life: Add a bright blush shade to your daily makeup for a look that's flushed, youthful and fun. Select your color based on skin tone and the look you are wanting to achieve. We have used Color Disc # 92 Fuschia and focused most of the product onto the apples of the cheek, sweeping the color back towards the hairline. With what is left on the brush, return to the apples of the cheek and sweep some color towards the nose for a more natural effect. Apply any remaining product lightly onto the nose to create a continuity of color that is not confined to the cheeks. Soften the final result by adding a highlight to the cheekbone area.

Staying hot without slipping into neutral: It's a makeup myth from a bygone era that you can't pull off a bold, red lip in your forties. So dare to be red, remarkable and ravishingly beautiful.

NP Set makeup featured on ABC7

Available at Target stores and at target.com

  • Pre-Foundation Primer Set ($29)
  • Concealer Set ($25)
  • Baked Powder ($20)
  • Pasarella Powder Foundation ($30)
  • Cruise Blush ($18)
  • Lipsticks in Madrid and Denver ($15)
  • Pasarella Mascara in Black ($15)


    Napoleon Perdis has always sought to demystify and democratize makeup. Since picking up his first brush, at the age of 8, 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. The butterfly symbolizes something of great value to Perdis. It's the choice of color and the freedom to experiment.

    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, and is inspired by the world's fashion capitals, with exuberant colors, sophisticated foundations and beauty essentials that are easy-to-use. The collection is 98% paraben-free and boasts organic benefits for even the most discerning glamazon.

    Today Napoleon Perdis has 55 stand-alone concept stores and over 800 point-of-sale locations in Australia and New Zealand. In the United States, the brand has three Napoleon Perdis concept stores, including the vibrant flagship on Hollywood Boulevard, and is represented at over 300 Ulta stores across the country, as well as at select independent retailers, including Planet Beauty and Dermstore.com. Napoleon Perdis is also available at high-profile tourist destinations including the Palms and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and The Plaza Hotel in New York. In 1993, Napoleon launched the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, which currently has eight campuses across Australia and New Zealand and one on Hollywood Boulevard in California, driving his message of education and learning.

    In addition to managing Napoleon Perdis, NP Set and the makeup academies, Perdis is still an in-demand makeup artist with an array of devoted clients. Since its unveiling in the U.S., the Napoleon Perdis brand has ratcheted up celebrity fans including Evangeline Lilly, Becki Newton, Debra Messing, Shenae Grimes, Jessica Lowndes, Heidi Montag, Whitney Port, Catt Sadler, LeAnn Rimes, Melissa George, Leven Rambin, Kelly Hu, Nicollette Sheridan, Rose McGowan, Amanda Bynes and Hilary and Hayley Duff among others.