“If a woman needs to get something done – red lipstick will give her the confidence she needs 100 per cent of the time.” This is one of the many makeup tips provided to our recent winner of the Napoleon Perdis Everlasting Elegance Masterclass, which was hosted by international makeup artist Perdis himself. We caught up with the lucky lady, Victoria Heenan to find out all the goss!
What was it like when you arrived at the event?
When I got to David Jones the four most gorgeous men I think I have ever seen in my life greeted me. They were spray-painted silver and had so much glitter on their bodies it was as if I had picked them out of a magazine during a ‘Build-a-Husband’ arts and crafts workshop. I almost missed Napoleon’s entrance because I was busy convincing myself that the silver men were in fact winking at me and not just trying to subtly blink some glitter out of their eyes.
Describe the moment you got to meet Napoleon Perdis…
Napoleon was wearing an orange and blue checked suit that only he could pull off with gold shoes. Everyone in the room lost it. Flashes were going off, madame beyond mascara was streaming down a few cheeks when the girls cried with joy. It was the best atmosphere. Napolean greeted every single person who came out to see him, took a photo with absolutely everyone and gave us all two kisses each. It was as if meeting us meant more to him than it did to us.
What were some of the highlights of the class?
After a glass of champagne, Napolean started his Everlasting Elegance Master class and showed us all that beauty is not something that women only experience in their youth. The class was very personal for him as he used both his wife and his mother as his models. He told us intimate stories about his family, growing up, he showed us family videos and shared how he is truly inspired by the women in his life. I thought it was really amazing that he wanted to learn the name of every person that spoke to him. I can officially say that Napolean Perdis and I are on a first name basis now.
Can you reveal any top tips that you learnt?
I feel as if I learnt a lot at this Master class; and the most important being if a woman needs to get something done – red lipstick will give her the confidence she needs 100 per cent of the time.
Did you get to take home any goodies?
As he promised, Napolean did not send us home empty handed. We each received over $100 worth of makeup products including his famous China Doll eye liner and the most incredible eye shadow which is so beautiful, on a scale of one to ten, I jump from a high five to a five hundred in a matter of seconds.
Was there anything you were disappointed with?
The only disappointment I felt after my fabulous day was that the spray painted men did not get to see me with my new favorite eye shadow on, because I guarantee, I looked like a treat. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and appreciated it greatly.
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