Napoleon Perdis ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclass

Want to know the difference between your highlighter from your illuminator? Australia’s makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis is running his very first set of exclusive ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclasses at MYER this weekend. Napoleon will be accompanied by the next generation of his empire which includes his wife Soula-Marie and daughters Lianna, Athina, Alexi, and Angelene.

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SHESAID was lucky enough to chat with Napoleon Perdis about his favourite products from the collection, his ultimate makeup faux-pas and the skills guests would learn from the masterclass.

What type of skills will guests have the opportunity to learn at the masterclass? 

My customers will learn a full everyday makeup routine, plus two trending colour stories. I’ll take my guests through cleansing, priming, brows, reflective contouring and base, plus an easy every day eye, a smoky eye, blush and a bold lip.

How important is it to possess some basic makeup skills? 

For a woman in control, it’s a must. From a tinted moisturiser, brow and gloss to a full routine, makeup will allow you to look polished and perfected however you choose to take on the day.

Do you have any favourite makeup looks at the moment? 

I’m loving a natural contour (no more chocolate bar contours!), a strong blush to awaken the complexion and nude in all its extremes.  Nude doesn’t have to mean naked, it’s just all about neutral tones.

Could you name the number one product from Napoleon Perdis which every girl should have in her kit? 

Remember, ‘Not to Prime is a Crime!’ My Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer makes your foundation last longer, look smoother and help you to achieve that fresh foundation finish.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $59.90
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, $59.90

What are some makeup mistakes you see other women make? 

Mask-like foundation! Your foundation should accentuate your complexion, not hide it. Blocky brows are another mistake I see so often – it doesn’t flatter the face or create a natural finish. Instead keep the perimeter of the brow soft and natural for a more modern, feminine finish.

Are there any ways to take your makeup look from day to night? 

So many ways! First touch up your base, brows and mascara. From here, sweep a warm, medium shade shadow or contour colour through the socket of the eye and lower lash line and press a neutral metallic shadow onto the centre of the lid. If your eye requires more definition, run a black liner along the upper and lower water lines and gently squint your eyes together to blend. Next, touch up your blush and highlighter and finish with a lipstick or gloss to suit your colour story. It’s all about adding a little more intensity to your look.

What is your favourite part about running the masterclass with Myer?

This is my first workshop with MYER, so I’m excited to meet my customers and discover more about her. I’m also excited that my family will be joining me and I want my consumer to feel a part of it all. It’s the next generation of Napoleon Perdis and I can’t wait!

To secure your position at the ‘Next Gen’ Makeup Masterclass, purchase the tickets online at MYER or at the counter on the day. Tickets are $149 and redeemable on Napoleon Perdis products on the day.


Date: Friday, 7th August

Location: MYER Melbourne City

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Date: Saturday 8th August

Location: MYER Liverpoool

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

This weeks’ Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick attracted a fun and fashion-forward crowd. Playing host to the NSW State Final of Myer Fashions on the Field, punters were dressed to impress in lots of bold hues and modern, body-con silhouettes.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

(Dresses pictured above by Mackenzie Mode)

Vogue’s Edwina McCann confirmed from the judging panel that this season, racing is “all about colour!”

Having fun with the trend, Zanita Whittington of Fashion Bloggers (left) wore multi-coloured floral ears by Nerida Winter.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Fashion Bloggers co-star Sara Donaldson (right) of who wore a delicate lace fascinator with her Dion Lee dress offered another style tip, “Pick a hemline that is to the knee or just below. This will give you elegance – something that sadly is missing from race days in recent times,” she said.

The Winners of the Fashions on the Field final had all noticeably taken this on board, mixing up conservative lengths with fresh colour blocking and geometric detailing.

The well deserved winners who will share in a prize pool worth $100,000 are:

Myer Fashions on the Field winner Shavnna Dennett

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

First Runner Up Melissa Hann (pictured here with her Designer Johnny Schembri of By Johnny).

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Second Runner Up Djanna Malnersic

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

And Millinery Award Winner Sally Morris.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

I can’t wait to check out the competition when the National Best Dressed Winner is announced on Oaks Day!

With a background in publishing, Allison Voight has written for numerous local and international fashion magazines. She also has her own style blog, StylistaSister. She is Creative Director at Voight Photography and Design, which she co-owns with her photographer husband. Their work has appeared in publications including Vogue Australia, Cielo, Elle, En Vie and Fashion TV. Catch her on Instagram at @stylistasister

End Of An Era: Sass and Bide Founders Leave The Label

The time has come… Owners Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton depart the fashion label Sass and Bide they founded in 1999. The two began their global empire as a stall at London’s Portobllo Road Market selling denim products. Since that time it has sky rocketed to a well-known household name, presenting collections firstly at Australian Fashion Week in 2001 and then renowned London Fashion Week in 2002. The progression did not stop there, with the label being individually asked to show in New York the next year and the eight seasons following.

Now, 15 years since its launch, after selling 65 per cent of the shares to Myer for $42.25 million, they have decided to leave the brand in the department stores hands in order to venture off on new individual adventures. There has been an obvious shift in position titles, with newly appointed design director as Anthony Cuthertson, with experience from high-end labels including Mulberry, Victoria Beckham and MaxMara, and the place of art director has been given to Bonnie O’Hare.

With Myer taking over operations at Sass and Bide they released a statement to Vogue:

“Heidi and Sarah-Jane’s departure from Sass & Bide has been in planning for some time as they have been transitioning out of the business. Myer wishes Heidi and Sarah-Jane well, they go with our great good wishes, and we expect they will be associated with Sass & Bide for a long time.” 

In an interview, Heidi and Sarah-Jane explain after a decade and a half its time for them to move on, the joint decision came at a time when the brand is in a good place, flourishing and ever growing. The newly selected CEO is an experienced leader in luxury labels, and myself along with others lovers of Sass and Bide are sad to see the two women leave but excited for what is to come.

By Amy Miller

Get The Look: Summer Makeup At David Jones

shu uemura International Artistic Director Kakuyasu Uchiide created this sunny, summery makeup for the David Jones Spring/Summer 2013/2014 launch to compliment the season’s catwalk style, focusing on glossy lips and long lashes. Here’s how to get the look:


1. Using your fingers, gently massage shu uemura Instant Glow Stage Performer all over the face.

2. Using shu uemura Brush 18, apply shu uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation and conceal under the eyes and any imperfections if necessary.

3. Using shu uemura Natural Brush 20h, apply shu uemura Glow On P540 Soft Orange to the contour of your the cheek


1. Using shu uemura Kolinsky Sable Brush 10, press shu uemura Pressed Eye Shadow Soft Gold ME335 eye shadow all over the lids, fill the upper lash line with shu uemura Painting Liner in Black and draw along the lower rim with shu uemura Drawing Pencil in ME Pink.

2. Gently remove shu uemura Slant Black False Eyelashes from the platform, apply a few drops of the shu uemura Eyelash Adhesive to the base of the false lashes. Apply the false lashes along your lash line, wait for 5-6 seconds for the adhesive to dry.

3. Apply a thin layer of shu uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara in Black.


1. Apply shu uemura Gloss Unlimited BR10S on the lips.

Would you try this summer makeup look?

Get The Look: Australian-Inspired Makeup For Myer S/S14

The makeup at the Myer Spring/Summer 2014 launch paid homage to the Australian outback. Yves Saint Laurent Makeup Ambassador Natasha Severino created a stunning look with sculpted sun-kissed skin with playful flashes of pink and orange inspired by the rusty, sunburnt tones of the outback – perfect for spring and summer.

1. Ensure the face is prepped using the Clarisonic Cleanser, then massaged with YSL Forever Youth Liberator Cream

2. Prime the face with YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat Foundation matched to the chest and forearm, applied with brush and massaged into the skin

3. Use YSL Anti-Cernes Concealer broken down with a drop of oil and polish over areas of redness, sides of nose, chin and forehead

4. Use YSL Touché Éclat Highlighter under eyes. A lighter shade of Touché Éclat is then used to highlight the cheek bones, bridge of nose and chin

5. For contouring and bronzing, YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder # 20 is used under cheekbones and over temples to contour, blending from eyelid onto temple

6. YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder #1 is used as a slight blush on cheekbone, a mixture of #1 and #20 applied to chin and around hairline to add warmth and # 20 shaded over brow

7. YSL Pure Cromatics #8 golden shade applied as highlight over cheekbone, eye lid, temple bone and chin, the lightest tone used to highlight the inner corner of the eye

1. YSL Blush Radiance #6 applied at outer corner of eye, softly blended , finished off with a coat of YSL Baby Doll Mascara

2. Brows brushed up and strengthened with YSL Eyebrow Pencils

1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain #21 is used all over the lips and then blotted with a tissue

Photo: Lucas Dawson

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