Napoleon is actually an Australian found cosmetic brand by Napoleon Perdis who launched their first concept store in Sydney in 1995.
The national makeup artist who was trained under Napoleon Perdis himself was there along with the state manager. My lecturer Gaby who was with Napoleon for a long time before she became a lecturer was also there to do a makeup demonstration along with the national makeup artist.
They demonstrated a full face makeup with two different smokey eye looks while the state manager was explaining all the products they were using during the demonstration.
I found the session really helpful because the steps for a full face makeup that was taught by Napoleon are quite different to what I was taught at the academy.
For example, most makeup artists are taught to do do base first - foundation and concealer before proceeding with the eye makeup. However I was taught to do eye makeup first before base because if you get any fallout from the eyeshadow onto the face then your foundation will turn grey and by putting on base after eye makeup you will get a cleaner finish. Then other makeup artists (The "cocky" national makeup artists of Laura Mercier) would argue - if you are good at applying eye shadow then you won't get any fallout.
It really comes down to what you feel is the most comfortable way to do the steps. I personally prefer to put base first because I like a flawless canvas to work on. It's a drawing on a clean piece of paper/canvas rather than drawing on a dirty paper/canvas then erasing out the background after you finish drawing if that makes sense. But then when I do get fall out it's really frustrating because you have to remove the foundation and reapply >.<
Ok enough of the blabbing, here are some snaps from the night.
Complementary finger food and champagne ^__^
All the Napoleon goodies~
On the left hand side is the National makeup artist, middle is the state manager (I think she's sooo gorgeous) and my lecturer Gaby on the right
Applying the base
Doing the eyes
Finished result - Smokey eye in black
I don't know if you can see from the photo but Gaby blended a bit of fuscha with the black and it looks really good
Smokey eyes in brown
Love the fact that she mixed a lot of colours into the smokey eye, I especially like the blend of the gold eyeshadow
Playing with the products after the demonstration and making purchases
I didn't end up getting anything because the line was too long and since I was a student at the academy I was entitled to the same discounts anyway even if I went in to make my purchase another time.
I am not affiliated or paid by Napoleon at all to talk about their products but here are just some products that caught my attention on that night that I'd like to share with you guys. All the following photos and information are extract from the official Napoleon website.
Loose Eye Dusts
What I love about this product
- New packaging! Napoleon recently changed the packaging for their loose dust so that only a small amount comes out of a little hole each time so in the unfortunately accident that you drop the pot you don't lose half or all of the product! I think it's a really smart and thoughtful idea!
- The colour range is gorgeous and it's really pigmented! I have my eyes set on golden peach, honey child and emerald city. The colour charts on the official Napoleon website don't do its justice at all!! You have to go try the colours in person with this product. When I get my hands on this product I will definitely do swatches and reviews!
- Versatile product. You can use it on your eyes and cheeks and even body. Furthermore, if you mix this product with the Cake eyeliner sealer, you can use this as an eyeliner.
China Doll Gel Eyeliners
Marshmallow Foaming Makeup Remover
Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation
Napoleon's newest foundation. I tried some on the back of my hand and it feels very sheer and smooth and seems to have a good coverage.
I'm not a huge fan of Napoleon products because I don't find their packaging very attractive and that goes for MAC as well >.< I know it's bad to judge products by their packaging but I like to own cute and pretty things. Maybe that's another reason I'm so crazy about Japanese products because they pay so much attention to detail on packaging. But I'm definitely going to get my hands on some loose dusts because the colours are so gorgeous and pigmented.
Hope you found this post helpful!
I have a lot of posts planned so please look forward to them ^__^:
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