Napoleon Perdis: Secrets of a "Jersey Shore" MakeUNDER

The cast of The Jersey Shore

The cast of The Jersey Shore

Millions of Americans have fallen in love with the guilty pleasure that is MTV’s Jersey Shore, with the antics of this self-proclaimed gang of "guidos" and "guidettes." The boys spend absurd amounts of time in front of a mirror, while the girls are rarely seen without lashings of makeup. While I applaud their grooming efforts—these kids really care about their appearance!—I have to wonder about their beauty judgment. If I could say one thing to Snooki, JWOWW and Sammi, it is: Take it down a notch. Less really is more, especially at the beach.

Though I live in LA, Sydney is my hometown, where outdoorsy beauty is never forced. Light bronzer, mascara and natural-looking gloss are all it takes to perfect the beach babe look. Excessive foundation, black eye liner and shadow can look like a mask in any season, but especially when humid conditions make them prone to smudging and running. For this reason I ensured that my Long Black Mascara is smudge-proof. If you’re going to opt for color on the lids, try an ebullient shade like turquoise or copper.

For adding color to the cheeks, skip the powder bronzer. It can look dull and muddy if not properly blended.  Instead try a bronzing stick with your foundation to create a sun-kissed effect. Or, for a winsome flushed look, try my Barely Blushing in Barley Rouge. This gel blush can be worn on cheeks and lips and will last has more staying power than powder.  You don’t need to wait until summer to experiment with these hot season tips on your clients. They’re a shore thing any month.

napoleonperdisIn 1995, celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Perdis debuted his line of cosmetics and launched his first concept store and Makeup Academy in Sydney. Today, Napoleon Perdis has 59 stand-alone concept  stores and more than 800 point-of-sale locations across Australia and New Zealand. In the U.S., the brand has three Napoleon Perdis stores and is sold in select independent retailers. Celebrity fans of the brand include Jessica Szohr, Lady Gaga, Becki Newton, Debra Messing, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Shenae Grimes, Whitney Port, Adrienne Bailon and more.