CLEO SWIM 2013Beauty How-To

The annual CLEO Swimsuit party has been the official launch of summer in Sydney for a good decade or so. The guest list reads like a roll call of hot, young, trendy Sydney-siders who this year flocked to The Bucket List at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach to check out the swimsuit parade. The place was filled with the who’s who of the Sydney social scene – Nikki Phillips, Kate Peck, Laura Dundovic, Luke Jacobz, Rochelle Fox and Laura Enever to name a few. How I managed to end up on the invite list baffles me but nevertheless I was excited to get down there because Napoleon Perdis were in-charge of creating the beauty looks for the models.

The models (including Australia’s Next Top Model 2013 runner-ups Shanali and Duckie) donned the new swimsuit collection from Billabong, which happened to be some of the cutest (and smallest) pieces of fabric I have ever seen, but it was the casual radiance the models exhibited that had me interested. Their hot summer tans were courtesy of Le Tan so it was great to see that a good tan doesn’t have to come from the sun. But their makeup stood out to me because it was hard to tell they were actually wearing makeup, they just looked naturally flawless, happy and glowing – and isn’t that how we all want to look during summer?

I grabbed makeup artist in charge, Anna Papadopoulos, to give us the step-by-step for recreating this look.

Summer Beauty Makeup Tutorial

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Face Chart for CLEO Swim Party 2013

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Face Chart for CLEO Swim Party 2013 

Prep – For hydrated skin, massage 2 pumps of Auto Pilot Complex Skin Renewal Serum to the entire face and neck area. Prime skin with Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer. Prep under eye area using Auto Pilot Concealer Primer.

Base – For a fresh, no makeup look apply Off Duty Tinted Moisturiser to the feature focus area of the face, and blend out. Cater to any areas of concern using Mighty Concealer Pen. Set hot spots with Camera Finish Powder Foundation. Add your first coat of Magnif-Eyes Mascara.

Couture Contour – Sculpt the face using the Couture Contour Duo. Shade along the jaw line, under the cheekbones, through the socket of the eye and on to the temples. Then, highlight the top of the cheekbones, centre of the forehead, bridge of the nose and centre of the chin.

Eyes –  Line the water line with Eye Pencil White On. Add a highlight to the centre of the mobile lid with Light Patrol Luminizer Palette Gold. Finish with two coats of Magnif-Eyes Mascara.

Brows – Comb brows and define with Eye Pencil Pale Rider or Chocoholic.

Cheeks – Add colour to the face by applying Mosaic Flushing to the apples of the cheeks.

Lips – Coat lips with DeVine Goddess SMP and line lips last for longevity with Lip Pencil Nude Awakening.

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Look for CLEO Swim Party 2013

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Look for CLEO Swim Party 2013

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Look for CLEO Swim Party 2013

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Look for CLEO Swim Party 2013

Stockist Details

Australia – Napoleon Perdis online and concept stores, RY, David Jones and selected pharmacies.

USA – ULTABergdorf Goodman, Beauty.comDermstore, Skin Care Rx, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

UK – Unavailable at time of publishing. Search eBay or Amazon for sellers.

What do you think of this look? How do you like to wear makeup in summer? Let me know by commenting below!


Napoleon Perdis’ own claim is that they do not test on animals, however they do not appear on any official cruelty-free list. Their policy is not published on their website.

Animal ingredients are used in their products.

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