Australian make-up artist Napoleon Perdis has his own schools, his own cosmetics line, and now, his own reality show: Get Your Face On.
The program, filmed at Perdis’ flagship L.A. store, follows 12 make-up
artists as they vie to become his protégé. The one-hour, 10-episode
show debuted Dec. 8 on the TLC network and is airing every weekday
morning through Dec. 19. We asked Perdis to tell us more:
Make-Up Artist: How did you come up with this show? Napoleon
Perdis: I actually had the idea for the last 10 years in Australia, but
it worked out in the U.S. It was about looking for a protégé to help
communicate my beauty mantra to the U.S.
Make-Up Artist: And what is that? Napoleon
Perdis: That women should be in control and empowered. That when
they’re around make-up, they should feel like a kid in a candy store.
That make-up is there to serve them.
Make-Up Artist: What do you hope to accomplish with the show? Napoleon
Perdis: I want to find a protégé. We also want to address the ability
of women to feel free with make-up, no matter what their situations.
[In the show] we go to the beach and work with a 60-year-old woman, we
do a bride, we deal with cancer patients—make-up empowers them and lets
them appear to their families in a new light. We deal with runway and
fashion. The contestants do a major task, then a smaller task, then go
on to the next level. Every day, people put make-up on. Make-up is a
part of life. This show demystifies make-up, makes it accessible.
Make-Up Artist: How were finalists chosen? Napoleon
Perdis: TLC and myself cast for that in all sorts of media. We looked
for personality, love of other people, and people who were make-up
Make-Up Artist: What do you look for in a protégé? Napoleon
Perdis: The protégé isn’t just a fancy make-up artist: it’s someone who
knows business, someone who can deal with people, and someone who gets
people when they’re sitting in the chair. In the end, the strongest
Make-Up Artist: What should they do to win? What shouldn’t they do? Napoleon
Perdis: One big no-no is to feel like you’re the star: you’re not.
You’re there to provide a service. Also, I can’t stand unhygienic
people. And I’m not interested in people who are just there to win—I
want someone real.
Make-Up Artist: What does your protégé win? Napoleon
Perdis: The protégé will do personal appearances, photo shoots, product
development, traveling, everything I do. They will be very, very busy.
Make-Up Artist: If this first season succeeds, will you do a second season? Napoleon Perdis: I didn’t start off to become a television celebrity, but if it works out, well, why not?
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.