A guru of cosmetics
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A guru of cosmetics

Napoleon Perdis is a makeup artist and businessman. He has created products beloved by millions and is a regular at the backstage at fashion weeks around the world. The Australian newspaper «The Weekend Australian» described him as the «Guru of Cosmetics». Napoleon Perdis, started on his own, poor but he managed to establish an empire stretching around the world. Dozens of cosmetics stores under the name Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, are currently operating in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Latin America, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. According to the financial magazine «BRW» he  is in the 22nd position in the list of the 100 richest Australians under 40 years with personal property of  $85,000,000.

Napoleon Perdis was born on 19 March, 1970. His parents were immigrants from Greece and they moved to Sydney’s western suburbs. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University.

He does not hide his ambition to become a billionaire. As he says, his father had been asking him, to study. «My father was telling me every day to become a doctor or a lawyer. He wanted me to pursue a “respectable” profession «I did not listen to him, but I do not regret it …. I live my dream and is beautiful and exciting» he claims.

He started working as a make-up artist for brides on weekends and in 1992 opened his own make-up studio in a small shop in Ultimo, New South Wales. A year later, he won a make-up competition at a beauty expo with a look that was inspired by Cher.

By 2011, Napoleon Perdis operated 65 stores across Australia and New Zealand and sold its cosmetics from 4.500 locations. In 2005, he expanded his company to the United States and made his company a global name.  Today, under the name “Napoleon Perdis”, there are 85 concept stores, over 100 departments store counters and over 750 independent stockists, operating in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Latin America, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He works with the cosmetic giant Sephora and managed to sponsor Emmy Awards by replacing Lancome.

In 1993, Napoleon Perdis set up “The Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy” which provides makeup education by professional trainers for people who want to pursue a career in makeup industry. In 2008, Napoleon Perdis starred in his own reality television show “Get Your Face On” on cable’s TLC channel.