Master an abstract eye makeup look

Napoleon Perdis makeup how to

Get the lowdown from the Christopher Esber MBFWA show

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 25 2017

We get it - pastel colours and haphazard eyeshadow isn’t for everyone. This daring makeup look from Christopher Esber’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2017 show is seriously out there and takes courage to pull off when you’re not on the runway, but we were immediately drawn towards its nonchalant zeal when we spotted it backstage.

Napoleon Perdis explains further, “Christopher Esber’s collection has a strong and feminine edge to it with a nod to the ‘80s and lots of structural elements, so we’ve designed the makeup look to match the feel of the clothes. The makeup is meant to be textural, fresh and artistic; it’s like saying to a woman ‘you can do whatever you want, as long as you’re in control.’ That’s the main statement.”

Game enough to give this a go? Follow these steps to try the look at home.


Prep your skin

After applying primer, freshen up your complexion with a dewy foundation and blend it into your skin with your fingers. If you’ve got dark circles or any redness, try a creamy concealer and dab it onto problematic areas with your fingertips.


Frame your face

A set of groomed brows is essential for bringing your face to life, so groom your arches with a brow gel to tame the little hairs in place.


Add colour

Now here comes the fun part. Paint a grey-lilac eyeshadow over your eyes, and just go across your top lash line for a flash of colour when you blink, or go all out by painting right up to your crease for a bolder finish. To get this colour, mix Napoleon Perdis China Doll Gel Eyeliner in Yang with Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust in Violet Femme, and paint it on with either the Napoleon Perdis g3 or g12 makeup brush.

This year there’s a real freshness to makeup where we’re seeing lots of textural elements. It’s meant to look artistic and not precise, like you’re applying with a finger or just putting it on.
Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis


Hydrate your pout

Don’t forget about your smackers too; keep your lips looking naturally sheeny with a coat of lip balm. 

Looking for more makeup inspiration? Discover our other favourite makeup and hair looks from MBFWA 2017.

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.