Lianna Perdis’ star is on the rise: hot on the heels of walking her first ever runway late last year, she’s touched down in Sydney to walk for Christopher Esber’s MBFWA show.
We snuck in a few minutes with the budding star to chat all things beauty – suffice to say, when your father is none other than Napoleon Perdis, you’ve picked up a few amazing tips or two (you won't believe the key ingredient in her cleanser).
How are you preparing for your MBFWA debut?
I think it’s important to prepare both mentally and physically for all big events in life. Mentally, I try to enter a confident state of mind. Everyone is unique in their own way and there is no cookie-cut version of beautiful. It’s important to always remember that. Physically, I eat clean and kiss my beloved pizza goodbye for a couple weeks leading up to a show or shoot, and try to exercise daily. Whether it be a run on the treadmill to my favourite tunes or a yoga or pilates class, or even a hike with my sisters. I’m not a huge fan of exercise, but I find pilates is one of those, once you start you love workouts.
Do you get nervous before a show? How do you deal with pre-show nerves?
Absolutely! But I try to turn my nerves into excitement and gratitude and just enjoy and savor the moment.
Can you describe your daily beauty regimen?
Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with skincare, cleansing, priming and having my skin looking and feeling fresh. I begin my morning routine by cleansing with Auto Pilot Hydrating Milk Cleanser. It’s a creamy, donkey-milk based cleanser so it doesn’t strip my skin of its essential oils (which can sometimes lead to breakouts) and leaves skin feeling incredibly smooth and hydrated.
I then apply Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum all over my face (and down my neck) which gives my skin an instant wake-up. Whether I’m going to apply make-up or not, I always apply primer next. I’m really into calming primers right now which combat redness and impart a soft glow.
Will you be stepping this up in the lead up to fashion week?
I think my routine is quite complex already – however I will add in a face mask the night before and morning of the show to boost hydration. Travelling tends to suck the moisture out of your skin, so re-hydrating is essential.
What’s your secret to runway-ready skin?
As much as I cleanse, prime and hydrate, I think diet also plays a major role in great skin. I find minimising my sugar intake always helps me achieve clear, radiant skin. Also, getting a good night’s sleep is major, too.
What’s the best backstage beauty trick you’ve learnt?
Add a little highlighter to your cupid’s bow – it makes your lips appear fuller and adds a romantic glow to your upper lip.
What ‘s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done in the name of beauty?
I’m not into DIY beauty treatments as such, but I did once cover my face in honey (it was something I read in a mag about creating a glowing complexion) and ended up falling asleep with it on all night. Let’s just say when I woke up the next morning my pillowcase and hair wasn’t in the most fabulous condition – I smelt sweet though!