Napoleon Perdis returned to where it all began yesterday — Parramatta.
It was there that he picked up his first makeup brush at just 13 years of age.
“I went to school here and my parents live here, so I love coming back to the place where my love for make-up started,” the world-renowned beauty guru told the Sun during a visit to his Parramatta kiosk in Westfield.
He was there to introduce himself to surprised customers.
Today, he calls Hollywood home but Mr Perdis has fond memories of growing up in Parramatta.
“On the way here, I made the whole team stop at Parramatta Park so I could lean over the bridge and look at the river like I did as a schoolboy,” he said.
Mr Perdis wasn’t the only person looking forward to travelling to Parramatta.
Salon owner Gabriella Mavroucas travelled two hours from Maitland for the chance to meet her idol.
“When I heard he would be in, I had to come because I am so proud to stock his products in my salon,” Mrs Mavroucas said.
While here Mr Perdis also visited his Parramatta Make-up Academy, one of seven campuses in Australia.
“He is so friendly and down to earth and it is a pleasure to have him in the store,” said Lena Mekhaeel, who has worked at the Napoleon kiosk in Parramatta for four years.
Last month she was invited to a dinner with Mr Perdis, along with some of Australia’s top performing make-up artists.
“I was so excited to see him again today,” she said.
Napoleon Perdis is currently launching its new summer range of bright creamy lipsticks and nude palettes.