Dustin keeps a cork board with photos and copies of pictures that inspire him. This antique doll, which he had seen in an auction, attracted his attention. He was browsing the Web for antique dolls because his sister collects them. He loved the warm, dusty hues (and no, he didn't purchase the doll). A photo of the little beauty was enough to serve as the inspiration for Antiquité Poupée.
The four shades sound droll-worthy. A few lucky gals in the Northeast have had an opportunity to play with the colors with Dustin. The rest of us are going to have to wait. That's killing me!
The shades in Antiquité Poupée are shades that Dustin says are perfect for every skin tone. Here is how he describes them.
- The Dusty Rose on the top looks similar to Champagne, but it’s not the same shade. There's almost a little grey tone to it. It's pearlized for a special glow.
- Burlap Sorrel is a dusty brown, a multi-toned brown and grey actually, that's slightly luminous.
- Tarnished Russet, the shade Dustin says "makes" the Kaleidoscope, is matte. He wanted it to be flat, but not lifeless. It's a flat rust tone that's warming. Rust embodies antiques (and the doll). You can use it with the other shades in the Kaleidoscope, or use alone by using Refresh Eye Brightening and Setting Powder and gently dusting the color on lid.
- Ember Ash at the bottom is a blue-based charcoal, with slight radiance, but no glitter or pearl to the finish.
Use Noir Precision Liquid Eyeliner and Aubergine Anamorphic Lash Mascara. The est blush would be Rumor Radiance Powder Rouge. Rumor may surprise you. It can be worn on light or deep skins. Give it a try! Dustin also recommends Bali Color Core Moisture Stain Lipstick, a berry tone, applied with your finger as a stain. Then finish the look with a sheer, clear Brilliant Lip Gloss to add a candy look. Use the gloss as a lipstick sealant and a treatment. When you finish, you'll have a look reminiscent of an antique doll.
Because the antique doll is a keepsake, Dustin wanted his new Kaleidoscope to be a keepsake too. It's packaged in a gold box with an Aspen leaf, electroplated with 24K gold, sterling silver, or bronze. The leaf is protected by a velvet pouch. Remove the ribbon (or not) and wear it on a chain or pearls.
Dustin Lujan has an art background. No wonder he has such a keen eye for color! He majored in art in college (with a minor in science, explaining his ingredient expertise), after receiving a scholarship. He told me he "fell into the beauty industry" when he was recruited to work for a forward fashion house doing face and body painting. Later, he worked with Miss America and Miss Teen America clients before he surrendered his career entirely to beauty. Even though he still paints, you'll find him representing Le Métier de Beauté "during work hours."
If you want to secure an Antiquité Poupée Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, call Dustin at the Le Métier de Beauté counter at Bergdorf Goodman at (212) 872-8612. Don't waste any time.
As soon as I can get my hands on the Antiquité Poupée Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, I'll show you swatches. Anything that Dustin creates becomes a treasure to me. I'm sure Antiquité Poupée will be no different.
Update 11/14: the Bergdorf Goodman team sent me a swatch photo today, swatching top to bottom in the palette. The photo appears to have been taken indoors.
Update 11/15: Seventy have been reserved. If you want one, don't let any grass grow under your feet!
Photos courtesy of Dustin Lujan and Le Métier de Beauté