Sunday, March 13, 2011

Adventures in Eye Color with Dustin Lujan from Le Métier de Beauté

Dustin Lujan is a color genius. Naturally, he knows his Le Métier de Beauté line and the nuances of the colors. The unexpected ways he uses colors - and his hands and eyes - take him into genius territory.

Yesterday, at Nordstrom at Pentagon City, I was privileged to sit in his chair for about an hour. During that time, we talked up a storm, but Dustin also did much of my makeup. Today, I'll tell you about the eye shadows he selected for me. Because I trust him completely (rare for me), I let him choose whatever he wanted - even though I cringed when he picked up the orange shadow, and I was skeptical when he picked up the plum one. I was in his hands and ready to learn. Whatever doubts I had about his color choices evaporated as I watched the finished product (me) come together.

You can see our totally un-retouched photo here. A gal working at the store took it for us. Funny thing is that Dustin told me he always wanted to be tall. All he needs to do is hang out with me for awhile, and he'll feel plenty tall. I laughed when I saw this photo. I've literally lost two inches in the last few years, and I know it wasn't completely from having no cartilage in my knees. That disk out of my back may be a factor. Anyhow, I digress.

Dustin uses an eye shadow technique called Couches de Couleur, a signature layering application that creates a unique prismatic effect. The first shade he uses is intended to brighten the lid. The second shade should add warmth. The third shade is the color focus for the lid - it should show. The fourth shade adds depth. For my four layers, he selected four True Color Eyeshadows ($30): Angel, Innocence, Plum, and Sequoia, shown left to right below.

Angel is an icy pink, and swept over my lid, it did brighten it. Innocence looks anything but. I nearly died when Dustin reached for what appeared to me to be an orange eye shadow. But trusting completely, I said little. Once applied with a light hand, Innocence brought out the warmest tone in my skin and blended into me remarkably. Plum is a blue plum, and while I might not have selected it, it created a very pretty smoky eye for spring. That's the trend right now: the colored smoky eye. I had to admit, things were looking pretty good at that point (with a little Champagne pencil for contour). Then, Dustin reached for Sequoia and applied it near the lash line and started blending the color up and out. He finished up with Refresh, an eye brightening neutral color under my brow bone and over my concealer (I think he used it under my eyes). I'll tell you about Refresh later.

Here's a swatch photo of the four shades that Dustin used for my Couches de Couleur application. I applied them heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator for the photo, which was taken outdoors in sunlight. From top to bottom, and in the order of the technique, are Angel, Innocence, Plum, and Sequoia. Layered and blended, they produced a lightly plum-tinted, subtle smoky eye. Dustin combined all four colors on the edge of a flat-topped brush and lightly applied them as a liner under my lower lashes. After the shadows, Dustin finished his handiwork on my eyes with liquid eyeliner and mascara. More on them later.

I'll tell you about the lip colors he selected for me tomorrow. You already know that I was awestruck by the three new Crème Fresh Tints for Lips and Cheeks. I had a blast yesterday!

You can purchase Le Métier de Beauté at Bergdorf Goodman (where you can usually find Dustin), Neiman Marcus, and some Nordstrom stores.

Photos by BTiB


Lucy said...

Just lovely! The layering technique is so interesting to me. Can't wait for your next post.

Charlestongirl said...

Thanks, Lucy! I need to go outside in the sun and get some photos - pronto. :)

Eileen said...

Wow! What a fox! Did you ever think In your sixties you'd be a hottie? ;-) Seriously, Charlestongirl, you look so elegant and beautiful. The look Dustin created for you really brings out your eyes. One of the fun things about putting yourself in the hands of an exceptionally talented artist like Dustin is that he can take you out of your comfort zone and show you all the beautiful options that are awaiting your discovery. For the sheer fun and creative potential, there's very little that can compare with LMdB.

Charlestongirl said...

Eileen, you are very kind! Thank you. Instead, what I see is an aging woman, who looked pretty good for the afternoon, thanks to Dustin. :)

He did make my eyes the centerpiece of my face. Lots of compliments from the other makeup artists I knew before I left the store.

Klara said...

You both look gorgeous! I wish I had the opportunity for a little makeover at the LMdB counter. I have been playing with my Splendid Frost Kaleidoscope and I love the unusual colour combinations! x Klara

Charlestongirl said...

Thanks, Klara. Dustin gets credit for both of us. :)

If you ever get the chance to work with Dustin at a store, take it! Or go see him in NY. He's a master.

Unknown said...

I'm surprised I didn't see you! I was there most of hte afternoon looking at all the brands with a friend who is a makeup newbie. It was fun hunting for products that work for her. Dustin gave her a beautiful makeover and I bought a few shadows myself. It would be wonderful to actually meet you one of these days!

Charlestongirl said...

Oh my, I'm bummed, Ava! My appointment was at 1:30, and I was there until about 2:45. Then, I cut out - didn't love the crowds. :) I couldn't get close to the one other superstar I wanted to say hello to.