He’s the best friend you need when you go makeup shopping. The one that you needed when you bought that coral lipstick that Commission Girl insisted made you look great. For some of us, makeup shopping can be a nightmare – we don’t know what color to get and we try to avoid the eyes of the salespeople as we make our way through the beauty department. We aren’t sure whether we should believe if they are telling us what really suits us.
That is where Le Metier’s Dustin Lujan comes in. You have read about him (bloggers have mentioned him numerous times in their posts about LeMetier) and he has helped beauty bloggers, like myself, gain inside information about the line. Now it is time to introduce Dustin Lujan to all the readers, fans and loyalists of LeMetier de beaute. We had the pleasure of asking him some questions, as he is the go-to person while we shop at Bergdorf Goodman’s makeup department.
Dustin grew up between San Jose and Colorado, but now NYC is home (lucky us!). He was recruited in cosmetics at 15 years old (prodigy anyone?). His degree began in Fine Arts and Mixed Media, but then he went to art school with the full scholarship. He was recruited by “lip service” and from there did contestants for Miss America and Miss Teen. This was a big step in his career.
For Le Metier, he opened their store in Atlanta. Why Atlanta, some of you may be thinking? Well, he says, it was both “ethnically and culturally” diverse. He then came to NYC to be closer to the fashion world. And closer he got. Dustin has worked on models for Fashion Week (Akris and Marchesa to name a few), participates in “Fashion’s Night Out” and still has time to train and do trend shows.
With such experience, we had to ask, what should women over 40 do? “Don’t contour,” he warns. It is too severe. “Black liner is a must – it adds definition.” Some other tips he added include: no foundation powder and avoid anything neon and frosty under the brow. Speaking of brows, make sure they are neat and clean.
What are Dustin’s 3 favorite Le Metier de Beaute beauty products?
- Gloss-it’s the “gateway drug to the brand” (I personally love “vanilla rose“)
- Peau Viege SPF Anti-aging (This product alone has won many beauty awards)
- Precision Liquid Liner ( He explains how its engineered and crafted by luxury pens with Japanese pressed ink)
Top 3 favorite brushes in Le Metier de beaute
- Foundation Brush (Angle allows for contour of the face)
- Crease brush (Lays and blends and is also the right length
- Flat brush (Soft but firm)
When Dustin speaks about Le Metier, not only does he know what he is talking about, but he truly loves the line and the brand. He knows facts that others would never know or think to ask. He feels Le Metier is special (in addition, they own all their formulas).
I ask Dustin how this line differs from other makeup lines. He enthustically explains how the shadows are “quadruple milled, which is more than any other shadows on the market.” He further adds that the concept of this line is “layering and complexity without the work of other shadows.” I have seen him do makeovers on customers and I see what he means. He can take the darkest shadow and layer it on top of another medium-toned shadow and it never looks “overdone,” leaving a beautifully polished look.
Le Metier also has a high tech, complete skin care line, which is still working its way up and becoming well-known and positively accepted. I personally have a hard time being loyal to the same color and skincare line, but Le Metier has changed my mind.
Their star product in this line is their “Anti-aging Night Cream,” which Dustin explains was formulated to heal scarring. He loves this product and practically swears by it (I did a review on this as well and gave it good reviews).
“Does Le Metier have only one kind of customer?” we ask. “Not at all. The customer ranges from ages 16-95, fair skinned to dark skinned, and a busy luxury woman. This brand is not for one type of person, that is for sure.”
The information Dustin has could keep us at his counter for hours, and indeed it did. Two hours passed and we didn’t even notice! If you want an expert in the makeup industry and not just pushing products, do yourself a favor and go to Dustin. He makes beauty bloggers like myself appreciate the time, effort and enthusiasm he puts into helping us understand the wonderful world of “Le Metier de beaute.” Dustin is presently working as a lead global makeup artist for Le Metier de beaute and spends a few days a week at his original home at Bergdorf Goodman counter. If you want to know if he will be at a Le Metier de beaute counter in your city, make sure to call Bergdorf Goodman (212 872 8612) and ask for Dustin Lujan’s schedule and the city he will be in.
See some examples of Dustin’s beautiful work below:
Dustin, thank you so much for your time!