Skin-Saving Tips from Tata Harper

The skincare guru counts Kate Middleton, Olivia Wilde and Gwyneth Paltrow among her famous fans. Here, she shares her natural-beauty secrets and everyday must-haves.


09_601_TATA_115_editRCWhat is the most common mistake people make when shopping for natural and organic skincare?

It’s easy to be a victim of “greenwashing.” People often see “natural” on the label and don’t check the ingredients. There’s no regulation of “natural,” so you can end up with a product that has one natural ingredient and lots of synthetics. It’s important to take the time and educate yourself to ensure that what you’re buying is truly 100 percent natural and nontoxic.

What is one product you simply could not live without?

The Elixir Vitae Serum. It’s our most powerful anti-aging treatment, and boosts the look of plumpness and volume while smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with our most advanced age-defying technology.

Which products should Canadian women stock up on to save their skin during the cold winter months?

Hydration is especially important in the wintertime. I always use the Moisturizing Mask during harsh Vermont winters for deep hydration, and a plump, dewy look.

What are the key products every woman should have in her beauty arsenal?

The Regenerating Cleanser for daily exfoliation, the Resurfacing Mask for glow, and the Elixir Vitae and Elixir Vitae Eye Serum for powerful targeted volumizing and wrinkle minimizing.

What are your go-to makeup products?

I don’t tend to wear a lot of makeup, I just like a little bit of colour for polish and a no-makeup makeup look. I like to use the Illuminating Moisturizer and Illuminating Eye Creme for extra radiance, then I apply some Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint — I like Very Popular on my cheeks, and for a special occasion I’ll use Very Naughty on my lips. For every day, I wear Be Adored. I always have it with me!

What inspired the creation of your new Illuminating Moisturizer and Eye Crème?

Nothing looks better than healthy, glowing skin. I wanted to create products that would amplify the skin’s natural radiance – and what better way than with diamond dust! They give very subtle coverage for a luminous, no-makeup makeup look, with real skin benefits.

Switching over to fashion, what are a few of your favourite brands?

I love Isabel Marant, Aquazzura for shoes, Tome, Helmut Lang, the Brock Collection and Johanna Ortiz.

Favourite item in your closet right now?

I have a military jacket from Altuzarra coat. I love it because it’s such a comfy, cozy jacket that you can layer and wear through fall and winter, and it goes with everything. It’s really multi-dimensional in a way — it can be dressed up for an event or down for day. I’m also loving a pair of gold pants I got from Talbot Runhof. They have a long wide leg and are a little bit sheer. They’re super comfortable, and I can also dress them up or down for day or night.

What are five things that always make you happy?

Taking a bath with my kids, dancing, meditating, exercising, and having a good chat with an old friend.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I have a real sweet tooth, and I love eating chocolate and ice cream. Vanilla chocolate chip ice cream is my biggest guilty pleasure.

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