One of the most fun events we attended recently was the Neiman Marcus Westchester master class led by Tata Harper, the Colombian-born skincare expert, whose eponymous line – new to NMW – is created on her 1,200-acre Vermont farm from natural ingredients sourced all over the world.
Part of Level 3 was transformed into “Tata’s Garden” – a delightful green and yellow space filled with daisies, finger bowls and green jewelry boxes containing face cloths, sponges, Q-tips and every tool needed to help you cleanse and moisturize your skin. As Harper – clad in a country chic gingham pantsuit – introduced her products and put workshop participants through their paces, the guests snacked on healthy hors d’oeuvres (smoked salmon on cucumber slices, goat cheese on endive leaves), washed down with iced tea and lemonade. It was in keeping with the all-natural theme: “Your lifestyle needs to encourage your well-being,” she said.
She also shared some tips we’re happy to pass along:
- Serums should be used day and night.
- Masks are to be layered – a new trend that echoes the layering of toner, serum, moisture cream and sunscreen after cleansing the skin.
- Products are applied top to bottom – forehead to chest.
- Eye cream is applied with gentle pressure from the inner corner of the eye to the outer – on both the lid and under the eye. (And the cream can be used on the lips as well.)
Harper – a vibrant blonde who wears little makeup – glows inside and out. The participants we saw did, too.
The proof, however, was in the purchase: Patrons walked away from the Tata Harper counter on Level One of the store with bags of the products.