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5 Minutes With Tata Harper

The skincare entrepreneur answers our questions.


This past weekend, Tata Harper hosted a technology-meets-naturals summit at the farm she shares with her husband in Cornwall, Vermont. At the event, the organic skincare entrepreneur talked about her upcoming product launches, best (and worst) beauty memories, and how she juggles it all. Read more:

What’s your 5-minute routine? I use my [Tata Harper] Regenerating Cleanser for dry skin, then I exfoliate my neck and layer my Resurfacing Mask right on top. If I’m going to a party or I’m traveling a lot and feel dehydrated, that is my thing. I love the idea of fresh skin. A lot of women deal with their skin by covering it up with a lot of makeup. I say, be heavy on the skin care side instead! Eye masks, serums, that’s what I’m into. Makeup? Not so much.

Biggest beauty blunder: When I was 18, I wanted to be a redhead, so I had my hair bleached then dyed bright red. It was the most horrible mistake I ever made. I looked horrendous, and I couldn’t get it fixed for over a month since it was so damaged.

Earliest beauty memory: My family is Latin and Latin women are all about pampering themselves, so my grandmother hosted a beauty party every Saturday. We were super close. I’d help her prepare masks and scrubs, then my relatives would come over—my aunts, my cousins, my mom—and we’d spend the whole morning doing stuff. She’d bring in a manicurist, and sometimes a hairdresser would come to do our hair. She loved bringing the family together.

Beauty pet peeve: When people don’t exfoliate, it disturbs me. When I’m in stores with customers and their skin has no glow, I’m like, “Nothing is penetrating because of all that built up dead skin!”

What is your current obsession? Deepak Chopra meditation sessions that I download on my iPhone. I’ve been doing them for a year, and I just keep downloading more, because they help so much with stress reduction, living in the present and calming down when there’s a lot going on. They’ve taught me how to disconnect a little bit and balance things better. I also listen to his audiobooks. When I’m traveling for business, everything is rushing and stressful, but at the airport, his voice will be in my headphones, and it’s made the whole experience very pleasant. My mom says, “You’re secretly in love with Deepak Chopra.”

How to Get Camera-Ready Skin

Lily Aldridge “I love using oil on my face at night; your skin is super hydrated and glowing when you wake up.”

Privacy Settings” photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine August 2015.

Meghan Collison “Use sunscreen, drink lots of water.”

Garden of Eden” photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Alex White; W Magazine February 2008.

Caroline Trentini “Glossier Phase 1 Kit in the mornings.”

Sculpture Garden” photographed by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Panos Yiapanis; W Art May 2015.

Kate Moss “Ice in the morning.”

Piece of Kate” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Olivier Rizzo; W Magazine May 2015.

Herieth Paul “Conditioner as shaving cream. It not only softens the hair making it easier to shave, it leaves legs feeling super silky and smooth.”

Giving Lip” photographed by Julia Noni, styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera; W Magazine April 2015.

Jourdan Dunn “My facialist Debbie Thomas.”

Lean Times” photographed by Alasdair McLellan, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine June 2015.

Edita Vilkeviciute “Eat healthy, drink lots of water, and clean your skin very well.”

Free Bird” photographed by Roe Ethridge, styled by Giovanna Battaglia; W Magazine June 2015.

Saskia du Brauw “Still trying to find it.”

Living Large” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine September 2012.

Chrissy Teigen “Shani Darden retinol reform, SK-II masks, and under eye pads.”

Privacy Settings” photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine August 2015.

Anna Ewers “Drink a lot of water.”

Anna Paris” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine January 2015.

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