Clarins’ VP of public relations and brand development talks skin care.
This fall, Clarins cuts the ribbon on revamped counter spaces at Macy’s (111 N. State) and Nordstrom Michigan Avenue (55 E. Grand), unveiling upgrades like digital visual displays and — at Nordstrom— a renovated Skin Spa for in-store treatments, plus a new Super Restorative Facial made from Madagascar’s native Harungana plant. We spoke with the cosmetic brand’s VP of Public Relations and Brand Development Melissa Barrett — in town for the Nordstrom Trend Show last month — and got the skin care skinny.
“It’s New York Fashion Week right now, so I’m checking out a couple emerging designers at Milk Studios, then editing a video with Robin Black called ‘Beautiful Skin at Every Age,’ then having a staff meeting. [On a given day] we might be going on a shoot for Vogue or editing blog content or coming up with retail presentations. … I have four pairs of shoes in my office — I might need stilettos one minute, then have to run four blocks to get bubble wrap to send something off to Paris, so I put on flats.”
Skin care essentials
“Since I started working [at Clarins] I’ve become kind of a product junkie, which I wasn’t before. But I’ve always been about basic hydration — less is more when it comes to makeup for me. I have three things I carry in my bag everywhere, and I have mini versions for my smaller, black-tie evening bags: Double Serum [$85 for 1-ounce bottle], Super Restorative Day Cream with SPF 20 ($82) because I always have to wear SPF, and Total Eye Concentrate ($83). If I was stranded on an island, that’s what I would bring with me.”
In my free time
“I love traveling — I just took my kids to Rome — and I love going to art museums [and] art fairs. I’m learning how to play guitar. Just because I’m middle-aged, it’s never too late to start doing something you’ve always wanted to do. And I never take no for an answer. The more you do and the more you learn, the more fulfilling your life can be — at any age.”
To book an appointment, call the Clarins counter, (312) 464-1515.