This TikTok Beauty Influencer Starred in Your Favorite Rom-Com26/02/2021
While scrolling endlessly through your For You page on TikTok, a familiar face that you just couldn't place may have popped up — perhaps it was the actress who played the teen version of Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30. Like many of us, the social platform has not only become a form of entertainment during the pandemic for Christa Allen but also as a creative outlet.
"Because the industry was basically shut down, especially in the beginning, we just didn't know what was going to happen," the 29-year-old actress tells Allure. "I was like, this TikTok thing has some momentum. If I do TikTok like it's my job, it's going to become my job, and it has."
Since starring in the iconic movie, Allen has made appearances on Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Wizards of Waverly Place. She also played Charlotte in the TV show Revenge. Now, Allen is sharing the beauty tips she's picked up throughout her career alongside tutorials for her favorite looks while racking up millions of likes along the way.
"Revenge was the big catalyst for my love of all things beauty," Allen says. "Because we're such a big show, beauty brands were sending us all the beauty products we could ever imagine. It led to a lot of experimentation."
One of her most recent beauty TikTok videos was of a fake eyelash application technique inspired by Lashify. Allen demonstrated how she glues Ardell's Demi Wispies underneath her lashes to make the $145 kit more affordable for her followers. This discovery came out of trial and error. "I'm super nosy about anything to do with progress and innovation," Allen shares. "If there's new technology, new developments in beauty, I'm just curious."
And lashes just happen to be her subject of interest. Allen lists off some she has recently tried: magnetic ones, water-activated ones. However, Allen has been also dabbling in faux freckle products over the past couple of months. She asks me if I've seen the Pseudo Labs PHreckles Kit before adding Freck OG is her favorite. (By this time of the interview, I start to think Allen might secretly be a beauty editor.)
Despite her love of experimentation, Allen does have staples she reaches for over and over again. She even has one in her hand as I talk to her over Zoom: Glossier's Generation G in Like. "I hold it like it's my security blanket," Allen jokes. The Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is her go-to foundation, while her arches rely on what she calls "the Rolls Royce of brows," aka the Lancôme Sourcils Styler Brow Gel.
Although most of her beauty TikToks fall into the realms of hair and makeup, Allen dabbles in skin-care tricks from time to time. But let's be real: Skin-care TikTok can be a ferocious place. Allen prefers to avoid the negativity as much as she can. "People are very cutthroat and intense about it," she laments. "Anything you say about skin care on TikTok will get hundreds of people tagging Hyram."
Or, Allen adds, people beg her to share her skin-care routine only to accuse her of not being qualified enough to tell people what to use on their skin when actuality she's just noting what she does for herself. (If you must know, though, Allen is a fan of slathering her oily skin with the Naturium Niacinamide Gel Cream 5%.)
Allen would rather share her skin-care philosophies on TikTok instead. One major message she has for her younger followers dealing with acne just as she did growing up: “No one cares [about your skin]. People care about how you make them feel. Nobody's looking at your pimple the way you are. The moment I realized that I was like, they really don't care because they're thinking about their pimple. It was so liberating."
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