A $17 cleanser and a Tom Ford lipstick: Everything TikTok star Charli D'Amelio puts on her face.

What I Put On My Face is Mamamia’s series that takes you inside the beauty cabinets of some of Australia’s most influential people. From what skincare products they use to their go-to makeup tips, it’s a pervy look at exactly what they put on their face. And body. And hair. You get the idea.

This week, we speak to Charli D'Amelio about the skincare products she reaches for and the lip products she can't live without. Enjoy!

You know that feeling where you're the most followed person on TikTok? Neither. But Charli D'Amelio does. 

The 19-year-old social media personality is TikTok royalty. In case you need a little refresher, though — she's responsible for those viral dance videos on TikTok and started her career by sharing her choreography and routines on the platform. She's now one of the most-followed creators in the world.

No big deal.

Since then, she's danced with Jennifer Lopez at the Superbowl, and now stars in the Hulu docuseries The D'Amelio Show, alongside her family.

She's also recently partnered up with cult skincare brand CeraVe to promote their new Blemish Control range — which features CeraVe Blemish Control Cleanser ($23.99), CeraVe Blemish Control Gel ($25.99) and CeraVe Blemish Control Resurfacing Retinol Serum ($41.99).

And guess what? I just happened to be slinking around New York City recently and had the absolute dingin' pleasure of meeting the lovely Charli D'Amelio (!) and chatting with all about her acne journey and beauty routine.


So, here's what happened when Mamamia had 15 minutes to chat with Charli D'Amelio.

Charli D'Amelio's skincare journey.

If you're someone who has struggled with acne, you'll know just how frustrating and fickle it can be — especially when you feel like you've tried it all and nothing is... working. For Charli, it's something she's tried to manage for years.

"I first went to a dermatologist when I was probably like 11 or so," she told Mamamia. "I've always just had little under-the-skin bumps — I tried all different kinds of creams and I felt like I could never get rid of them."

"Years go by, and I was about 16 or so I think when I really started to develop cystic acne and I was wearing a lot of makeup every day, travelling a lot and definitely not taking care of myself as much as I probably should have. And you know, it opens up a whole rabbit hole of trying to figure out what was best for my skin, going back to the dermatologist, getting facials and trying to do all the things, before finally coming out the other side."

"It was very hard at times to go out and do anything or see anyone or be around people who have perfect skin. I'd go on red carpets and feel like I was trying to hide. It's a really unfortunate thing that happened but that's why we're here talking about it."

Charli D'Amelio's skincare routine.


Charli's morning routine begins with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser ($16.99), followed by "any specific serums, moisturisers and SPF."

Now that her acne has settled, Charli said, "I try to keep it as simple as I can. I really not trying to overdo it. Especially when travelling. CeraVe is the basics that I use for my skin — and what I can say is has really helped. Less is more."

And while our cute bods usually end up receiving the least bit of skincare love, the TikTok star said she always makes sure she moisturises on the regular. "I always end my routine with a CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($16.99) on my whole body, just to keep hydrated."


Charli D'Amelio's approach to beauty.

"My approach to beauty is kind of dependent on how I'm feeling," the influencer said.

"Sometimes I'm in a very natural, just want to be me but better. And sometimes I'm like I want full glam, and wear eight-inch high heels. But it's fun to do both and I feel equally beautiful in both."

Charli D'Amelio's favourite makeup products.

When it comes to her favourite makeup staples, Charli said she loves "a good lip liner and lipstick moment."

"My favourite would be Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Liner in the shade Deep Taupe ($32). I also love Tom Ford Liquid Lip Luxe Matte in Naked Haze ($91) with a Patrick Ta Lip Gloss ($43) worn over the top."

Charli D'Amelio's unusual beauty tricks.


When it comes to sneaky beauty tricks, Charli said there's one thing she does when her skin breaks out, in order to prevent messing with her face.

"I would honestly say my use for pimple patches is so I don't pick at my pimples!" she said. "I will wear them for the sole purpose of not picking at my skin."

We love to see it!

Charli D'Amelio's biggest TikTok moment (and what she wishes she saw more of).

"Honestly, my biggest TikTok moment was probably way back in 2020-ish. The TikTok vibe when I moved out to LA, which was like May of 2020, and whatever I was doing during that time was really different. I'll go back and watch those videos I took on vacation and the little recap moments. I will literally go back and watch those and be like — that was a good time."

When it comes to what Charli wishes she saw more of on TikTok, she said she "wishes that people talked more about the uncomfortable stuff." 

"I guess acne is one of them," she said. "Which more people are talking about, which is really exciting. It's nice to know that you're not alone. I wish I had watched more of this." 

"I also wish I watched more haircare content — like how to grow your hair! My hair does not grow as much as I wish it did."

(FYI, the TikTok star's bob is what dreams are made of, anyway, so...).


Charli D'Amelio's daily routine.

When it comes to her everyday routine, the former competitive dancer said it depends on the day.

"I usually wake up — and I have a puppy. So my older dog likes to sleep in. She's a lazy girl. So, I wake up, run downstairs with the dogs, let them out and feed them. I love watching TV — that's like my favourite thing to do.

"I'm also a big snacker. I feel like that's what I've been doing a lot of lately — late-night TV shows and random snacks. I'm a big cheese and cracker girl — I love it. I can eat cheese at any time of day. I'm one of the very few people left who isn't lactose intolerant. I'm a rarity. Thank goodness. Everyone else in my house is like, almond milk, oat milk. I'm like, 'No, I want five cheese sticks.'"

Umm... can we be best friends, yet?

Charli D'Amelio coming to Australia.

When asked when she would be making the trip Down Under, the star said, "I'm the worst because I'm petrified of snakes and spiders — so I'm scared to go to Australia!" 

"It's such a stereotypical thing to say. But no, now I definitely want to go. I've been talking to a family about it and will definitely be making the trip there soon!"

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Feature image: Instagram/@charlidamelio/Erin Docherty.

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