Chriselle Lim’s Beauty Secret Is Prep

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The social media influencer Chriselle Lim has a huge international fan base via her many Instagram followers, YouTube subscribers and readers of her website, The Chriselle Factor. Most recently, she added a creative agency, Cinc. Studios, to develop digital content for clients. (She is sometimes paid for endorsements, though not for any of the products here.) Raised in Danville, Calif., and now living in Los Angeles, Ms. Lim, 32, juggles her career, being a mother to a 3-year-old girl and a very dedicated skin-care routine. Learn her beauty favorites, below.

Skin Care

I probably spend a good 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night just prepping my skin. Makeup, I could do in five.

When I wake up, I cleanse with water. Then I prep my skin for the day. I use two serums from Skinceuticals: the CE Ferulic and the Phloretin CF. I switch things out, but these products I’ve been using for three years now. From there, I jump into another serum, Cle de Peau Le Sérum. It’s so expensive, but this one is worth the money because I can sometimes skip my moisturizer if I use it. It’s really hydrating and silky, and my makeup goes on smoother.

If I use a moisturizer, I like the simple ones. Avène A-OXitive Water-Cream is light, simple and hydrating. I have several SPFs. I like the SPF 50 one by La Mer. You shake it before you put it on.

You might think I’m crazy, but I use yet another serum before I put on makeup. Once my skin-care routine is finished and soaked into my skin, I apply Dior Glow Booster from the Capture Youth line. It boosts your glow underneath your makeup. If I want more of a matte look, I use one called Matte Maximizer, also from Dior.

At night, I use a balm to remove my makeup — the one by Darphin takes off even waterproof makeup — and then a deep scrub with the Kate Somerville Exfolikate. And because I can get clogged up, I use a clarifying toner. I was pleasantly surprised by the Honest Beauty one. Then I’m back to the Cle de Peau serum.

My nighttime cream is a little heavier than the one for day. I use the Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Crème for obvious reasons — age delay! In Korean culture, there are anti-aging products, of course, but it’s not like here in the States. There, skin care is a lifestyle from the day you are born. We’re moisturizing through our whole life, so it’s not really marketed as “anti-aging.”

Also, I can’t live without SK-II Ultimate Revival Eye Cream. I’ve been using it since it came out.


I don’t use foundation every day. If I do a shoot, I use Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation. It’s heavy coverage, but with a very radiant finish. If I’m not shooting and have errands to run, I stick to just a good concealer. I’ve been using Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer.

Lashes, I use DiorShow Pump’N’Volume. You never know when you’re at the end of a mascara, but this one you can literally squeeze the product out. I use a Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil. I’m trying to get someone from Asia to send me another one because they they’re difficult to find in the U.S. You know how in Korea, some girls like to use art pencils for their brows? They’re very light and you can build. And they shave the pencils flat. The Shu Uemura brow pencil is exactly that shape already.

I always have Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint by Tata Harper. It’s probably the most pigmented lip and cheek tint I’ve ever used and the most hydrating. I like Very Naughty; it’s a deep red. It’s just a stain, but you see the color, and it looks so natural. I usually wear this when I’m flying because I don’t want to wear makeup.

And because I travel so much, I’m all about little compacts. Anything that has a highlighter and blush in one is a savior. I’ve been using one by Bobbi Brown.


I’m wearing the Anine Bing fragrance Savage Rose in a roll-on. I like that it’s a masculine rose.


I have really, really dry, coarse hair, so I do an intensive treatment about once a week. I love the Oribe Gold Lust pre-shampoo treatment. It’s heavy, but it’s great for me because I have the heaviest hair ever. I also use the shampoo from the Oribe Gold Lust line.

My hair color is by my friend Justin Anderson. He works for a company called dpHUE as an ambassador. They have really healthy color options. I actually discovered dpHUE when I posted about their apple cider vinegar wash. I do that wash about once a week in place of my shampoo and conditioner.

Also, I always use a hair oil. My hair is coarse, but it’s also kind of flat, so I can’t use oils that weigh it down. I love this new one called Playa Ritual. It’s really light. Or, if I want more of a wavy look, I use Ouai Wave spray.

Other Services

I get really tense shoulders, so I try to get a massage once a week. I go to this hole-in-the-wall down the street from my house. It’s not luxurious. The lady steps on my back. I also love going to the Sweat House. I do it whenever I need a detox.

Diet and Fitness

I’m very conscious about what I eat during the week. My husband is a foodie, and we let loose on the weekends. I don’t really believe in diets because they’re too constraining. I do ask myself how something will make me feel afterward. And I do start my morning with a green powder drink by Hum; it gives me energy. Then I have a kombucha. I’ll also have an avocado toast or oatmeal. I go heavy in the morning. Throughout the day, I don’t have that much time to eat.

I’m really into H.I.I.T. workouts. I don’t get to work out every single day, so when I do, I want it to be high intensity. I’ve also been doing Orangetheory for about a year, and I’m getting good results. It makes me get my cardio in, which I don’t love. On weekends, I don’t have help, so I have my daughter with me. I carry her up a huge hill by my house or pull her up in a stroller. Then we go to the park.