We can't watch a single Netflix adolescent rom-com or browse through our TikTok feed without seeing Teala Dunn's face because she has been dominating the influencer scene for the past several years.
The Naked Brothers Band on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel's Shake It Up, and Dog With A Blog were among her notable breakthrough performances. However, Dunn has advanced her career by foraying into the worlds of “influencerdom” and entrepreneurship.
The 25-year-old actress just debuted her new cosmetics line called Creme de la Cube in addition to starring in Rowan Blanchard's Hulu series Crush.
“I had extremely horrible cystic acne in 2019 and 2020, so when they first asked me to launch a beauty brand, I said, ‘No, I truly am committed in skincare,’" Dunn said about her skincare journey, which she has been open about on her social media channels.
After her skin improved and she felt more confident, Dunn decided to develop a product to show that not all high-end skincare products need to be prohibitively pricey.
Dunn has been starring as Zelda on Freeform's Good Trouble with Zuri Adele, Maia Mitchell, and Cierra Ramirez while simultaneously developing her own distinctive skincare brand.
The Are We There Yet? star recently chatted with Girls United, going into her new skincare business, her favorite TikTok skin care tips, and the debut of her new podcast, “Anonymously Yours,” on Brat TV.
Girls United: How do you strike a balance between your influencer work, personal life, and the [“Anonymously Yours”] podcast?
Teala Dunn: Since I was a teenager, I have always been a girl who despises putting things off. I'm such an overachiever. Since I was a literal child in elementary school, I have behaved in that manner.
But I'm going to take care of everything so I can enjoy myself and the event without having to worry about the work I have to accomplish.
GU: As an influencer yourself, do you believe that there are too many celebrity-endorsed beauty products in the skincare and cosmetics markets?
Dunn: No. There are numerous influencers creating makeup brands in the beauty market, which is very acceptable. I want it to be something I'm enthusiastic about, and makeup is one of those things.
I wanted to concentrate on what matters to me most, which is mostly my skincare. I believe there is room for everyone in this field, however I haven't yet tried some of the celebrity brands like Selena Gomez's and Ariana Grande's. I haven't used those yet.
GU: How has social media, and notably TikTok, influenced the development of the beauty market from the viewpoint of a beauty influencer?
Dunn: Oh my God, I believe TikTok has drastically altered things. You can discover a ton of different tips and methods on how people do their makeup and everything on TikTok if you want to learn something.
GU: What are your fave recently discovered beauty hacks?
Dunn: Using micellar water and an eyeshadow brush to transform any eye shadow color into liquid liner has been one of my favorite beauty secrets.
GU: How would you say your beauty regimen varies between being on the Good Trouble set and being off set?
Dunn: Without a doubt, it depends on the part. In terms of Zelda, I definitely don't overdo it with the cosmetics. I've had the absolute pleasure of working with amazing stylists and makeup artists.
Simply dressing up has been a lot of fun, and I've actually learned a lot. Every time I'm on a set, the makeup artists teach me a lot of new things.
GU: What tips would you offer to young women who want to enter the influencer industry but are unsure of where to begin?
Dunn: In any industry you choose to work in, consistency is essential. I just like to do a little bit of everything. Never let anyone put you in a box, I always want to tell the young people who are following me, especially young Black women.
I never want to be a stereotype. Being whoever the hell I want to be and shattering all those boxes is what I enjoy most. Knowing that is incredibly powerful for young girls, particularly for young girls of color.
You don't just have to do one thing. For example, none of the acting jobs I pursue or the characters I've been fortunate enough to play are archetypal Black women, which I adore.
For instance, Zelda from the television show Good Trouble is basically a highly smart young Black woman who runs a great business. People will learn more about her character as time goes on. For young girls, seeing how a gorgeous young Black female can be a leader, a CEO, and have a lot of money, is really inspirational.
Encourage them to pursue their aspirations and resist being discouraged by others because, at the end of the day, someone will always have something negative to say. Simply keep going forward and surround yourself with supportive friends and family members.