Augustinus Bader's Cult-Favorite Body Cream Makes a Luxe Cameo in Zendaya's 'Challengers' Skincare

It's actually the perfect product for Tashi Duncan.

Zendaya in character as Tashi Duncan at a tennis match in a story about her character using Augustinus Bader skincare
(Image credit: Amazon/MGM Studios)

In Challengers, Zendaya plays tennis-phenomenon-turned-coach Tashi Duncan to stone-cold perfection. Tashi is a woman who settles for nothing but the best, an attitude conveyed in her adulthood scenes through a dripped-out Loewe wardrobe and a blonde power bob. Her winner-takes-all mindset also manifests in her skincare routine—judging by a cameo of Augustinus Bader's cult-favorite body cream in the film.

During scenes in her luxury hotel suite with her husband, Art Donaldson (played by Mike Faist), Tashi lounges in a silk slip and moisturizes the scar from her career-ending knee injury with a thick cream from a bronze-lidded jar. The camera lingers long enough on the container's nightstand for skincare obsessives to clock the label that made it.

Zendaya and Mike Faist in character during a Challengers scene when Zendaya uses Augustinus Bader skincare

Tashi Duncan (Zendaya) and Art Donaldson (Mike Faist) exchange barbs over Donaldson's tennis career in their hotel. Shortly after, Tashi slathers Augustinus Bader's Body Cream over the scar of her career-ending injury.

(Image credit: Amazon/MGM Studios)

If any body cream could be recognized from a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo, it's Augustinus Bader's. Since its launch in 2016, the skincare brand has developed a loyal, beauty-insider-filled following. Its products come with high price tags and proven results: A Marie Claire review of the facial version calls it a "skincare nerd’s dream," because of its science-backed strengthening and hydrating effects. When celebrities drop their skincare routines, at least one blue-and-bronze Augustinus Bader bottle appears on the list.

Shortly after Challengers' release, Augustinus Bader shared a TikTok of a tennis player moisturizing her knees with its body cream on the court. The caption: "Zendaya knows."

"I knew that tub of body cream from anywhere," one TikTok user responded. "I feel like this is 100 percent Zendaya's doing," another wrote. "She is a producer on the film and no doubt knew Tashi would use the most luxurious products."

Then there were viewers who saw Tashi's routine and wanted a piece for themselves: "She really sold me because I haven't tried the body cream yet."


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Even if the hydrating cream's cameo inspired viewers to shop, it wasn't intended to. The brand confirmed in its TikTok comments that it didn't pay to play in Zendaya's onscreen skincare lineup. In fact, director Luca Guadagnino and his team handpicked the brand for Tashi's nightstand for what it could symbolize.

All the items in Tashi Duncan's grown-up wardrobe and beauty routine serve a narrative purpose. Challengers production designer Merissa Lombardo told Bloomberg that the labels the character associates with as an adult—from her Augustinus Bader skincare to her Chanel espadrilles—represent her transformation into a 360-degree powerhouse with paychecks to match. In high school, her family relies on her endorsement deals; as an adult, Tashi can pack a $190 tub of moisturizer for her suite at the Ritz. She could have bought an entirely separate one to travel with with her wealth.

“I think the clever thing we did, I hope, is try to selectively pick which brands we were using and have a nice mix," the production designer said.

Where Tashi's beauty is concerned, it doesn't get more luxurious than her "rich" creams.

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Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.