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EXCLUSIVE: Angie Kent's face is everywhere. But she's been dealing with acne for 20 years.

What I Put On My Face is Mamamia’s celebrity beauty series that takes you inside the beauty cabinets of influential women. 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 spoke to reality TV queen Angie Kent.

If you’re a reality TV fan, Angie Kent needs no introduction… but here’s one anyway.

After getting her start in front of the camera on GoggleboxAngie entered the jungle for I’m a Celebrity, found a boyfriend on The Bachelorette and most recently, danced her heart out on Dancing with the Stars. When I spoke to Angie, she was funny and real and completely no bullsh*t. From talking about how she’s been dealing with skin issues like acne, acne scarring and pigmentation for 20 years, to why she now can’t leave the house without makeup, here’s a look inside Angie’s beauty routine.

WATCH: Angie sat down with Mamamia’s Superfan to chat all things life and love in this hilarious (and puppy-filled) video below, post continues after video.

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Angie Kent’s skincare routine.

Skin’s a huge thing for me, it’s one of my biggest insecurities. Everybody’s got their thing, and for me, I’ve always wanted to have beautiful, clear skin. I have suffered on and off with acne since I was 11, I started getting pimples when I was 10. I even got adult acne again at 25. And then being in the Queensland sun and picking at my pimples, I ended up getting really bad scarring.

Don’t pop your pimples and don’t tan. That’s all I did in Queensland and I’ve suffered for it. When you’re younger, you just don’t care as much and you run around without sunscreen on, whereas now, I’m putting a hat on and lathering myself in sunscreen because I’m 30 now and I can’t sit out in the sun like I used to.

I’m very particular with my skin, I don’t just use anything. Otherwise my skin will go wild. Before The Bachelorette started, I was in the jungle [on I’m a Celeb] with no makeup and products, and my skin went crazy. It was good to give my skin a break, but in terms of putting on the thick eco sunscreen, my face didn’t like it and I started to break out. It’s sensitive. Everything work-wise since then has been very makeup-based. You’re always getting your hair and makeup done by different makeup artists, so that’s different products, different hands, different brushes, so it was really important for me to have skincare products to keep my skin under control.

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I’ve had all the skin treatments – I’m one of those people who has no pain threshold, I’m like ‘do whatever works!’. I do Clear and Brilliant, Fraxel, chemical peels and other treatments to lighten my acne scars because they’re still pretty hardcore on my cheeks. I actually have three favourite skin clinics that I go to. One when I’m at home on the Sunshine Coast, Aglo Finishing Salon, they’re the best when it comes to facials and I use their products. I have another beautiful lady who takes care of other bits and pieces, Anita East Medispa. And the one I got to in Sydney is Medispa by Matty and she helps with my acne scars, and little [filler and Botox] top-ups here and there.

I use products from the Aglo clinic, I really trust them and they know my skin, they know what I’ve suffered from. I use serums for my pigmentation and scarring, and they keep my skin nice and fresh because it can get really dry. It can also get really oily… it just does what it wants. Depending on the weather and its mood. My biggest advice I would say is, never go to anyone who doesn’t look at your face and already recognise and enhance what you have, who doesn’t want to change what you look like. That’s big for me.

Angie’s makeup routine.

TV makeup is a lot. I went from doing my own makeup on the Gogglebox couch, which was always quite stock standard – I didn’t spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on makeup mainly because I didn’t have any money – to The Bachelorette and Dancing With The Stars. On DWTS, we start getting our makeup done at 11am and we don’t actually dance until 7pm… I don’t know what they use but it stayed on. Having your makeup done is such a treat. I’ve always been such a simpleton when it came to makeup, but now I’ve got a taste for it, I’m hooked. Makeup is fun.

The more makeup I have on, the more I look older. But now, even on my days off, I like to keep my makeup simple. I can’t just walk around with no makeup on anymore. It’s always the way when I’m all done up after doing something, no one will come over and want a photo or chat. But as soon as I go to the shopping centre with no makeup on, no bra, in activewear with no shoes, someone’s like ‘Angie!’. But I love that people recognise me as that though, that means they know the real Angie. But then I’ll look at the photo and think, well that’s you but you could’ve at least put on a little bloody makeup. As long as my eyebrows are on and I’ve got some BB cream, I’m sorted.

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My general look is quite basic, I love a bit of shimmer and glow. Most of the time it’s sweat. I think I’m the sweatiest person in Australia. With foundation, I feel like because I have scarring and pigmentation, if I wear too much, it seeps into my scars so I’m more of a BB cream and mineral powder kind of gal. The IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream is my all time fave but it’s so hard to find because it’s the best! I also like the MCoBeauty Mineral Powder because I can put it on after my moisturiser and it’s like I’ve done a full face. It’s also less than $25. There are so many things women ‘have’ to think about with beauty – get your hair done, get your nails done, get a tan – and these things add up. I’m all for cheap and cheerful.

I got into the Nude By Nature Virgin Blush because my mum is a massive fan of the brand. When I’d go home and forget my makeup back in Sydney, I’d use mum’s stuff. It’s so good. It’s not too pink, which I love because I don’t like to put blush that’s too full-on on my cheeks where I have acne scars, as it looks like red skin. This one is a light pink and I mix it with the Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze Bronzer. It’s shimmery magic and it looks like a work of art. Both of these last forever, I’ve had the same ones for at least a year. They’re the gifts that keep on giving.

 

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I don’t know how to do contouring and fancy stuff, but the MCoBeauty Highlight & Glow Stick in Champagne is a creamy highlighter stick that’s so easy. You put a little bit on your cheekbones, nose and lip, and I use it as an eye shadow too. You just dab it in and it’s perfection. The MCoBeauty Waterproof Mascara is good for every day, you don’t get panda eyes when you sweat. But my favourite bougie mascara combo is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Primer and Marc Jacobs Beauty Mascara. When I have time, I love walking into Sephora and looking at things I shouldn’t. But they call to you. I went in to get my IT Cosmetics CC Cream and I needed a new mascara… and [the Marc Jacobs combo] is so expensive but worth it. The mascara is definitely one of my faves and the primer makes your eyelashes so much longer and thicker, I think it’s got a bit of serum in it that helps them grow.

My eyebrows are the one thing I do every day. I’ve tried all the expensive brow products but there’s one from the chemist, a L’Oreal brown pencil, it’s my go-to every time. You can sharpen him up, it lasts forever and costs $15. If I’m going to a lunch or dinner, I love a bold lip and keeping the rest of the face really simple. The MAC lipsticks last forever, but I’m huge on lip gloss too. I do the MAC lipstick and chuck a gloss on top – Sophie Monk’s lip glosses are the best, and the MCoBeauty Rose Lip Balm.

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Angie Kent’s hair and body care routine.

 

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For my hair, I love Olapex products. I got into them through a hairdresser who said to use them because hair for TV means so much blow-drying and heat styling. My Bachie hair and makeup artist Helen Dowsley got me onto the ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment too. I still use that, but for washing and conditioning, I use the Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner at home. It’s expensive but worth it. Oh, and I love dry shampoo. I’m mad for it. I love the smell of the Batiste ones, and if you want to keep your hair curled after a shoot for a few days, spritz it in there.

I’m not gonna lie, but I’m so bad at body care. I forget to shave my legs. I don’t moisturise because when I do, I’m double sweaty. That said, I do fake tan a lot because I don’t go out in the sun anymore. I used to love the sun, I’d cover my face but still tan my body, but even now I’m noticing spots on my chest. Because I’m quite new to fake tanning, I’m not very good at it. When I first put it on, it looks great and then I look later on and I’ve got scaly fake tan legs.

I’ve been using the ModelCo tan mousse and I get [my boyfriend] Carlin to rub it in because I’m so bad at it. And people do really drill you for fake tan mistakes. I remember when I was on the promo tour for The Bachelorette, people online were like ‘SHE DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO DO FAKE TAN’. People really hate orange fake tan hands, but I’m still learning!

For fragrance, I’m really big on essential oils and using them based on what I want for the day. I love The Witch Apprentice, she makes up oils for me and what I might be about to go through. For The Bachelorette, I had a ‘love potion’. I don’t like putting perfume on my skin so much but when I do, it’s Dior Addict. It’s an oldie but a goldie.

You can listen to Angie’s full interview on the You Beauty podcast below.

Here’s a full list of all of Angie Kent’s favourite beauty products:

Have you tried any of Angie’s favourite beauty products? Tell us in the comments. You can also read more from our What I Put On My Face series below:

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