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EXCLUSIVE: Emily from The Bachelor on being labelled "high-maintenance".

Emily Simms with her pet bird, Wesley. (Source: Instagram.)

Love her or hate her, there’s one thing we can’t deny about Emily Simms from The Bachelor Australia: she’s got serious beauty skills.

Emily is the bachelorette who famously caused the “total war… between Bachie Wood’s brain and Bachie Wood’s peen”, to quote our incomparable Bachie recapper, Rosie Waterland. She ended her time on The Bachelor by simply walking off the set in the middle of a Rose Ceremony and Bachelor Sam Wood called her a “high maintenance”.

The 32-year-old Melbourne makeup artist spoke to The Glow and knows more than a thing or two about beauty.

How did you feel about Sam calling you “high maintenance”?

“Well, I’m not sure if Sam is really one to talk… have you seen his hair [laughs]? In all seriousness though, Sam never gave me the impression that he thought that until my final night. He was very contradictory in things he said and did. I definitely do like to take care of myself and look presentable, but at the same time, I would never let that get in the way of having an awesome time.”

You’ve said in previous interviews that you felt you weren’t portrayed correctly on The Bachelor. What do you want people to know about the real Emily?

“I am such an honest person which sometimes gets me into trouble because I can be naively honest. I’m a kind-hearted girl, and would do anything for my friends and family. I will defend my loved ones and myself to the death, which is what I always did in The Bachelor house as well.

I have very strong principles and if I see an injustice, I can’t help but stand up for what I believe in. I think of myself (as do my family) as a bit of a dag, a goofball, someone who likes to playfully make fun of myself as well as those close to me.”

Sam Wood and his hair. Now who's "high maintenance"?

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being on The Bachelor?

"I've learnt that I am stronger than I gave myself credit for. I've realised the depth that my family and friends will go to, to protect and support me. It's actually been a very humbling, albeit sometimes upsetting, experience."

Do you always dye your own hair?

"I dye my regrowth myself, which I did in the house, but I would never attempt to do my own highlights. When colouring your hair yourself, make sure to section it correctly so you aren't missing any spots and apply Vaseline around your hairline, very liberally! A mistake I made in The Bachelor house!"

You've been bullied before and after The Bachelor you've been bullied online, how do you overcome that?

"Ignore it as much as possible. Bullies are weak and gutless, especially the ones that do it behind the security of their computer screen. They want to put other people down to make themselves feel better, so to show them that it bothers you is only giving them what they want. If I ever get anything nasty now, I simple block them and delete the comment. However all I really receive now are beautiful, uplifting comments."

Emily and Sam during their beach date on "The Bachelor".

 Now, let’s talk about one of my favourite topics: beauty! Did you do your own makeup on the show?

"I had the girls from the makeup department do my makeup on the first night, which I liked, but I did my own eyebrows and lips, as I am pretty fussy about those. On my last night on the show I also let one of the girls do my makeup for me, purely because I was in such a state that day (as I had planned to walk out of the show that morning).

The makeup I had already done on myself had turned into a disaster from crying and working myself up so much, so I asked my favourite hair and makeup lady if she would mind doing both for me and I absolutely loved what she did. Every other week I did my own makeup and I did my hair sometimes as well."

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One of Emily's beauty looks from "The Bachelor". (Source: Instagram.)

Before entering The Bachelor mansion what did you do to preparebeauty-wise?

"I had my hair coloured the week before I went to Sydney, spray tan, tried to workout a bit more than usual. Nothing too out of the ordinary."

What did you bring in your makeup bag to The Bachelor mansion?

"My makeup bag was massive! I had about four different ones filled with my skin care products, body products, makeup brushes, multiple pallets of eye shadow and blush, an array of lipsticks/glosses, a couple of bottles of foundation, spray tan, hair dye. I had packed more than enough, so that I hopefully wouldn't run out of anything." (Post continues after gallery.)

Which of the bachelorettes had the best beauty skills?

"I think Bec, Laura and Jasmin always looked effortlessly beautiful. Bec and Jasmin are blessed with gorgeous olive skin so already they've got an advantage! I loved how Jasmin would curl her hair, it always looked so sexy and tousled. Joni has great makeup skills too!

What were some of the tricks you used to help your makeup last through hours of filming?

"I think the key to lasting makeup is investing in a great primer, which I believe I have found!  The Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass, $76, is great, especially if you have oily skin, like I do. I also swear by blot powder."

Emily rates Bec, Laura, Joni and Jasmin's beauty skills. (Source: tenplay.com.au)

 What's your favourite inexpensive, "drugstore" beauty product?

"I use pretty much any Maybelline mascara [we love Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara, $19.95]  and Oralife peppermint lip ointment ($6.95)."

Poor Emily accidentally dyed her forehead while in "The Bachelor" mansion.

Tell us about your beauty website, Emily’s Beauty Spot.

"I am such a product junkie and the older I get, the more I am trying out anti ageing products. I'm 32, I've never had Botox and I would love to keep it that way (needles scare the hell out of me), so I invest in very active anti-ageing skin care. There are so many products out there that promise this and that and never deliver, so when I find something that actually works I really want to share that with the sisterhood."

What makeup products would you bring to The Bachelor mansion? 

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