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Vampire facials and $600 serum: Inside actress Katherine Kelly Lang's beauty routine.

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 Katherine Kelly Lang. Many of us grew up watching Katherine on the telly as Brooke Logan in the iconic soap TV series The Bold and The Beautiful. Aside from working on the show full-time for more than 30 years, she’s also a fashion designer and an athlete who’s competed in IronWoman and long-distance horse riding competitions.

The actress gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like getting your hair and makeup done multiple times a day, every day, for work. She also shared the skincare, makeup and hair and body care products she uses on herself when she’s not playing a character.

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Katherine’s skincare routine.

My skin has definitely changed over the years. My main concern is sun damage from a life spent in the sun – I’m always outdoors and training for something. I do IronMan races, and before that, it was long-distance horse riding and surfing. So I’ve had to start taking the time to concentrate on my skin and taking care of it and being vigilant to get rid of sun damage on my face. I don’t want to give up the things I love, so I do crazy things like running wearing a huge, broad-brimmed hat.

I do a lot for my face. I do micro-needling. I do the Vampire Facials where they put your platelet-rich plasma on your face. I go to a doctor’s office to have treatments done, sometimes, I end up red and scaly for a few days, but it really does wonders. I do red light therapy all the time, too. I have a couple of tools and machines to do that at home, like the face masks with the LED lights in them.

I change up my creams all the time because I feel like my skin gets used to things and the products won’t work as well. I mix and match and I also like trying different natural products. I go with how my skin is feeling. Sometimes, I get quite oily. Sometimes, my skin is really dry because I’m travelling a lot so I’ll use a bunch of different sheet masks.

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My morning routine is pretty simple because usually, I have to go straight to work on The Bold and The Beautiful, so I don’t want to be too greasy or hydrated because my TV makeup slips right off. I normally cleanse in the shower with a simple cleanser, sometimes I do a sugar scrub on my face. Then it’s literally just a lightweight moisturiser. Then I go to work and they pile the makeup on, and sometimes, they reapply it throughout the day, too. I have to make sure when I get home to take it all off really well. I love the Neutrogena cleansing wipes, I get off most of the makeup with those and then cleanse again in the shower.

Right now, I’m using an Algenist serum for all over the face that’s also really great under the eyes. I’ve also tried products from Sonya Dakar, who is very big and popular in Beverly Hills. And I will admit, when I travel, I go into the shops where they sell all the creams and makeup, and I end up going to the Lancome aisle every time to buy their really expensive night cream. It’s black with a beautiful gold lid. It’s pretty expensive, it’s $600. But I figure it’s duty-free so that helps?

Katherine’s makeup routine.

The makeup I have done for the show and how I do my makeup are very different. For TV, it’s a lot of makeup. Chris, the woman who’s been doing my makeup for the show for 30 years now, she mixes three different foundations together for my base. It’s Shiseido, Makeup Forever and MAC. Over the years, she’s figured out what my skin likes, what looks good and the perfect colour, so she just custom mixes it up. I love the Chanel Tinted Moisturiser for a run around day because it’s very, very light, has SPF in it and some face cover.

 

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I’m not a huge makeup person.  I don’t like applying makeup and honestly, I’m not very good at it. I think because I’m so used to having it done for me for work. An eye pencil, a little mascara, a little blush and that’s kind of it. My basic look is keeping my lip very natural, and I like to make my eyes look punchy. For green eyes, it’s so pretty with a plum, raisin, lavender eye shadow. It counteracts the colour green and makes it stand out even more.

I know I keep bringing up Lancome, but I’ve been using their products for years. They’re an easy go-to brand for me, and none of their makeup products bother me. Some products can smell really perfumey, even some powders have a fragrance in them and it bothers me. Their products work for me. I also love Mally lip gloss, it’s natural and soft, and very moisturising. But my favourite thing ever is Aquafor. It’s a drug-store, inexpensive petroleum jelly-type product you can put on your lips, hands, even on my face if I forget any creams when I travel. And it works! I get the big jar.

Katherine’s hair and body care routine.

My hair is really dry and very fine, so I have to find things to boost the lustre. I definitely have to condition my hair every time I wash it, right now I’m using a shampoo and conditioner from my hormone doctor that’s good to thicken your hair and provide more volume. I like to use the most natural products for my hair as I can, without sulphates, silicones and parabens.

Sometimes, I get coconut oil and put that in my hair. I also sometimes heat up olive oil and do a hot oil mask and leave it in forever. It’s hard to get out, but if you have a couple days off and won’t mind greasy hair, pack it on there. I am horrible at doing my own hair, so in my regular life, I don’t style my hair. My style is getting out a round brush and blow drying it, which is pretty advanced for me.

 

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I never fake tan. I used to do real tanning, which is a no-no now. I’ve had one spray tan in my life, and actually, it was when I was last in Australia. The Bold and The Beautiful came here to shoot the show, and all of us girls got together in [co-star] Jacqui MacInnes’ hotel room and she ordered a spray tan lady to come up. It was like a spray tan party. It looked great!

With body care, I’m not as diligent with body as I am with my face. But what I love to do is have a bath. I would die without a bath. That for me is my quiet time, I come home from work and I sit in the bath. I always add some kind of oil to the bath because then I don’t have to moisturise myself with a cream, you just come out silky and soft. You do have to be careful though to not slip over.

Recap: All the beauty products Katherine Kelly Lang loves.

You can listen to more about Katherine Kelly Lang’s beauty routine in this episode of the You Beauty podcast below. Feature image: Supplied/Getty.

Have you tried any of Katherine’s favourite beauty products? Tell us in the comments. 

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