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Alexa Chung: I stole mom's moisturiser

Alexa Chung's friends used to be jealous of her perfect complexion.

The British presenter and former model has become a major style icon and is known for her effortless look.

When it comes to beauty, the 30-year-old has always been ahead of the game.

"When I was young, I used to watch my mom put on Oil of Olay. Afterwards, I'd steal it and then sit in front of the mirror and give myself a face massage," she laughed to British magazine Stylist.

"I remember my friend Michelle once saying to me, 'Why's your skin like that?' and I was like, 'Erm, because I moisturise.' I was seven."

As a teenager, Alexa started modelling for several popular British girls' magazines.

Despite this, she was like any other girl her age and Geri Halliwell from the Spice Girls was her ultimate style icon. And even Alexa tried terrible make-up looks she now cringes at.

"I started wearing silver eyeshadow - it was the 'in' thing," she recalled.

"I just wanted to look like I was from space. Rimmel was my brand of choice and I wore it with the Coffee Shimmer lipstick.

"In hindsight, they looked awful together but it was the '90s, so it worked. The fact that I was modelling as a teenager didn't mean I missed out on any of those awkward beauty phases."

Alexa might be from the UK, but she loves the beauty scene across the pond. The brunette star has collaborated with brand Nails Inc. in the past and revealed where her love of fashionable fingertips comes from.

"Travelling for work is fun and I get really inspired when I'm away," she smiled.

"Nails are so huge in New York, there's a nail bar on every corner and it's cheap, so you hang out there with your friends."

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