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Mischa Barton ashamed of TV tan

Mischa Barton "cringes" at the "weird orange glow" she sported during filming for hit TV series The O.C.

The actress was catapulted to international fame thanks to her role as Marissa Cooper in the US teen drama series.

The O.C. focused on the lives of a group of teenagers residing in Orange County, California, and the cast members - including Mischa and Rachel Bilson - always sported a glowing tan for filming.

Mischa, 27, gets embarrassed when she sees old pictures of herself with a darker skin tone.

"I didn't like the overly spray-tanned days of The O.C. when I had that weird orange glow," she laughed to Look magazine when asked about her worst style mistake.

"I look at those pictures and cringe."

Mischa launched a bag line in 2008, before branching out into clothing. She opened boutique Mischa's Place in east London's Spitalfields market last year, with an online site to accompany it.

The stunning star is constantly thrilled by her day job.

"I really like it, I've learned a lot. It's a great creative outlet. It's a ton of work, but it's worth it at the end of the day because you get to see people wearing things that you've made," she smiled.

Mischa constantly experiments with her beauty look and style, and names Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull as her fashion icons.

The star sometimes gets lazy when it comes to make-up though.

"I'm really big on buying make-up, but not so big on wearing it. I have my favourite red lipsticks - a couple of Nars colours and MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick," she explained.

"I have my own make-up line now and I'm just learning about the basics, like a really great red lipstick and foundation. It's all so exciting!"

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