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Jessica Alba: 'I was a too-tanned teen'

The actress had a number of makeup mishaps until she realised less is more.

Movie beauty Jessica Alba is glad there are so few photographs of her as a teen - because she looked like a tanned nightmare in so many of them.

The actress admits she never goes near a tanning bed these days after realising she was too bronzed as a teenager.

"I remember, it was a trend and we all used to do it," the 35-year-old told Allure magazine. "You put the sticker on to see how dark you got. I would go to my cousins’ dances... and we would get a fake tan before. I would never do a tanning bed ever (now)."

The Sin City star now has her own skincare, cosmetics and haircare line, but she admits she wasn't always a beauty expert and still shudders at the thought of some of her makeup mishaps.

"I actually wore too much makeup when I was a teenager," she confesses. "I wore a full face and I probably (should have) worn a lot less.

"I didn’t know that there was the no-makeup makeup look until I was in my 20s. I used to use a foundation stick and just rub it all over my face and then I would break out. Then, I would wear more makeup to cover the break out."

The actress now insists, "The most important foundation is great skin."

Her less-is-more approach to makeup has helped her fans get to grips with cosmetics, thanks to tips she shares on social media.

She also regrets most of her tattoos, telling the publication, "You’re never going to be in the same place emotionally and mentally at 18 that you are at 20 or 25 or 30. Something that’s meaningful to you when you’re younger is not going to be meaningful to you five years later. I have a few tattoos. I'm not into them now the way that I was."

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