Exclusive: Ashley James talks festival beauty secrets, MIC and ex-beau Ollie Locke

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Former Made In Chelsea star Ashley James always flaunts flawless skin and mega-watt lashes, and now she's let Reveal in on her top make-up tips.

We caught up with Ashley in Virgin Media's Louder Lounge at this year's V Festival (17 August) to chat though her camping beauty essentials, make-up must-haves and her former castmates - including ex-boyfriend Ollie Locke!

Ashley James in Virgin Media's Louder Lounge at V Festival - Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex - 17 August 2014

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Ashley in Virgin Media's Louder Lounge at V Festival 2014, wearing a LOVE kimono and Topshop shorts.

What are your top festival beauty essentials?

"Definitely sun cream. You see so many people at festivals who are bright red. Obviously it's really bad for you and it it will ruin your festival too - sleeping in a tent isn't the nicest thing anyway, but it's even worse when you're sunburnt! Today I've been really spoilt because there's a spa here, so that's why I look slightly presentable. But if I go somewhere else I don't really bother with make up, I just wear BB cream to give me a bit of confidence so my skin looks nice. At the moment I'm using The Body Shop All-in-one BB Cream, £12. Also I always bring a lipstick, so then when I've got sunglasses on I look like I've made an effort. I like Avon lipsticks, they're really nice and moisturising. And hand sanitiser is a must-have!"

What's in your V Festival make-up bag?

"I love Benefit The POREfessional Primer, £24.50. I'm feeling a bit dehydrated right now, and I find my fine lines are much more pronounced when I'm dehydrated, so this helps even out any imperfections. Lately I've been switching between a BB cream and a foundation, depending on how blotchy or blemished my skin is. Today I used Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Foundation, £12, which gives nice coverage, and Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, £17.50. I use Estée Lauder Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter, £23.50, which I apply under my eyes. I contour with Avon Glow Bronzing Powder, £10, and I have a really nice peachy blusher by Clinique. I also love The Body Shop Gel Eye Liner, £10, and I had false eyelashes applied at the Eylure tent today. Then for eyebrows I use Benefit Speed Brow Gel, £13, although I had them filled in at the spa today, so they're a bit bigger than I'd usually wear them. I like them though, big brows are always a good thing!"

Tell us your ultimate beauty tip?

"Don't sleep in your make-up and drink loads of water. You can really tell if I'm dehydrated, and I think water can give a natural face lift."

Ashely James takes a selfie at V Festival - Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex - 17 August 2014

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Rocking Eylure false lashes and a waterfall braid by the Mark Hill team at V Festival 2014.

You've got amazing skin - talk us through your skincare regime?

"I'm trialling loads of different products right now. At the moment I have a few Clinique things I like. I have my Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £39.50, which I use as a mask or to cleanse off my make-up, and I love my Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, £30. I also use The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, £14, it's a face scrub but it's quite strong so I only use it now and then when I feel my face looks a bit dull. It makes my skin glow but it's too harsh to use all the time.

"I had a big breakout down one side of my face and I spoke to a dermatologist, and she told me to try taking wheatgrass shots, so I have those in the morning. They've cleared up my face! Apparently it's because I might have had too much acidity in my diet. I have a juicer at home so I'm all about healthy food... apart from today, the Anna Mae's mac 'n' cheese stall here is so good! I go for the spicy option, then I put loads of chili sauce on top. I always think I can eat whatever I want at a festival. Although I did that at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then had a casting for Agent Provocateur the next day...!"

How do you prepare for castings?

"I have an early night and drink loads of water. I'll always wear a BB cream to make myself look as natural as possible. I won't contour or anything, I'll just use mascara and a bit of blusher. I also use The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter, I'm obsessed with it at the moment. I make sure I wash my hair so it looks really healthy and then I just hope for the best!"

You first appeared on our screens on Made In Chelsea - would you ever go back on the show?

"I would never say never, but while everything is going well for me I probably wouldn't. I was just catching up with Louise Thompson here, and it's nice to be out of the drama. My boyfriend wouldn't go on the show either. But if MIC ever became relevant in my life then I wouldn't rule it out. It was such an amazing experience. Right now I'm presenting a TV show on Sky channel PopGirl TV, it's called Style Stars. I've always wanted to be a presenter. I did work experience at the BBC when I was 15, so it's been something I've been working towards for a long time. My dream job would be to present ITV's This Morning!"

Ashley James attends V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex - 17 August 2014

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Posing for an Instagram picture with pals at V Festival 2014.

Do you stay in touch with anyone from Made In Cheslea?

"Yes, I still speak to Ollie Locke all the time, he's one of my best mates. I've started to speak to Cheska Hull again, we didn't talk for a while but we're friends again now. I saw Oliver Proudlock the other day. If I see people I'll say hello, but I only really keep in touch with Ollie and Cheska. I love Ollie, he's the nicest guy and he supports everything I do. I did a blog post about depression recently and he was so supportive."

Have you been watching the current series of the show, which is based in New York?

"I feel really bad but I don't watch it! I do keep an eye out so I know bits and bobs about what's going on. I didn't watch it before I was on it either. I do have an interest in the show though because it's funny when it's people you know, and it would have been amazing to go to New York! I really like watching Geordie Shore, although I haven't watched it in a while. I want to be Charlotte Crosby's best friend, I think she's great. I like the Geordie accent too. When I was younger I used to get mistaken for Donna Air all the time. I'm originally from Newcastle so I can rock the accent, and I'm pretty sure me and Donna might be long-lost sisters! I went to a party once and the paps thought I was her."

Do you watch TOWIE?

"I don't really watch it but I am friends with a lot of the people on the show. The TOWIE girls are so lovely, much less bitchy. I really like Lydia Bright, we're quite good friends, and Jess Wright and Ferne McCann too, I think they're really nice girls."

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