Australian singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia may now be the face of cosmetics giant L'Oreal, but when she was younger she had no idea how to wear make-up subtly.

The TORN beauty has since learned how to highlight her striking features after spending years over-applying cosmetics until she looked like a "goth".

The 30-year-old says, "When I was young I didn't know that you should just focus on the mouth, eyes or cheeks, so I'd do the whole thing.

"I used heavy foundation and filled in my eyebrows so that they were black. I looked like a member of The Cure."