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A $235 eye cream and a jar of honey: Every beauty product Edwina Bartholomew uses on her face.

What I Put On My Face is Mamamia’s new celebrity beauty series that goes inside the beauty cabinets of some of Australia’s most influential women. From what skincare products they use to their go-to makeup tips, it’s a pervy look at exactly what they put on their face. And body. And hair. You get the idea.

This week, we speak to Edwina Bartholomew. There’s a good chance you’ve been watching Eddie on the telly for years, as the journalist is a long-standing presenter on Channel 7’s Sunrise. At the time of publishing, the 36-year-old is pregnant with her first child, and chatted all about how growing a small human has changed her beauty routine. Enjoy!

Side note: You can listen to Eddie chat about her beauty routine on the You Beauty podcast below. Post continues after audio.

Edwina Bartholomew’s skincare routine.

My skin has changed a lot since preparing to start a family and actually being pregnant. I got a lot of pigmentation, strangely, after coming off contraception, which is weird according to the internet. Normally you get it as all the hormones start pumping through your body with pregnancy, so it was a shock. The way I found out about it was quite… bad.

I was at work, reading the news one day and under those TV lights, everything shows up. A viewer wrote in and asked if I had a moustache… I have pigmentation on my forehead, but I hadn’t noticed it was on my upper lip too! So I said ‘thanks for the feedback’. But genuinely, thank you for the feedback (!!) because I didn’t know. I expected my pigmentation to get a lot worse during pregnancy, but if anything, it’s stayed the same.

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"I'm pretty lucky, I have nice skin. My skincare routine is a little ad-hoc." Image: Supplied/Edwina Bartholomew.

I've used all sorts of cleansers, Cetaphil was a favourite for a while, and I've used nicer, gentler ones, but when you have as much TV makeup on as I do every day, it's impossible to get it off and it's always on your pillow. I would never sleep in my makeup, but when I used to host Dancing with the Stars, I would sometimes sleep in my eye makeup because it was too hard to get off. Embarrassing.

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I cleanse twice at night time with an Ultraceuticals cleanser. It strips the makeup off, but doesn't leave your skin feeling like the Sahara desert. Then in the morning, I try not to do too much so I'm not stressing out my skin. I'm pretty lucky, I have good skin and I don't have to get a lot of extractions done or facials like some of the girls at work do because the makeup does pile up. I also use a men's exfoliant I stole from my husband. It's super cheap, you can get it at Woolies and I use it for the exact same reason, that it's one of the only things you can really scrub with. It works well to get rid of the makeup - I'm sure some skincare experts would tell me it's a bad thing.

I try to use a serum every morning when I remember, and most nights. I use a Rationale serum and you can picture, if Cleopatra was in the bath, this is what she'd be soaking in. I'm new to serums, my skincare routine is a little ad-hoc. I'll moisturise with anything that has sunscreen in it and whatever is there on the shelf. I try to put it on before I get my makeup done at work so at least if I'm wandering around, I've got some SPF on.

 

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My skincare splurge is essentially anything from La Prairie. It always feel luxurious using the products and the packaging is beautiful. I invested in skincare in the lead up to my wedding, there are some products where you scoop out a bit of 'skin caviar' in a spoon, it's very cerimonial. My favourite is the eye cream. On the other end, I use honey on my face as a mask.

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We have honey on our farm and one time when we had the Malfroy's team [who look after our honey] come down, I had something on my neck and someone said to put honey on it straight from the jar. I don't think it works with supermarket honey, but this honey healed it. I sometimes use it as a face mask. Not very often because obviously it's very messy, but it tastes quite good when it drips down into your mouth. It's farm to face.

Her favourite products.

Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Foaming Cleanser, $65.

Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Foaming Cleanser
Image: Ultraceuticals.

Bulldog Original Face Scrub, $10.

Bulldog scrub
Image: Woolworths.
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Rationale Immunologist Serum, $170.

Rationale Immunologist Serum, $170.
Image: Rationale.

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30 Sheer Tint, $79.

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30 Sheer Tint, $79.
Image: Ultraceuticals.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+, $29.95.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+, $29.95.
Image: Chemist Warehouse.
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La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex, $235.

La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex, $235.
Image: La Prairie.

Edwina Bartholomew's makeup routine.

On the weekend, I don't wear much else than a tinted sunscreen. If I'm out during the day, I'm literally about a tinted moisturiser, mascara, blush and that's it. At night, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is amazing. It's a tiny little pot, but it's so good before bed, before flights, on flights, in hotels. I just absolutely love it.

For work, the professionals do my makeup. Thank God. I do my makeup when I'm on the road and I pick up tips and tricks from them, but it's never as good as when they do it. I also sit there for an hour in the morning when they do it, but when I do my own, possibly to my detriment, it's five to 10 minutes and I'm out the door.

 

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I quite like my makeup to be matte, so I'll powder over the top of my foundation, even my tinted sunscreen. We normally do an eye, big false lashes and then a really nude lip for the telly, and I use the Tarte Shape Tape concealer... which is really for the benefit of the viewer who noticed my moustache. I find with my face I don't get dark circles, but I get puffy eyes and it's an uneven surface, so when I'm on the telly, I use a loose powder over the top to smooth things out.

I love a red lip, but I do find it gets on my teeth a lot, so I'm more likely to do an eye for going out at night. The easiest makeup for me to do myself if I'm going to a red carpet or an event is a red lip, eyeliner and mascara. It's the easiest way to look done up. I love a liquid eyeliner because I can never find a sharpener for a pencil. I have a steady enough hand now to do a liquid eyeliner and I find it quite effective. We use a lot of MAC at work, too. MAC lipstick in Creme Cup is my favourite go-to colour.

Her favourite products.

YVES SAINT LAURENT All Hours Foundation, $89.

YVES SAINT LAURENT All Hours Foundation, $89.
Image: Sephora.
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Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, $38.

Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer, $38.
Image: Sephora.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $37.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $37.
Image: Sephora.

Tarte Shape Tape Setting Powder, $48.

Tarte Shape Tape Setting Powder, $48.
Image: Sephora.
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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $34.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $34.
Image: Mecca.

Lancôme Hypnose Mascara BlackHypnose Mascara, $55.

Lancôme Hypnose Mascara BlackHypnose Mascara, $55.
Image: Myer.
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MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup, $30.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme_Cup, $36.
Image: MAC.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $26.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $26.
Image: Sephora.

Edwina Bartholomew's hair and body care routine.

Body care while pregnant is a whole other thing. It's exciting times.

I've enlisted this Endota Belly Butter for the job. I have stretch marks anyway from teenage years, but the most common advice I've had from friends who have kids is the stretch marks will stay with you for life. I've been diligent with body care every single night, putting on moisturiser and lathering all over. It's like I'm at a day spa, sliding into bed and sliding out. It feels luxurious, though.

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You think when you get pregnant, it should come with a manual of things you're meant to know. It doesn't. I still wear perfume, but to be honest, I rarely remember to put it on before I leave the house. If I do, it's the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, it's a lovely, soft, floral fragrance.

 

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I have really, really thick hair - if I've lost any hair during pregnancy, I haven't noticed, so I stick to the products I was using before pregnancy. The Unite Texturiza Spray gives thick hair great body.

I love the Eleven hydrating shampoo and conditioner, and you can buy them in gigantic pump packs. Buying in bulk means it's a bit more cost effective washing my hair every day because of all the products they put in our hair at work.

Her favourite products.

Endota Organics Nurture Moisture Rich Belly Butter, $35.

Endota Organics Nurture Moisture Rich Belly Butter, $35.
Image: Endota.
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Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, 100ml for $199.

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, 100ml for $199.
Image: Mecca.

Unite Texturiza Spray, $36.50.

Unite Texturiza Spray, $36.50.
Image: Oz Hair and Beauty.
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ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo, $23.95.

ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo, $23.95.
Image: Adore Beauty.

ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Conditioner, $24.95.

ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Conditioner, $24.95.
Image: Adore Beauty.

Have you tried any of Edwina Bartholomew's favourite beauty products? Tell us in the comments!

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