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What I Put On My Face: Every single beauty product Rebecca Harding 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 theyd put on their face. And body. And hair. You get the idea.

This week, we speak to Rebecca Harding. Bec is a Melbourne-based model and brand ambassador who also happens to be dating Aussie comedian Andy Lee. The 29-year-old took us through her personal skincare journey, as well as the reason she only wears brown mascara and the fake tanning product that saved her hours before walking the Logies red carpet. Enjoy!

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

Bec’s skincare routine.

My skin is super combination and really sensitive. I use mostly SkinCeuticals products, I discovered them about four years ago when my skin went through a crazy period where it freaked out, and I started getting cystic acne on my cheeks. All the products I used to use weren’t working anymore, I used Cetaphil for years and swore by it but all of a sudden it stopped working.

I started seeing my facialist Mai from Cosmetic1 [in Melbourne] and she literally took one look at my skin, got me onto these products and they worked. Using products all from the one brand makes things really easy, and I always say the best thing you can do is get someone to look at your skin. It was the best thing I ever did.

I’m a skincare junkie but I’ve got my non-negotiable, must-have, everyday products I use. Otherwise, my skin freaks out. Bioderma micellar water sits in my bathroom cabinet with some cotton pads and it gets rid of everything – the heaviest of darkest eyeliners and whatever thickness foundation you’ve got on, and grime from the day. It feels really simple and clean.

The SkinCeuticals cleanser is a non-negotiable for me, morning and night! I use an exfoliant once a week as per my facialist’s recommendation. It’s beautiful and gentle, and if I have time, I like to use a clay mask afterwards for a little extra purifying.

 

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I think everyone should have a Vitamin C serum. It’s so good for brightening the skin, it’s easy to use; two pumps in the morning and put SPF over the top. I’ve noticed a huge change in my skin since using it. I also use SkinCeuticals morning and evening moisturisers, these are great to wear every day because they hydrate the skin without leaving it feeling oily. The day moisturiser has the most gorgeous sheen to it, so on no-makeup days your skin still has a beautiful glow to it.

Mai also got me onto an SPF 50+ because I was previously using SPF 15+ and I use it every day, even in winter. I find the La Roche Posay one to be quite light on the skin and really easy to pop foundation or any kind of makeup over the top of. It’s also not sticky and it’s really affordable.

I normally use a rosewater mist throughout the day – I fell in love with the scent of the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary one. It’s illuminating, hydrating and it feels super luxe. I like an oil at night, too. Go-To Face Hero is the only face oil I’ll use because my face is so sensitive and very reactive…. I’m too scared to use any other face oils.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, $29.99.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
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SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Cleanser, $67.

SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Cleanser
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SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, $47.

SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub
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Dermaceutic Tri Vita C30 Serum, $130.

Dermaceutic Tri Vita C30 Serum
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SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture, $134.

SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture
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La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+, $29.99.

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+
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Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, $99.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
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Go-To Face Hero, $45.

Go-To Face Hero
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SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily-Combination, $113.

SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily-Combination
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Bec's makeup routine.

When I'm doing my makeup myself, I'm just Bec - my regular style is very laid back. If I've got an event, I use products with more coverage, but for red carpets, I leave it to the professionals. There's no point me trying to do a smokey eye or a red lip.

Generally, I hate wearing foundation full stop, but especially heavy foundations. I always feel like I look really weird when I've got thick makeup on. Sometimes you have to if you're going to an event or filming and having your photo taken, but just going out and about, I don't want that full cakey makeup look.

At night if I'm going to an event or prepping my skin for a makeup artist, I use the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream as a primer. It's expensive, but it just makes your skin plump and glowy, and half the time after I've used it, I think 'I don't even need foundation anymore'. The tub it comes in is so good because you can literally scrape every last bit out. My everyday base is the Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum - I pop it on with a beauty blender and my skin still looks like my skin.

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I have reasonably dark circles. No matter what I do, they don't disappear. For concealer, I pop on the YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes. It helps to brighten the under eye area, the coverage is light and perfect for daytime. I use a L'Oreal one if I'm doing event makeup or going out at night because it's a bit thicker. I chuck it in my handbag too because it's also a foundation. It blends out really easily with a beauty blender and gives you a bit of extra coverage.

I'm more of an eye girl, I'm too scared to play with too many bright lippie colours and I know I'll walk out the door and get lipstick on my teeth. I use a brown eyeliner and mascara because I have blue eyes and someone once told me if you use brown colours, it brings them out. I'm not the greatest at makeup, I like to smudge eyeliner because I can never do a perfect straight line, and I find brown to be less harsh than a black.

My go-to lipstick is a nude. For someone who is constantly worried about getting lipstick on her teeth, a pinky nude is easy to wear and suits most skin tones. Otherwise, I get quite dry lips and the By Terry lip balm does the trick. It smells heavenly and it's got a thick consistency that's not too sticky. If I've got leftover on my fingers, I rub it into my cuticles.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, $125.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
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Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum, $92.

Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum
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YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, $70.

YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch
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L'Oreal Infallible More Than Concealer, $29.95.

L'Oreal Infallible More Than Concealer
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Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, $34.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner
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By Terry Terrybly Mascara in Moka Brown, $70.

By Terry Terrybly Mascara in Moka Brown
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Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $43.

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, $49.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk
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By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Care, $89.

By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Care
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Bec's hair and body care routine.

My hair is quite wash and wear, but I love the Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment. I use this after every single wash before blow drying. For fragrance, my favourite is the L'Officine Universelle Buly Eau Triple Berkane Orange Blossom Perfume. It's a water-based perfume that's free from alcohol and ethanol, so it's super subtle and can be used on both the skin and hair without dehydrating them.

I love lush body products and Aesop ones are gorgeous. The body scrub is not too intense, so I can use it a few times a week and I won't lose layers of skin. It leaves the most beautiful scent on your skin that's not overpowering.  I also love the body wash, it has a lovely woody undertone so it's great for my boyfriend to use as well. For moisturiser, L'Officine Universelle Buly Orange Blossom Body Milk is heaven in a bottle!

 

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I hate spray tans and fake tanning... for events, my stylist is always like 'you'll be getting a spray tan, yes?' and I'm like 'of course I will...'. But it does feel so good once you've got a tan and you've had two showers and you don't smell like biscuits anymore.

At last year's Logies, my stylist said my spray tan wasn't dark enough, and literally half an hour before I went on the red carpet, we put the Elle Effect tan on. I was freaking out I'd leave tan marks everywhere and would smell funky, but I didn't (that I know of) and no one noticed.

Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment, $24.95.

Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment
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Aesop A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser, $50.

Aesop A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser
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Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, $40.

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub
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L'Officine Universelle Buly Lait Virginal Berkane Orange Blossom Body Milk, $68.

OFFICINE UNIVERSELLE BULY Lait Virginal Berkane Orange Blossom Body Milk, $68.
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Elle Effect Tan, $40.86.

Elle Effect.
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Have you tried any of Bec Harding's favourite beauty products? Tell us in the comments!

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