Craig’s Beauty Diary

Tis the season to be jolly…….jolly busy for this beauty boy that’s for sure. The past month has been a whirlwind of meetings, events and of course some celebrity meets not forgetting awards dinners too.

Of course I always make time for my product testing that goes without saying. Read on and enjoy all things beauty in my last installment of 2015’s beauty diary.

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Craig x

Backstage, Beauty, Bafta's

The nations acting and industry talent were out in force at The Scottish Baftas which was held at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel and hosted by Edith Bowman. I had been invited my official make up sponsors MAC to join them for the celebrations. The cult make up brand were on hand backstage getting everyone red carpet ready. Jean and I were booked in for some beautification.

I’m not really, a make up wearer but when the bright lights and the big city call, a little complexion perfection never does one any harm. A good job as I spotted my old pal and celebrity photographer Alan Peebles, I’ve worked with Alan on many locations, campaigns and was even the MUA at his daughters wedding so he always seems to point and shoot whenever he sees me. I don’t have the heart to say I’m not one for pictures….yeah right!

Cher Webb, MAC’s Senior Artist reminded me just how good some of my original MAC favourites are. I was always a fan of MAC Face & Body Foundation because of the fluid almost water-like texture and natural feather- light finish it gives to the skin. Perfect when guys need some grooming because it makes skin look like skin. I always had one to hand when doing any beach or pool shoots because it is water resistant too.

When I start talking about make up, there is no stopping me, so when Cher and I got together it was lips, lids, lipstick and lashes for about an hour. Not that it took that long to paint my face of course. A great evening with an amazing brand, enjoying the success of Scottish talent.

Awards, Awards, Awards

London feels like a second home sometimes, I’m there pretty much every week with work. If it’s not press appointments, suppliers or PR meetings then it’s something beauty or brand related. My last trip was to attend two awards’ dinners on behalf of Fake Bake. 5 Minute Mousse won Best Self Tan product of 2015 at the Stylist Awards, a lovely breakfast ceremony held at the Waldorf Hotel. I caught up with Associate Editor for Beauty Joanna McGarry who was charming as ever. Joanna is real skincare fan and a fountain of knowledge and one of my favourite industry insiders.

Next stop was The Grand Connaught Rooms where Fake Bake’s 5 Minute Mousse received a Highly Commended for the Best New Tanning Product. I had a bit of a lump in my throat when Scream & Pout’s Blurfection, Smooth & Illuminate Primer also received a Highly Commended Award too. This was the first make up item I helped create with the brand and is a best seller already.

Before I flew home I had time meet up with my friend and colleague Vic as she was in London at a Christmas Gifting event at Library, a private members club on St Martins Lane. Fake Bake was giving the celebrity fans their favourite tans. Michelle Heaton was lovely as always and was with my old Pal Lizzy Cundy and the girls from pop group Stooshe were there too. What a vocal these girls delivered during their live acoustic on stage.

Craid-Alexander Wilson

With over ten years in the industry, Craig-Alexander Wilson literally eats, sleeps and breathes all things beauty and as an accomplished Make-Up Artist he has no shortage of celebrity fans.

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Take 5 – Quick pick me up’s

Time is something that’s affects us all and for many its because there just isn’t enough of it. When I am in a bit of a fix and need something to pick my skin up I turn to those products that give pretty much instant results. These are perfect for the party season when you the only time you have is Party Time of course!

Step 1- Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.

Fight fatigue, revive, rejuvenate, brighten and refresh your complexion in…well a flash! Water activated Vitamin C leaves skin looking firmed, toned and smooth. It’s been a great ‘pick me up product’ this winter and helped turnaround my skin and get me get ready be it before I step in front of the camera, step out on the red carpet or when I need to pop to Asda for a loaf and I feel a bit grey! It’s not all glamour! £32.00

Step 3-Glam Glow Bright Mud Eye Treatment.

Dark Circles, fine lines, puffiness believe me you can wave bye-bye to these, and give a hi-five to brighter, more hydrated and fresher looking eyes. These tap on wipe of wonders have been created by the Glam Glow team for Hollywood actors to work in just 3 minutes before going on camera. With patented peptide Juvelane to fight the signs of aging, peppermint leaf to brighten and caffeine to stimulate and fight fatigue these are my new besties! A pack of 12 single sleeves cost £39.99

Step 3 –Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Charlote Tilbury is the artist on every beauty editors lips, she is in demand when it comes to runway shows and editorial and with an award winning brand under her brush belt, gaining iconic status, I salute her and all that’s he does. Go Girl! This is well deserved when we look at the quality of product Charlotte has created.

This foundation for one just sums up what is required when it comes to formulation, expectation and the results required in front and behind the camera. Whatever your skin concerns; blemishes, redness, rosacea, pigmentation, this covers pretty much anything and feels surprisingly light and stays fresh. Hyaluronic acid, Laricyl which is a mushroom extract and vitamin c are just some of the key ingredients but it’s the texture and of course the results you will love. £29.50