Exclusive: Sarah-Jane Crawford discusses top beauty tips and X Factor backstage gossip

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Sarah-Jane Crawford has given Reveal the lowdown on her beauty regime, and also dished the dirt on what it's like backstage at The X Factor!

The Xtra Factor presenter always wows with her striking signature red pout and flawless skin, so we were more than happy to have a snoop through her make-up bag.

She also talked us through her skincare routine and top contouring tips, and discussed which X Factor judge is the biggest backstage diva, plus what it's like in Simon Cowell's dressing room (which is pretty epic, by the sounds of it!).

Sarah-Jane Crawford attends the X Factor press launch in London, England - 27 August 2014

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Sarah-Jane prefers a natural look while off-duty, but opts for her signature rouge pout when stepping out at events.

Your make-up always looks flawless. Talk us through the products in your beauty bag...

"Well if it ever looks flawless - which it certainly doesn't today - it's because I've got a brilliant make-up artist! But even when she's not there, I have certain key products that I always use - MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, £21.50, in either NW40 or NC45, and MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £15.50. I apply Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, £18.50, and there are a few different mascaras that I like by Lancôme and Yves Saint Laurent, and Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Mascara, £7.19, is amazing. Unless I'm going to an event, I try to just keep things natural. I can't be bothered to spend ages on my make-up! It's really funny because the other day I went to do my [Radio 1Xtra] show and U2 walked past. I said to my producer, "I have to get a selfie with them but I have no make-up on!" I quickly chucked on a bit of foundation and red lipstick and got a little picture."

So you wear no make-up on a day-to-day basis?

"I would normally wear nothing, but that's not because I think I look great natural! I just jump out of the shower, chuck on an outfit and run out the door, I barely even brush my hair. Then as the day goes on, if I think I'm going to bump into someone or if I've got a meeting, I'll start putting some make-up on gradually."

You always sport your trademark red lipstick - are you going to switch things up for autumn?

"I think reds and nudes are my favourite lip colours, purely because I haven't found any other shade that suits my style. For me, pink looks a bit candy and it isn't timeless, it's not really me. Whereas red is classic and goes with my dark hair. Sometimes in the winter I like a deep berry red, but you have to be careful with such a dark colour - it has to stay on your lips and not crack."

Sarah-Jane Crawford poses with U2 at the BBC Radio studios - 16 October 2014

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Say cheese! The radio presenter bumped into U2 at the BBC Radio 1Xtra studios.

How do you keep your nails in tip-top condition?

"I've just discovered MICRO Nail, £39.99. Sometimes I don't have time to get my nails done so I use that to make them look shiny. People think my nails look really well manicured, even though I haven't sat in a shop and had them done! As for colours, I was in Liberty the other day buying a shirt, and the girl who served me had amazing nails, they were long and pointy and painted a deep, deep purple. I thought, "Right, I'm doing that!" So now I've got that colour on my hands and toes. I also like Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Rouge Noir, £18, I always have a pot of it kicking around."

Talk us through your skincare routine...

"I keep it quite simple because I've got dry skin, if I use a harsh cleanser it really exasperates it, so I use something like Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash, £1.50, in the shower, then my Clarins Toning Lotion, £19, followed by a serum and a moisturising day cream. I also use Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, £32, because my eyes always get dry, then a bit of Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter, £2.18, on my lips.

Do you ever get spots, and if so, how do you tackle them?

"To be honest I'm really lucky with spots - I don't really get them unless I'm out partying and not getting much sleep, burning the candle at both ends. I actually get mouth ulcers more than anything if I'm run down. I would just try to eat healthily, I have a Nutri Bullet, £99.95, that I fill with fruit to make smoothies and juices. Today I added blueberries, a scoop of protein shake and some almond milk."

You're currently presenting The Xtra Factor - how long does it take to get ready for the show?

"We get ready way in advance to take the pressure off, so I'll start getting my make-up done soon after one o'clock, we spend a good two hours on it. I need professional hair and make-up to look half-decent on TV, so I'll have [my make-up artist] Pauline sticking on an eyelash while [my hairdresser] Lorraine tongs my hair! Then at around four o'clock we'll do a dress rehearsal, then I watch the main show, make notes on what to ask the judges, and then half an hour before I start filming, I'll have a little make-up touch-up."

Sarah-Jane Crawford at the X Factor auditions in London, England - 20 June 2014


Sarah-Jane sometimes pops into Simon Cowell's dressing room for advice while getting ready for The Xtra Factor.

What's your dressing room like?

"It's really nice actually, I'm quite lucky, I've got windows! Some people downstairs don't have windows - I'm making it sound like prison, aren't I?! I'm three doors down from Simon so that's fun, I can always knock on his door and be like, "What do you reckon to this?" He always says his door is open if you want to ask him about anything. I burn a nice Neom Organics or a Jo Malone candle in my dressing room, and I have a little dress rail, a shower, a big mirror with those classic dressing room lights, and a grey sofa so I can have a nap!"

Which judge is the biggest diva while getting ready for the show?

"I've never really seen any of the others getting ready. I would say Mel B is at the opposite end of the diva scale. She's really cute, like the other day I was doing my rehearsals, the audience was filling up and Mel just walked in wearing a big bear onesie! There aren't really any divas, Simon isn't a diva but he's got loads of make-up and eye drops and things. His dressing room is massive, he's got surround sound, windows and a massive bathroom. His bathroom looks like something you'd expect to see in a penthouse suite, it's quite amusing."

Have you picked up any great make-up tips while appearing on The Xtra Factor?

"Well, Pauline doesn't give me tips because she doesn't want me to do without her! But once I went to film I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here Now!, and I couldn't go with her because it was in Australia. So Pauline sent me an email with a list of everything I needed to do, it was basically a step-by-step guide on how to contour! If you want to make like Kim Kardashian West - I love her make-up - then you need to contour with a lighter product under the eyes, then a darker product under your cheekbones, chin and around your temples. And another tip is always make sure you moisturise well before whacking on the make-up!"

Sarah-Jane Crawford uses MICRO Nail, an electric nail polisher that gently buffs nails leaving them naturally beautiful, healthy and shiny in just a few seconds. MICRO Nail, £39.99, is available from Boots.com, selected Boots stores and micronail.co.uk.

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