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James Read: The Celebrity Tanning Secret

James Read: The Celebrity Tanning Secret
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A great fake tan can do absolute wonders, lengthening limbs, helping skin look smooth and bright and giving unbeatable confidence. We are so excited to let you know all about James Read tanning products, the fake tan that the celebrities adore.

Who is James Read?

James Read is a self tan expert. He has worked in every aspect of the industry, starting from the shop floor, to now owning his own tanning studio as a professional spray tan artist. He has worked backstage at fashion weeks for designers like Tom Ford, Burberry and Sophia Webster and has now built up an incredible celebrity client base.

Now with his own range, James handpicks each product so he has a collection of tanning and skincare products that combine skincare with getting the perfect golden glow.

The Celebrity Fans

James Read Celebrity Fans

We always wonder how celebrities get their amazing tans for the red carpet, so when we discovered that celebrities like Mariah Carey and Cara Delevigne have been given the James Read treatment, we were sold. His bestselling Sleep Mask Tan, which gives a gorgeous natural tan whilst caring for the skin overnight, is a favourite of Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding to name just a few.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely's Tanning Secret

We have been told that the secret to Rosie's glossy and natural golden tan is layering. James recommends applying 1 layer of his Self Tan Bronzing Mist, wait 30 minutes and then apply a second which you can wash off after 8 hours.

For an extra boost he then recommends mixing 2 teaspoons of Gradual Tan with some moisturizer and buff this everywhere the sun would hit (like the fronts of the legs, shoulders and decolletage) with a makeup brush. Wash it off after 3 hours and it'll leave you with natural depth and definition.

The Tanning Range

All packaged in their luxurious gold and white packaging, there is a James Read product for every skin type and tone. You can shop the range today on but just click through the products below for the down-low on some of the bestsellers.

James Read Wash Off Tan 150ml

Get instant colour with this wash off tan. Enriched with hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera, Allantoin and Co Enzyme Q10, this fragrance free cream gives a flawless finish in a flash. Perfect for those nights where you need a quick fix!

James Read Instant Bronzing Mist 200ml

This Bronzing Mist has a specially designed nozzle that gives you an even, natural tan from all angles. With a tinted formula which gives an instant glow before developing for another 3-5 hours, it helps give a streak-free results.

James Read Tan Accelerator 200ml

This Tan Accelerator is ideal for pre-holiday prep. It stimulates your natural Melanin production to give your tan a boost (whether it is fake or not!). You'll be glowing in no time!

James Read Sleep Mask Tan Body 200ml

The Sleep Mask Tan is one of James Read's hero products. Who doesn't want to wake up looking incredible? Just apply evenly all over with a tanning mitt. It dries in no time at all so all you need to do is jump into bed and get your beauty sleep whilst it works its magic.

James Read Express Glow Mask Face Tan 50ml

Specially formulated to use on the face. this is a tan with a difference. Packed with skin-loving ingredients like Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Seed Oil, just apply a thin layer and you will see the results in just half an hour.

James Read Tan Perfecting Enzyme Peel Mask 75ml

We all know that you need to exfoliate well to get an even glow. This clever mask uses fruit extracts to help buff and prime the skin ready for your tan. A tanning must-have!

James Read Day Tan SPF 15 Face 50ml

This subtle, gradual tan can be used as a daily moisturiser to protect the skin with SPF 15 whilst adding gorgeous, natural colour. The best of both worlds!

James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face 50ml

This is a James Read bestseller, with a whole host of celebrity fans. Just like the body version, just apply before you head to sleep in order to wake up with a beautiful glow.

Enjoy this? Try our best gradual tan or best fake tan for pale skin guides.

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Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid