Beauty / James Read

James Read is the UK’s leading self-tanning expert with over fifteen years’ experience in the industry.  A pioneer of tanning trends worldwide, he was the UK’s first tanning expert, putting tanning and skin-finishing techniques in to the spotlight. With an unrivalled A-list clientele that includes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Lara Stone, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Gemma Arterton and a firm following from within the fashion industry, he is the professional spray-tan artist of choice on editorial shoots, as well as backstage at fashion shows in London, Paris and New York.

In 2012, James culminated all his experiences in salons, on shoots, with celebrity clients, at awards ceremonies and backstage to develop a unique product range, James Read Tan, that delivers a professional quality tan at home.  After reaching nationwide success throughout the UK, James Read Tan launched in the US in 2014.

James was first-to-market with the skin-finishing layering technique and launched the first designated tanning menu in the Sanderson Hotel’s agua spa. His chic, central London spray-tanning suite, offered a selection of expert services custom-made for a fashionable clientele. James’ tanning studio, “The Studio by James Read” is located at Urban Retreat at Harrods in London.