Not only is tanning expert James Read likely to be found found backstage during fashion week and on shoots giving models the latest skin-finish or tan, he also tends to the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Lara Stone, Beyonce, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Gemma Arterton, Clive Owen, Conor Maynard and well, (please excuse us while we pause for breath), practically all of the fashion industry too. Oh and we nearly forgot to mention that he has his very own product range as well. Last week we caught up with him to talk about all of the best-kept secrets in his beauty man-bag. The pleasure is all ours of course.
Laura Mercier Petite Custom Artist Portfolio, £42.50 - The chic solution to keeping all of my products together.
James Read BB Gradual Tan Pen, £22.50 - I use this beauty to tan clients' faces or add definition to the shoulders, décolleté, top of arms or front of legs.
Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Cleansing Wipes, £2.99 - These wipes are the perfect tan remover and well as being great for prepping skin pre-tan. I would be lost without them!
RéVive Moisturising Renewal Body cream, £105 – My favourite body moisturiser. Full stop. It's perfect for all those pesky dry areas like knees and elbows.
Laura Mercier Face brush, £29 - Quite possible the best bronzer brush about...
Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, £41 – I declare this treatlet the best lip balm in existence!
Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder in Matte Bronze, £26 - Add depth over the top of a tan, take off slight shine and highlight with this one.
James Read Wash Off Tan, £18.50 - This wash off tan is great for photo shoots or parties and adds an instant colour to its wearer.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £28 - Prep the body before applying self tan with this primer. I keep it with me at all times as it helps give the skin a flawless finish.