The Perfect Tan

The Perfect Tan

November's beauty guru is James Read, the expert spray-tanner that all the beauty editors and celebrities have on speed dial. He's just opened a luxury tanning room at the Agua Spa at the Sanderson Hotel in London, and here shares his tips on how to achieve the perfect wedding tan.

Tell us a bit about yourself...
I've been tanning clients for over seven years now and my work backstage at high profile events including the Oscars, Grammy and Brit Awards has allowed me to work with top celebrities, such as Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. In September 2009 I began working with Agua at Sanderson creating bespoke tanning treatments.

What does a typical week involve?
I spend the majority of my week at Agua tanning my clients. I also travel to meet with celebrity clients, either on location at magazine shoots or preparing to walk the red carpet. I can be called at all hours for last minute requests so no week is the same!

Do you have a favourite tanning brand?
St Tropez. The products are amazing and I can achieve the right shade of tan. I also love Natura Bisse skincare. Their Oxygen facials are perfect for brides prior to their weddings.

How should you go about finding a great spray-tanning salon?
They should all come to see me! Otherwise, I would recommend visiting St Tropez's website to find the nearest salon in their area.

What are your at-home prepping tips before going for your salon spray-tan?
Exfoliate the skin (that morning or the night before) to remove dead skin and any old tan remains. Also use an exfoliating moisturiser in the days leading up to the tan, like ReVive's Moisture Renewal Cream. But remember - it's important not to have any moisturiser on the skin before you have a tan or the tanning product won't sit well.

What are the most important things to do (and not to do) straight after being tanned?
Leave the tan on overnight: the skin heats up while you're asleep and the tan penetrates more deeply. Although if you want a light tan, wash it off after six hours. Avoid washing your hands for at least four hours: otherwise you'll have brown arms and white hands! I'd also recommend wearing loose fitted clothing.

Are there any way of making it last longer?
Moisturising the skin daily will increase the tan's staying power. Or top up the tan daily with a gradual tanner like St Tropez Everyday. This is a great product to take away with you on honeymoon.

Book a tan with James Read at Agua at The Sanderson - call 020 7300 1414 (full body tans from £50)

Hair SOS!

Hair SOS!

Going through the BRIDESMAGAZINE.CO.UK Chat Room today and hearing all your dilemmas at the recent National Wedding Show and Designer Wedding Show, there's one topic that keeps coming up: what to do with your hair. Like with your dress, it's really important that you match yourself to the style of your wedding. To point you in the right direction, here are my four key tips:

- If you're having an elegant, traditional ceremony, and reception in a lavish marquee or hotel ballroom, opt for something polished and perfect, with a great tiara, comb or pin. Think red carpet, beautifully crafted and 'special occasion' glamorous hair.

- A laidback, outdoorsy garden party suits a softer look, such as angelic tousles or loose twists and plaits, pulled together with a gentle accessory like a flower corsage, a small crystal clip or Alice band.

- Once you've figured out your wedding hair vibe, choose the general shape of your style: up (high), up (low), down or half-up. Bring some Kirby grips with you to your next dress fitting. See what looks best with your neckline by quickly styling your hair into those four shapes.

- Now when you go for your trial, you'll know the basic style you want. Use the appointment to perfect the finer details, such as the shape of the chignon twist or the position of your half-up knot - and bring with you any accessories, such as your veil or tiara and a photo of your dress. Meanwhile, tear out pictures from magazines of hairstyles you like to give your hairdresser a visual guide.

Best Face Forward

Best Face Forward

If you want to not only look radiant but also soothe away any pre-wedding jitters, try a facial from Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Beauty Spa. The in-depth consultation and relaxing treatment gives miraculous results, leaving even the most stressed skin glowing long beyond they honeymoon. Treatments are nationwide and the Organic Beauty Spa on London's King's Road is offering 20% of treatments throughout October.

Meet The Estée Lauder Maestros

Meet The Estée Lauder Maestros

Winter brides need a glamorous make-up look and we've found the perfect event that will teach you how to achieve it. From today until October 28, the Estée Lauder counter in Selfridges Oxford Street will be manned by a team of top international make-up artists who will take you by the hand and help you create a stunning tailor-made look.
If you're thinking of doing your own wedding make-up it's a great opportunity to ask all those burning questions, get a perfect-match foundation and gather tips on how to keep your make-up looking fresh from aisle to dancefloor.
The event is to celebrate this season's super sexy Estée Lauder campaign Rich, Red and Noir (pictured - gorgeous!) - think smoky sooty eyes and a sophisticated red pout - and if that's the kind of look you want to rock at your wedding they can show you how to get it too.
And it's not every day you get to meet a make-up maestro! These experts produce the world's most important beauty looks, from glossy magazine covers to couture catwalk shows and major advertising campaigns. Here's who'll be on counter:

Makeup Philosophy: Makeup is a visual effect, a trick of the eye. Why can't women add a little special effect to their everyday lives? My goal is to help them learn how.

Makeup Philosophy: I believe makeup can transform someone's appearance so that she not only looks beautiful, but feels beautiful. I am passionate about listening to the customer and creating a look suited to them.

Makeup Philosophy: I share my passion, putting it within reach of all women. Everything becomes easy, because I personalise each piece of advice. I am concerned with the well-being that a woman feels thanks to her makeup; I always listen to a woman's desires and help her to embody them.

Makeup Philosophy: I want to empower women to feel beautiful in all situations by adding new life with colour.

Visit or call the Estée Lauder counter in Selfridges Oxford Street on 020 7318 3702 to book your appointment today. A booking fee of £20.00 applies which is redeemable against Estée Lauder purchases made during the event.