When it comes to achieving the perfect summer glow, UK tanning specialist James Read is well-placed to offer advice—he’s been honing his skills for the past 15 years, creating that just-returned-from-a-vacation look on bodies as fabulous as Lady Gaga and Rosie Huntington Whiteley. And it all happened by accident, when he was working at a department store selling tanning products. “One day someone rang in sick and there was no-one to do the spray tan so I took over and did it—I was definitely self-taught,” he says. He had found his calling. Read opened his own salon not long after and fast forward to 2010, his signature line James Read Tan was born—the collection inspired by golden girl Farah Fawcett and all about achieving “a natural looking tan”. On a recent visit to Australia, Read dropped by MECCA HQ to share his top tanning dos and don’ts.