Preparing for a Lingerie Casting

bikini bodyI did a written post a while back about how I prepared for a lingerie casting, and once the archives have been rebuilt I shall link to that from this page. But I thought I’d also do a video – mostly because the Youtubers have been naggling for one and I thought that it was about time I gave in to demand! So here’s a little video all about the things that I do before a big casting – most of it is just common sense, but there’s so little of that around these days that it might make for a refreshing change!

I will write more about my eating habits very soon – it’s something that needs a little thought as I can imagine that whatever I say there will be someone who has a problem with it. It’s pretty much a minefield of a subject, especially when you’re a model and in a position to potentially influence others. I regard my eating habits as entirely normal and healthy, so I’m not too concerned, but still, I want to think carefully about how I approach it.

For now, you have to make do with me chuntering on about breasts and fake tan! All of the products mentioned are linked to below the video pane for more shade/pricing info. I promise that I will be back with some non-video posts very soon – I’ve had a run of very busy days and am writing this at 1am. The loss of the archives and about two weeks worth of scheduled posts has been something of a setback!

Calvin Klein Bra:

 Gadi 21 Minerals Body Scrub:

 Sienna X Gradual Tan, £15

 2True Nail Polish in Shade 9, Superdrug

 l’Occitane Almond Body Cream:

 Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish:

 Liz Earle Brightening Treatment:

 StriVectin Eye SD Cream:

 YSL Top Secrets Skin Flash Brush:

 Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer:

 By Terry Cover-Expert Shade 9:

 Chanel Soleil de Tan Bronze Universal:

 Dior Rosy Glow Blush:

 Laura Mercier Illuminator (last season)

 Burberry Shadow in Midnight Brown:

 Avon Glimmerstick:

 DJV Mascara:

 Jemma Kidd Glosstick in Bridgetown:



  1. Oh yes. It wasn’t until I had my first child that my body no longer retained the shape it was supposed to be. Now, even though I am proportional, and still have curves, my abs and my thighs are… shall we say…..swollen. And the cellulite on my legs prevent me from ever wearing shorts or a bikini. Ever. Pity, really. And I do hot yoga on a regular basis.

    So please, as much as we enjoy your makeup videos videos such as this and the recipes (fab, btw) are greatly appreciated. Actually, all of your videos are greatly appreciated! T/Y for sharing your wealth of information, Ruth!

    • My pleasure, Suzi! It is a pity, yes – but I’m sure the precious babies are worth it! xx (please say yes!)

  2. Hey Ruth, first of all, I think you have the perfect body! Not like most models nowadays who are so flat-chested and androgynous. You’re v feminine, love that.

    Now, I have a question regarding self-tanners. I am very, very pale, Snow-White like and last summer I was obsessed with getting some colour and since my skin is too sensitive to actually sunbathe, I thought self-tanners were the best option. I used mostly Saint Tropez and the likes but no matter how much I exfoliated, prepped my skin and moisturise it, I still got orange stains and I found it horrible. Do you think the Sienna x is safe to use every night? And how do you use it: apply moisturiser right before the gradual tanner, exfoliate every night? Do you have other favourites as well?

    Thank you

    • @Sabina why don’t you try one of the graduals for really fair skin – I think Garnier do one, do they? There’s definitely one I saw in Boots the other day – it would just give you a veryt light colour! And they are foolproof – just remember to wash your hands afterwards! xx

  3. thanks Ruth (I posted and then couldn’t find the post, duh). I have ordered the 30C and now it’s arrived. It is fine I think – quite snug around my back but I think that’s good. It does however make my boobs look massive. I could probably get away with a 30D (which is quite a shocker!).
    Had a very ropey few months and feel as if I’ve aged about 100 years, but fingerscrossed it is all OK now. Hope you are completely well now too!

    • Oh God, I know the aged-100-years feeling! Yes, all good now. I have my fingers permanently crossed for you. xx

  4. Quick question if I may – have had months of breast problems which seem to have been resolved (kisses nearest rabbit foot) and I can now wear proper bras again. I’ve treated myself to an Agent Provocateur one, but now I want to treat myself to the calvin klein seductive comfort customised lift one to wear under semisheer t-shirts without nipple action. I have to order online and am very uncertain what bra size to get: I am just under 30 inches under breast. Is Calvin Klein one of those brands where you have to add 4 inches etc to get the right bra size? I have tried on 32 inch and 34 inch bras before but they were huge. Or can I order a 30?
    What do you think?

    • @Flick OK. Well I’m a 32DD in most brands and I wear a 32DD with this. It’s just about perfect, but if I had to say whether it leaned towards large or small, I’d say that it would be more snug than loose! Does that help? It’s about the same sizing as Elle McP Intimates, I reckon! Hope you’re all OK now – that sounds terrible. I am kissing the nearest rabbit foot for you! x

  5. Hi Ruth! Where do you buy Sienna X gradual tan, online and on the high street too?

    • @Aimee if you Google it about a zillion stockists come up! Just choose the cheapest, it’s all the same product. Mine was from Harrods Urban Retreat x

  6. I’m so pleased to hear you offering sensible advice about diet and weight. The modelling industry has a (justified I think) bad rep in that area. Your gorgeous proof that a girl can have a successful modelling career without having to resort harmful lifestyle practices.

    • @Ali thank you. It does have a very bad rep, but there are lots of healthy and fit girls.. They just don’t make a good story, I suppose! x

  7. Hi Ruth – love this video and some great tips. I also love the top you are wearing in the vid – great colour. Where is it from? Thanks x

  8. Just a huge thank you for being brave enough for putting this up. I am very unlikely to ever model underwear, but there are some great tips here for looking your best :)

    Plus you look very healthy- thin but healthy thin. This is such a good message to send out to young girls who are thinking of modeling. Thank you for doing somehting so postive xx

  9. I’d like to buy By Terry sheer expert for a long time but I don’t know which shade I should buy :( Unfortunately there isnt any counter where I live so I have to buy online. Could you please recommend which shade I should buy? I’m in between Burberry foundation 04 & 05 or NC25-NC30. Many thanks!!
    Oh and I love all of your skin care videos! I usually watch old videos talking about certain products..

  10. i also use the by terry cover foundation, do you us a primer with it and which one?
    have you tried the sheer cover version and if you have which primer would you recommend under that?
    do you user a setting powder over foundation?
    I have really good skin, but being a busy mum i look very tired :-(
    how do you apply the chanel bronzing cream?
    lots of questions :-)

    • @Kirsten don’t really prime with either, but if you look at the vid I use the YSL Radiance Brush beforehand, which I suppose is primer-esque! No setting powder but sometimes use a little on the t-zone to remove shine. Bronzing cream is just buffed into the base with fingertips! x

  11. Ruth, i know this is completely irrelevant but my Anthelios sunscreen just balls up like mad when applied over my skincare. Do you have any tips for this? Thank you!

    • @Chelsea what skincare are you using beneath? x

      • @Ruth: I use Pai’s rosehip oil and alternate between Sisley express flower gel and Avene rich compensating cream on top!

        • @Chelsea do you have very dry skin? If not, you don’t really need anything beneath the Anthelios. Especially not the Sisley Gel – I’d say it’s a bit of a waste to put that beneath the sunscreen and go out into the heat! (Only because I’m so precious about mine!) xx

          • @Ruth: unfortunately, I do! I also want to ask your opinion on a good summer moisturiser. I think the Melvita one would be good for me over some kind of light serum. What do you think? xx

          • @Chelsea yes, it’s lovely, but no SPF in it… depends how many layers you want going on! x

  12. Ruth, please tell your mum that her audience awaits more posts! She’s letting down her fan base! :)

  13. did you get the job?

  14. I absolutely loved this video!! Thanks very much for making it…I also have er, a very intrusive question to ask and it too has had me thinking about for years… Umm, lets say…How do I phrase it? As a model, how often do you, um, (ok, this is unbelievably awkward!! SORRY!!!) do some grooming in the area where Eve has a fig leaf over? I’M SO SORRY that I’m so inarticulate about it! But I can only imagine that it’s something regular you have to do and obv clients wouldn’t want to see anything pretruding out sideways from their underwear! I personally have experienced something to do with grooming in that area (the biggest country in South America that involved a sticky subtance) and it was terribly painful so I’d just like to know what are you views on that? Is it industry standard to have it done regularly, even for models who don’t shoot underwear? Or is it personal choice, such as, if the client doesn’t mind, anything goes? Again, I apologies in advance if this made you uncomfortable, but I’ve been watching you long enough and trust your opinion and hopefully you can share some of your wisdom with us. Thanks very much x (I’m slightly red faced now!! Ha!)

    • @Helen yes, I did do a post about this ages ago but as the archives are missing…. I use Veet “around the edges” and then trim “the long bits”. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Sorry. Most girls wax, I think, but I’m not hairy enough to warrant the (possible) pain! x

      • Thanks for the reply, glad you can share this sort of awkward humour with me! My friend also suggested using the Veet Bikini wax set to “melt away” the bits, but I wasn’t sure whether it’s safe enough to use in the more delicate areas. I think I might do what you do, just the veet round the edges and trim the long bits! Thanks again, I can’t explain how nice it is to be able to discuss things like that, albeit very awkward and clearly, I wasn’t very articulate at all!

  15. Please consider giving us some ideas of “recipes”. I don’t mean “recipes” per se, but you mentioned an eggplant, Italian-ish stew a while ago and my hubby and I have come up with our version of it and now have this very tasty and healthy dish quite often. I’ve even had it as a side to scrambled eggs and do not miss the sausage or bacon. It’s also quite filling without being heavy. We call it “the model’s recipe” in this house!
    This sort of suggestion is very helpful as our almost-senior brains have trouble thinking up new ways to eat healthy. So easy to get into a rut. So thanks, Ruth!

  16. Gaahhh Ruth, this video has made me love you even more- You are so grounded and down to earth, to be able to speak about how your going to castings and how you are as a model so casually it really proved how lovely you are. Also I know your a model and wear swimwear etc. shouldn’t bother you however fair play for inserting those pictures into the video, very brave, although you did look fabulous in everyone. Hope your feeling better, Kate x

  17. Could you tell me if the Dior blusher is at all shimmery please? I had a look at a counter but it was so messy it was impossible to tell. I love the colour but I am worried it might accentuate my pores:( xx

  18. Romina Elorrieta

    I am really loving all of your tips because I am a model too (well, I am starting or so I think) and I usually don’t have a clue of what to do whenever I’ve had a casting call, so all of this is super useful for me, and a big thanks to you for sharing all of your tips and videos with the girls out there. However, I do have a question regarding photoshoot castings, and it is basically how do you prepare yourself for one of them. Do you just leave your skin bare with no makeup and just a good hydration, or do you do some makeup?. Huggles!!.

    • @Romina the makeup I use in this video is pretty much about the level I’d use for most castings. My skin is usually better though and so normally I wouldn’t use foundation, just a tinted moisturiser! x

  19. Hope the casting gone well!!!!
    I loved this video, totally looking forward other food/diet/im a model and im cool kind of videos!

    I wanted to ask you if you tried the cover expert foundation for ages! I knew you loved the sheer expert but I’d like to know if it is really covering and long lasting for combination to oily skins?


    • @Nancy the cover expert is long lasting. I have combi skin and it works perfectly – with oilier you might want to use a matte primer beneath? x

  20. Ok. This is an intrusive question (sorry) but it’s been bugging me for years. What the heckity heck do models do about periods? Can one menstruate and model?! Surely some perfect-looking shots feature models who are bleeding/bloated and, if so, WHERE ARE THEY HIDING IT?

    • @Picoshof HAHA!!! Yeah, the bloating is a problem. For the other problem, there are Tampax! I will say though, it’s not the most pleasant experience having a period and lingerie modelling. You’re right to be curious! x

  21. Your hair is so pretty in this video! Hope the casting went well.