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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: http://tidd.ly/7df72f9

 Gadi 21 Minerals Body Scrub: http://tidd.ly/927a6ae

 Sienna X Gradual Tan, £15

 2True Nail Polish in Shade 9, Superdrug

 l’Occitane Almond Body Cream: http://goo.gl/6x1IL

 Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: http://goo.gl/WfidS

 Liz Earle Brightening Treatment: http://goo.gl/WJd4w

 StriVectin Eye SD Cream: http://tidd.ly/159b3d36

 YSL Top Secrets Skin Flash Brush: http://tidd.ly/f9bba23f

 Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer: http://tidd.ly/65df3252

 By Terry Cover-Expert Shade 9: http://goo.gl/JZGqu

 Chanel Soleil de Tan Bronze Universal: http://tidd.ly/43f4c2b6

 Dior Rosy Glow Blush: http://tidd.ly/1a4900d8

 Laura Mercier Illuminator (last season)

 Burberry Shadow in Midnight Brown: http://goo.gl/d5SOk

 Avon Glimmerstick: http://goo.gl/pYpmZ

 DJV Mascara: http://goo.gl/zM0CS

 Jemma Kidd Glosstick in Bridgetown: http://tidd.ly/10da26f6


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


  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. did you get the job?

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

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