In my beauty bag: Ding Rouyin

22:51, Apr 09 2014
STATUESQUE BEAUTY: At 180cm, Doreen towers over most of her Chinese counterparts.

21-year-old Ding Rouyin is such a natural at walking the catwalk in crazily veritiginous heels, it's as though she was born with them on.

Ding, aka 'Doreen', was one of the standout models during last week's iD Dunedin Fashion Week. 

One of ten who travelled to Dunedin specifically to model at the event (and as part of an international collaboration between Otago Polytechnic, the Shanghai University of Engineering Science and 'iD'), she's studying for a Bachelor of Fashion Performance and Planning. 

EASY BREEZY: Doreen prefers to wear minimal make-up, but counts M.A.C, Chanel and Dior among her favourite brands.

Her card lists Armani and Balenciaga as labels Doreen has walked for, but Doreen says the highlights of her modelling career to date is walking for Moschino, and at the recent Samsonite show in Shanghai - the brand's first ever, says Doreen, and the biggest show to be held in Shanghai yet.

We spent time with Doreen backstage after her walkthrough for the iD Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards show, at the Dunedin Town Hall.

"I wear makeup when I have to go to a casting, or if I have a modelling job, otherwise I never wear it.  I am young and my skin doesn't need much makeup, and in China girls never wear makeup unless they have a meeting or a date.


As a student I don't have a lot of money for makeup, so I'll buy a little skincare, foundation or lipstick - just the things I need for a casting.

I have a massage once a month, because as I model I really need to relax my body, my job is hard on it. 

Shoes are often too small for me (I am a 39, but that's quite big by Chinese standards) so my feet are always painful.

In the morning I wash my face with SKII cleanser or Watsons Deep Cleansing Water, and apply some moisturiser - making sure that it contains an SPF in the summer.  I also use Nuxe facial oil and a Chanel facial spritz.

I wash my hair in the shower every two days, but I shower twice a day - I love to shower.  I use 'Fresh' shampoo and conditioner - it's a French brand.  And Hollister lotion on my body, or a Chanel body spray. 

My hair is naturally straight and I blow dry it - I have too much hair!  I use a L'Oreal oil in my hair before I blow-dry it, because my hair is really dry.

I don't have to do my brows.  I always use OPI on my nails, I get them done at a nail bar.  I like silver shades best.

If I have a date I wear Benefit 'That Gal' primer and foundation or a Japanese one called RMK, as well as Dior, M.A.C or Chanel lipstick (orange is my favourite) and Lancome or Chanel mascara.  I use a Japanese makeup pencil on my eyebrows.

I have lots of perfumes but Chanel Coco and Marc Jacobs' Daisy are my favourites.

Chinese girls are not as tall as Europeans.  When I was at school I was the tallest in the class.  The average height is about 168cm and I am 180cm - but nowadays it is easy to find tall men in China."

- As told to Julie Roulston