Make HIM say WOW – Beauty Tips
When getting ready for a date, the romance, excitement, butterflies, anticipation and wanting to impress can mean that we get carried away. We decide to try a new hairstyle, makeup, dress sense or persona in an attempt to impress, but what we forget is that he asked you out because he likes you. In the words of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones “just the way you are.” Simple!
Here are top ten tips on how to do the sexiest hair and makeup for your date:
1. Don’t have a dramatic change of hair cut/colour pre-date!
He likes you the way you are! If you have a regular hairdresser you trust, get him or her to pop in some big Velcro rollers or have a lovely wash and blow-dry.
2. Don’t have a facial…
…. the day before your date. Generally facials are best done a few days before, in case of any little break-outs…
3. Take the occasion into consideration
You don’t want to be over-done or under-done. If it’s ‘a surprise’ – and let’s face it, most of us hate those kind of dates – then find a happy medium (and take a small makeup bag with you, just in case! Good idea to always keep a small travel toothbrush and toothpaste set in there too…)
4. After your bath or shower…
…put plenty of body moisturiser/oil on as this will ensure the skin to be fully moisturised. Don’t forget elbows and feetand décolletage!
5. Make sure you look like ‘you’
You want to make sure that the make-up you wear is ‘you’. If you get all done up for your date and it doesn’t even resemble how you normally prefer to wear your make-up, you’ll be sending a false impression to your date and will inevitably feel very uncomfortable and unable to fully relax. You’ve bagged the date because he likes you the way you are! While it’s great to add a few extra touches to really enhance yourself, don’t go for a complete opposite look of that that you normally use. Unless you happen to wear red lipstick, bright blue nail varnish and black eyeliner on a regular basis, then leave the drama behind!
6. Prep Eyes
Pop some eye-drops in to make sure they are sparkly – I absolutely love EyeDew Dazzling Blue.
7. Your base
Your makeup look begins beneath your foundation. Pluck, Prime and Conceal, ensuring a perfect canvas for your first-date look. If your skin is prone to shine, then use an oil-free primer. A good lip balm is essential – I’m a big fan of Lucas PawPaw and always have a tube of it in my handbag: once applied rub a cotton bud over your lips as this will help massage it in.
A fresh natural skin is always a winner. Unless it’s ‘you’, don’t go heavy on the foundation – it’s considered the biggest ever turn off for men. Enhance your best features. A great blusher is Nars Orgasm – it’s perfect for any skin tone and it’s their most iconic shade for cheeks, giving a natural, healthy-looking colour that immediately brightens your complexion. My personal favourite mascara is Lancôme Définicils (lengthens) or Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes (Volumises) – after using eyelash curlers (the Shu Uemura one
9. Touch-up makeup discreetly
Old fashioned I know, but try and keep makeup touch-ups to ‘the little girl’s room’. Powdering your nose or re-applying lipstick/gloss in front of your date destroys the illusion of “natural” and can seem a little high-maintenance.
10. Go easy on the perfume
While you definitely do want to make sure you smell good for your first date, try not to overload yourself. Spray into the air and ‘walk into it’, this will allow the scent to lightly fall on you rather than liberally spritzing neck, wrists and décolletage etc. You probably won’t really know what types of scents your date finds attractive and if you happen to choose one that doesn’t appeal to him and you smell like you’ve marinated yourself in the stuff, then this could really impact how long he wants to stay near you! Quick end to a potentially good date!