Whether you’re on your first date or your fiftieth, it’s always important to make an effort. This will probably mean something different to everyone (and that’s fine) but what I’m trying to getting at is that age old saying of ‘you get out what you put in’ is so true. If you don’t make any effort for the occasion, what do you think’s is going to happen? Instead of him dropping his jaw (and potentially his pants), he’s going to be dropping you home – immediately. You want to make a good impression and more importantly you want to have a good time! So, I’ve put together a few tips to help you do that. Stick with me and you’ll be just fine!
TAKE YOUR TIME
There is nothing worse than being rushed when you’re getting ready. You end up stressed out and not looking your best, neither of these are a good start to a date. Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready, I’m talking a couple of hours at least. You can even pencil in time for a cheeky glass of wine (or a shot, pick your poison) before you leave, keep calm and carry on.
START AT THE BEGINNING
I cannot begin to stress the importance of taking care of yourself. Skincare is the name of the game which is something which comes as a surprise to most people. Without good skin, you can’t dream of having good makeup. I want cleanse, tone and moisturise to be your new mantra. Starting with a face mask is the perfect way to get your skin ready for your big night out.
DRESS TO IMPRESS
If you like what you’re wearing, you’re not only going to feel fabulous but you’re going to appear more confident. This applies to both your outfit and makeup! If you are leaving the house feeling that you don’t look your best, there really is no point going at all. I would recommend deciding on what you’re wearing the night before to avoid any last-minute dramas and sticking to tried and tested looks that you know work for you. Trying out a new eye shadow minutes before going out only to find you look like a drag queen happens to me all too often for my liking.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
You want to look great but you also want to fit in, I’m talking about the ultimate embarrassing moment here guys i.e. wearing a ball gown to the cinema. I know they say you can never go wrong with an LBD but you absolutely can. Make sure your look is appropriate to the date, a good rule is to anything too dramatic in the daytime – keep your sultry look the evening.
LIPS OR EYES? LEGS OR BOOBS?
This is an all-round rule for women everywhere. If you’re wearing a killer lip, keep the eye makeup simple and vice versa. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing and especially on first dates you risk giving off the wrong impression. Same rule applies to boobs or legs, never both! You’re dating this guy, you don’t want him to think you’re a prostitute!
To get the very best makeup, you need to understand your skin and yourself. What shape face do you have? What is your skin tone? What kind of skin do you have? What colours suit you? These are all questions that you need to know the answers to in order to match your makeup to you, personally. If you’re struggling then go and see the professionals at the counters in your local department store, they are there to help!
MAKE AN EFFORT
‘There are no ugly women in the world, just lazy ones’, Helen Rubinstein puts it better than I ever could. It might be that you know exactly how to make an effort and look amazing, you just don’t. Maybe you can’t be bothered or would rather spend your time watching Friends re-runs but ultimately, if you can’t be bothered you shouldn’t be going on this date. In long-term relationships especially it’s so easy to lose that initial excitement but romance dies for a reason! For those of you who genuinely don’t know it yet, you can make an effort and you can look amazing! All the tools are at your disposal, you’ve just got to make it happen!
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful, you can thank me by going on that date and showing him exactly how fabulous you are!