DATE-NIGHT GROOM­ING

WHETHER IT’S A FIRST EN­COUNTER OR A MANDA­TORY RO­MANCE STRAT­EGY IN AN EX­IST­ING RE­LA­TION­SHIP, FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS ARE AS CRU­CIAL AS EVER TO WHAT­EVER OUT­COME YOU’RE VY­ING FOR.

GQ (Australia) - - STYLE -

1 Mouth guards

Be­yond the nor­mal den­tal hy­giene, which can help a date sink or soar, you may need to go the ex­tra mile in terms of shine and fresh­ness. The Blaq ‘Teeth Whiten­ing Wand’, $19.95, uses ac­ti­vated char­coal to turn up the smile wattage. Ap­ply a thin layer, wait 20 min­utes, rinse and beam. For added al­lure, pop a Lush ‘Mouth­wash Tab’, $11.95 (30 tabs), on to your tongue. They dis­solve al­most in­stantly, are avail­able in three flavours (try Crème de Men­the) and are su­per-handy when your tooth­brush isn’t. blaq.co;lush.com.au

2 Easy on the scent

Re­peat af­ter us: less is more. Let’s say your date is at 7pm. The prime time to ap­ply scent is 5pm. You want two hours to let it di­min­ish in in­ten­sity and set­tle on your skin so that the base and mid notes be­gin to de­velop. Stuck for a sug­ges­tion? Comme des Garçons Gosha Rubchin­skiy EDT, $108 (100ml), is the brain­child of the name­sake Rus­sian de­sign wun­derkind and in­cludes an­gel­ica root, blue chamomile and buchu, among a host of other un­usual notes. mecca.com.au

3 Bronze up

Even in win­ter, you know you look bet­ter with a tan and so does she/he/ they. Keep things sub­tle with Char­lotte Til­bury ‘Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask’, $76 (50ml). Ap­ply the night be­fore and you’ll wake up not only bur­nished but also dry enough to wear a white shirt with­out worry. char­lot­tetil­bury. com/au

4 Get your trim on

Nose hair, ear hair and pu­bices – these three horse­men of the groom­ing apoc­a­lypse need to be wran­gled, stat. As does the neck area. Get the Braun ‘Male Groom­ing Kit 9 in 1’, $119, which fea­tures at­tach­ments that will do the job from head to toe. Speak­ing of which… trim those nails, too – hands and feet. shaver­shop.com.au

5 Wash and style hair

Be­fore reap­ply­ing hair prod­uct, ask your­self: Have I ap­plied to­day? And have I show­ered since do­ing so? If you an­swered yes then no, then stop. To avoid prod­uct over­load, just run damp fin­gers through hair to re­ac­ti­vate prod­uct, then re­shape for an easy, af­ter-dark fin­ish.

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