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.
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.