Potential Mr Right has noticed you and asked you out on a date.
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In the excitement, read first date butterflies, many women fall into the trap of going overboard with their makeup. Looking like the joker out of a batman movie will definitely not help your chances of getting to the second date.
Crafting the perfect look is easier than it sounds. Here are a number of tips that should help you along the way.
1. Focus on the occasion
Consider the time and place. Wearing a dark smokey eye look can make you appear over the top for a brunch at noon yet will turn heads at an evening cocktail.
2. Go for what you know
Never try a new look on a first date. Chances are it could go very wrong. Blame it on Murphy's law. Same goes for new products.
3. Pick a good powder
A good powder will help you look natural and keep your face from shinning bright like a diamond.
Use a high quality powder that sets in well with your skin tone.
4. Magnify your lashes
Guys like girls with pretty eyes, so go crazy with the mascara. Feel free to wear 23 coats to make your eyes pop.
5. Check your teeth
Make one or two stops to the bathroom to make sure you don't have any lipstick on your teeth.
6. Touch up discreetly
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Keep touch ups relegated to ladies' rooms only. Powdering your nose in front of your date destroys the illusion of "natural" — and can seem a little high-maintenance. Let's face it, we want the guy to think we rolled out of bed this morning looking all dolled up.
Remember, getting your make up right and looking good is more for you than for your date.
Looking good will do wonders for your confidence and reveal the beautiful, warm, fun to be with person you are.
Ruth 'Ruthie' Kinuthia is a make-up professional and founder of Makeup by Ruthie.