You've been scoping him out for weeks, maybe months. You practiced talking to him in front of your mirror, finding the absolute perfect way to say, "Hey, I'm Melissa..." When you finally had the guts to actually speak to him face-to-face, he asked you out! Eek! Here is some first date advice to guide you. First Date Advice — Preparation Preparing for a first date evokes a lot of feelings: stress, anxiety, but most of all, excitement! It could take a few days to prepare, so if a guy asks you out on Thursday for a date on Friday, say, "I'm sorry, but I already have plans. Maybe next weekend?" It's not only about preparation, but he needs to understand that you have a life and you can't drop everything to hang out with him. First Date Advice — Waxing and Plucking Anything that needs to be waxed should be done so two or three days before. The same goes for plucking. If you wait until the big night to start tweezin' your eyebrows, you risk having big red stripes above your eyes. First Date Advice — Makeup If you're not the most makeup-capable person, test it out first. Most importantly, don't overdo it. You can even personalize your makeup color choices according to eye color and skin tone. First Date Advice — Outfit The day before your date, try out a few outfits from your closet and try to choose one that you like. Don't pick anything confusing or too busy because you want to feel comfortable and not have to think about straps falling or strapless bras heading south! Dress appropriately for your date. If you're going to a nice restaurant, don't wear jeans. Jeans are a good choice for a batting cage or mini golf. If you're going to the movies, bring a sweater, as they often get a bit chilly. First Date Advice — Plans Call your guy the day before to nail down plans. He SHOULD have plans! If he doesn't, suggest something. Make sure you know exactly what time he'll pick you up or when you'll meet him. First Date Advice — Essentials Pack your purse! If you have your period, make sure you pack Tampax tampons and/or Always pads and pantiliners. Tampax Compak come in the usual absorbencies, but are discreet enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Always Ultra Thin are small enough to fit unnoticed in the zip compartment of your cutest handbag. It's better to be prepared than have a totally embarrassing accident! You might be a bit nervous and start sweating. Get a travel-size deodorant, and put it in your bag so you can do touchups in the bathroom. Check out www.Secret.com to choose a clear deodorant, so you don't get any embarrassing marks on your shirt. Throw in some money (about $40 –50), your cell or quarters, a compact to do some mid-date touchups, and you're set! First Date Advice — Day of Date The day of the date, take a nice, relaxing bath. The steam from the bath will make your skin glow. Shave the appropriate parts and don't forget deodorant! Secret also makes great body sprays that will make you smell absolutely delicious! First Date Advice — Notify Tell your parents or your roommate your plans so they'll know when to expect you home. If your parents insist you check in at some point during the date, do it! You don't have to be embarrassed by telling your date that you have to call the 'rents —just excuse yourself from the table and call from your cell in the bathroom. First Date Advice — Most Importantly When you're on the date, relax and be yourself! Don't put on a show or feel like you have to make yourself seem more interesting or exciting than you really are. He asked you out because he likes YOU! Don't let him initiate every conversation. Ask him questions about what he does for fun, about his job, about his school —whatever! Just have fun and use all of this first date advice!
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