You’re not going to grab her attention just because you remembered to brush your teeth. (Although it’s definitely important!)
“Women are all about details,” says Sandra Nygaard, Men’s Health Fashion and Grooming Director. “It can make or break a first impression in about 10 seconds.”
While what catches her eye varies from woman to woman, here are five universal things that can make (or break) her opinion of you in an instant.
1. Nose, Ear, and Eyebrow Hair
Not able to tell where one eyebrow ends and the other begins? You better believe she’ll notice.
That extends to other areas of the face where stubborn hairs sprout up, too—like the nose and ears.
In fact, we surveyed women readers last year, and found they’re more likely to chat up a guy with terrible breath than one with visible nose hair.
Now imagine the possibilities if you have great breath and not a nose hair in sight?
Your move: Take care of wild eyebrows with slant-tip tweezers that grab the hair and remove it with almost no pain at all. We like these from Tweezerman.
As for the nose and ears: If you can see hair, you should groom it. Philips Multigroom is the multitasking tool that’s a great addition to any medicine cabinet. It has a special nose detailer to make getting rid of those hairs a breeze.
Your mouth is another key focal point for women—and it makes sense, since she’s often eye level or sitting right across from you at a table.
Two hundred female readers weighed in on what about the opposite sex catches their eyes. The No. 2 thing she notices is your smile, followed by your teeth at No. 3.
Smiling also makes you seem more trustworthy, according to University of Pittsburgh researchers. Make her feel comfortable from the get-go by flashing your pearly whites.
Your Move: Whiten up. Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening Baking Soda and Peroxide Toothpaste effectively removes stains for cleaner, whiter teeth, according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry.
3. Neck Hair
Women immediately notice when someone’s got a clean neckline, says Greg Savarese, co-owner of 316 Club, a men’s grooming spa in Chicago.
“They’re so detail oriented about their own grooming, they extend this close inspection to men as well,” he says.
Overgrown neck hair can seriously throw off your look—and you’ve got to pay even closer attention when you’ve got a longer hairstyle. Otherwise, you risk looking like an overgrown mountain man.
Your Move: Stop by your barber for neck touch ups in between cuts. They cost just a fraction of a normal cut and drastically extend the time between trims.
Professional and personal relationships start with a handshake—so it’s vital to keep yours up to par, Savarese says. No woman wants to hold hands with a guy whose nails look like he’s been foraging in the forest for months.
Your move: Muster up the courage to visit a nail salon. Don’t be gun-shy about manicures. They mostly involve getting your hands and arms massaged, with a little clean-up along the way.
If you’d prefer not to have a clear topcoat applied to your nails, just ask them to focus on your cuticles and a quick cleaning and buffing of your nails.
“Women notice when you have too much product,” Savarese says.
And we’re not just talking cologne. Pay attention to the strong-scented body wash you use after your gym session, too.
Make sure a whiff of the stuff won’t knock her over. Certain fragrance-heavy soaps are overkill—a little goes a long way.
Your Move: Be sure to go for a body wash that’s simple and not overly scented, like the fresh-scented Kiehl’s Body Fuel All-In-One Energizing Wash.
By: Moira Lawler; image: Shutterstock