13 Weird Things Many Women Do Before Getting Ready For A Date
I'm going to go ahead and say it: There are loads of weird things many women do before getting ready for a date. So many factors are involved in the meticulous process that is preparing for dinner and drinks with the cutie you've been eyeing from afar for ages. And I think it's safe to say that most of us are a little guilty of throwing logic out the steamy window in favor of giddy excitement.
Personally, I think the most important thing to keep in mind on a first date is staying true to your personality. But since that doesn't usually require much preparation, I make sure I feel and look good. While I go through the typical getting-ready process of outfit, hair, and makeup prep, there's a lot more to it than that. From over-thinking accessories to studying microscopic facial hairs to making sure every strand of head hair is curled the right way, the process centers around feeling fabulous.
So the next time you're getting ready to meet bae for date night, don't be surprised if you find yourself relating to a few (or all) of the things below. I'm willing to bet most humans do weird things when getting ready for date night, but these are some crazies I've experienced firsthand.
1. Wash Up From Head To Toe
Showers are often super quick occasions for washing the most important parts before heading out the door for work. Most of the time, I don't get to exfoliate, condition, or even dry brush because I'm in such a hurry. But when it comes to dates, I take that extra time to get fully ready and wash up from head to toe, usually making two rounds with my loofah. Because you never know where the night will lead you, right?
2. Get Rid Of Unwanted Hairs
So maybe I'm the only one who skimps on showers every once in a while. But I know for a fact I'm not the only one who's lazy about shaving, waxing, or plucking. Let's be real with each other: We're not going through that whole hair removal process if it isn't for a good reason, amirite? So while I'll shave my legs on a regular basis, and handle my armpits occasionally, I never tend to do it all at once. For those who prefer hairlessness, dates tend to be the exception.
3. Struggle To Find Matching Lingerie
Underwear is usually a pull-something-out-of-the-drawer-and-go affair. But when a date is lined up, choosing it can take some extra thought. Your worn-in boxer briefs from freshman year of college and your favorite T-shirt bra aren't exactly ideal for a special night out. Whether you'll be scrounging to find those lacy panties (that you never wear) or you're busy doing laundry in order to wash your nice bras, finding the right set of underthings can be a pain.
4. Try On A Bazillion Outfits
If there's one task that never gets easier when preparing for dates, it's choosing the perfect outfit. From top to toe, your date outfit should make you feel like you're walking down a runway. Considering dates can lead to anything, it makes things quite the struggle.
5. And Another Bazillion Accessories
Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, anklets, clutches, handbags, platforms, stilettos, heels, sneakers, a fanny pack... Really, the possibilities are endless. Before you find the perfect combination of accessories, you're probably going to be trying them all on.
6. Smell Your Armpits
While I'm not one to douse myself with perfume, I don't exactly want to smell bad on a date either. Thus, I will always catch a whiff of my pits before I step out the door.
I rarely floss, but going on a date is the perfect excuse to whip out that coated string and clean all the cracks and crevices in your chompers. Oh, and you may want to brush and use mouth wash as well. You can never be too prepared.
8. Turn On All The Lights To Do Your Makeup
How else are you supposed to do your makeup? While date night lighting is typically dim and romantic, many of us want our faces to be applied flawlessly in the event that we come across some horrid fluorescent lighting on our adventures. Plus, cakey foundation and too much blush are never a good pairing.
9. Hold Your Mouth Wide Open Until Your Mascara Is Perfect
You know this face. Eyebrows high, mouth wide open, looking like a fish out of water. If you don't already do it every time you're applying mascara, you'll definitely do it when preparing for a date. It's practically a requirement to get full, plush, voluminous lashes.
10. Apply 13 Different Kinds Of Lipstick
Some of us like giving extra attention to our lips come date night, but the question is, with what shade? A sexy red á la Taylor Swift? A vampy or nude matte shade inspired by Kylie Jenner? Or perhaps a brightly fun pink that's so very Carrie Underwood? Be prepared to take at least 20 minutes deciding on just one.
11. Take A Dance Break
I'm pretty sure it's impossible to get ready without blasting your favorite playlist. It's time for a well-deserved dance break.
12. Position The Ladies
Chances are you want your ta-tas to look good tonight, and that may take some positioning. Whether you're pulling your pants up as high as they'll go or pulling your shirt down to get just the right amount of cleavage for your liking, you might have to do some readjusting.
13. Take A Lot Of Selfies
Let's be real. We usually don't get dolled up like this all the time, so it's worth photographing the amazing results. Plus, if you're feeling yourself, why not post a gorgeous selfie on Instagram?
Ultimately, lots of weird stuff goes into getting ready for a date. But it's all worth it when you're feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. That is, of course, the most important thing you can aim for when on a date; so making that happens should be your top priority.
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