In Jennette McCurdy’s latest article on Seventeen Magazine, she gives her top 3 tips to girls might overthink on what to do for their first date. She prefers to keeps it simple which not only helps make you feel/look good but more importantly being as comfortable as possible.
We’ve all worried about that moment… that melodramatic, panicking, what-am-I-gonna-wear-to-my-date-tonight/to-see-my-crush-tonight moment. In a few of my own instances, that moment has spawned rigorous same-day shopping trips and multiple closet scours in the hours leading up to the main event. It seems no outfit fits right, looks right, feels right, IS right. And you are right. You know why?
Because of every girl’s worst enemy: overthinking. When it’s crunch time, time to impress, it seems impossible to settle on a cute look. It doesn’t matter how many other days we can throw on our favorite pair of jeans and look great, it just doesn’t work out this way on date night. This crunch time also happens to be the time we smudge our mascara, put on too much blush, or forget our keys. We get the shakes, the jitters, the willies (I don’t know what the willies are, I just made that up), and we can’t help but overthink to the point where we do ourselves damage. So how do we fix this?
Well, after my date look disasters from when I was sixteen/seventeen (there’s no need to put etc. since I definitely didn’t have any disasters whatsoever after that), I decided to take matters into my own hands and get control of myself. I was NOT going to let my stupid overthinking interfere with me looking any way but my absolute best. Here’s how:
1. I have three different date outfits prepped and ready to go, fresh in my closet at all times. I have an amusement park/active date look, a cute dinner/movie look, and a dress with heels for a nicer dinner/event look. This way, I always know I’m prepared.
2. Secondly, I have a standard makeup routine that I do for dates. I don’t try any fancy tricks, because dates are not the time for that—unless you have the hands of a wizard, mistakes are bound to happen! It’s better to stick with something classic. For me, I apply Dior foundation, a little Clinique concealer, Gleam bronzer to my cheekbones, Inglot lip gloss, the tiniest stroke of Lorac eyeliner, and two coats of Benefit mascara. Super simple and I can do it in seven minutes—doesn’t get better than that!
3. I implement the same rule for hair as I do for makeup: don’t try anything crazy/keep it simple. I know that washing my hair the day-of works really well for me, because if I sleep on my hair, it needs a lot of taming in order for me to look less like a cavewoman. So on the morning of the date, I wash my hair, apply some leave-in product, blow dry, and then run a straightener through it. Nothing crazy, but I’m 100% comfortable and feel good about myself.
After seeing these tips you might say, “But Jennette! These tips all have to do with appearance! You’re practically the spokesperson for putting other priorities before appearance.” First off, are you calling me ugly? Second off, I absolutely endorse personality over appearance. However, when it comes to going on a date, I’m pretty sure there’s no denying that we all get a little obsessive about how we look on them. My hope is that these tips help you to create a basic template for your look that you can duplicate over and over again without worry. Because worrying belongs to other, more important things.
I hope these little tips helped you—they helped me so much with my “dating game.” If they don’t help you, do I still get points for trying? A hug maybe? No? I’ll leave…