How To Make A Good First Impression

How to make a good first impression

 

The saying that “first impressions last” is not just a cliché—most of the time, it’s the truth. First impressions determine whether your future boss will like you or give you a hard time, or whether there will be a second (or third) date with a potential partner. Of course, it’s inappropriate to be judgmental within the first second you meet someone, but an opinion will always be formed nonetheless. How important are first impressions? In a study conducted by Princeton University it was found that snap judgments have 70% accuracy, even if done within one-tenth of a second.

You’ll always want to put your best foot forward, so that you can land your dream job or snag the perfect partner who’ll frequently surprise you with a M&S  bouquet of the month. Forbes.com gave us tips on how to make a killer first impression. First, set a goal—know what impression you want to create for yourself. Next, be mindful of your body language, from your posture to body angles. Also, if you’re having a bad day, better stay home because others are likely to pick up on your negative vibes. Finally, you have to be interested in the people you’re about to meet, and conversely, be interesting yourself.

Another important factor is your appearance. Your clothes, accessories, and makeup are taken into account when people meet you for the first time. Therefore, take care that your dress sends the correct message across, and that you’re not overly accessorized, bordering on gaudy. Simple is the best way to go, especially for your makeup. It’s safe to put on subtle and classic hues when applying cosmetics. For instance, use products such as Mac Paint Pot (Painterly), Loreal Visible Lift Foundation (Natural Buff), Mac Lipglass (Caqui), Benefit Bronzer (Hoola), Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara, The Balm Eyeshadow Palette (Nude Tude), Tarina Tarantino Eyedream Highlight Duo (Amber/Elektron), and Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer (Cream). After applying your moisturizer and exfoliant, place the foundation on your face with a brush, followed by some concealer under the eyes. Do your eyelids next, applying a primer first before your eyeshadow. Curl your lashes, then apply mascara. Lastly, apply your lipstick and lipglass. 



This article was contributed by one of my partners.