Makeup Fairy Jessica's Top 5 Ways to Flirt...With Your Cosmetics
The cosmetic industry has always understood the importance of makeup in relation to attracting the opposite sex—but do you? You may be surprised to learn just how much makeup can affect others' perception of you. Women look healthier and more confident when seen wearing makeup than without. This, in turn, catches the attention of guys. So, open your makeup bag and maximize your flirting potential with these tips and tricks.
Bling Bling: Men are attracted to eyes that light up and sparkle. Adding a hint of Glamorous Cosmetics Glitter Eyeliner ($4) to the inner corner of your eyes (above the tear duct) gives the illusion that your eyes are twinkling. Men associate that twinkle with flirting and strong emotions like love. Generally, people in love hold eye contact longer while conversing. So, as your eyes sparkle away, remember to look into his eyes, and he will for sure be falling for you before you know it!
Flirty Flush: Rosy cheeks are a strong indicator of sexual interest. When an emotional state is triggered, blood flows to your cheeks, causing a flush of color known as "blushing." Blushing is caused by the arousal of the sympathetic nerve, which is also known for causing other visible body reactions, such as sweaty palms and a faster heartbeat. Sound familiar? It has been said that women started wearing rouge on their cheeks to imitate the look of a natural sexual flush. If blushing is a sign of attraction and you have your eye on a hottie, fake it with a little blush. Pay close attention the next time you're at the gym or simply pinch your cheek to get the placement and shade of your flirty flush just right. I like Stila's Custom Color Blush ($20).
Wink, Wink: Your lashes can be your best accessory when it comes to flirting. Yes, more power than your pumps, or your miniskirt! Batting your lashes is an evolutionary sign of attraction, and an easy way to get his attention and hold it. Wearing dark mascara will always give you an extra oomph to your femininity and confidence. For a real flirty look, false eyelashes are the way to go. I prefer corner lashes, like the ones in Ardell Accents Lashes 305 ($3.49). Corner lashes are my absolute favorite for flirting. They'll give you a sexy, yet youthful uplifted look to your eyes. Lower your head, look up, and playfully bat those lashes.
Glitter Kisses: For centuries, women have painted their lips to enhance their appeal, and there is a reason for this. A recent study actually shows that men's eyes are drawn to a woman's lips within the first 10 seconds of meeting her. The study also found that when women wore lipstick, men gazed at their lips for an average of 7 seconds. However, when women went without lipstick the men were tired of looking at their lips after 2.2 seconds.
This study proves women who wear color on their lips have significantly greater levels of attraction than those who do not. So, for lips that say "kiss me," all you need is a little color and a sexy moist pout. My fave trick is adding a soft shimmer lipgloss, like Glamorous Cosmetics' La Tutu ($5.50), to the center of your lips after applying lipstick—try Glamorous Cosmetics' Juicy Melons ($6)—to get an almost 3-D pout. If you're out on the town, drink with a straw to draw more attention to your mouth. Just avoid smudging that pretty lipstick!
Are you lookin at me?: Without even knowing it, when we first see someone we're attracted to, our eyebrows rise and fall. This is known as the Eyebrow Flash. This sweet little move lets the other person know you're interested in them by drawing attention to your face. Marilyn Monroe mastered this look by lowering her eyelids and simultaneously raising her brows. Sometimes we get so caught up in the "smokey eye" that we forget to groom our brows. So before you go Eyebrow Flashing, brush your brows, fill them in where necessary and set them in place. e.l.f's Studio Eyebrow Treat & Tame ($3) is really great for this!
There you have it! Remember to use cosmetics to mimic the physiological changes that occur when a woman is attracted to a man. When you give that doe-eyed look—making your man feel wanted—he sees you as more attractive and wants "more." However you choose to get your flirt on, be genuine, smile and have fun! Go get 'em!