At some point after, say, age 8, preparing for formal occasions becomes a fate that falls on the fear meter somewhere between public speaking and death. Any way you slice it, getting all dolled up isa hassle. And while you’ve hopefully given up the clip-on and cummerbund, there are now more adult issues to consider: hair, facial hair, teeth, and breath, to name a few. Sure, these dos and don’tsare good ideas on any occasion, but they’re an absolute must when the red carpet gets rolled out.
Do- Remove jewelry
Did you disobey mom and dad in high school with a couple of diamond studs? Go toa few too many college coffee houses where nose rings seemed like a good idea? When it’s time to suit up on a special day, ditch the metal adornments. And if your choice of piercing isn’t readilyremovable, you may want to think about a more permanent solution or reach for a box of Band-Aids.
Don’t- Shave at the last minute
If you want to shave at the 11th hour, think again. You run the risk ofnicks, scratches and nasty irritation. Freshly shaved skin rubbing against a shirt collar for a few hours won’t help matters, either. Instead, try shaving the day before to allow enough time for theskin to rest. But if you’re the kind of guy who develops a five o’clock shadow before noon, book an appointment for a professional shave that cuts closer and lasts longer.
Do- Remove rogue hairsSpider legs hanging out of your nose, ear hairs a la grandpa and a unibrow? This is no way to show up to the gym, let alone a formal event. Invest in a simple pair of grooming scissors to snip away thosegnarly nose and ear hairs. Just don’t go crazy: the visible hairs are the only ones you need to be concerned about (the ones working behind the scenes actually serve a purpose). The same is true foryour eyebrows. Lay down some cash for a good tweezer (around $15) and only pluck the strays. When they’re too chiseled -- or worse, whittled away to pencil-thin lines -- you might as well trade in...
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