Pre-Date Tips from a Playboy Writer

Make him yours!Make him yours!Tip #1: Use Perfume
"A recent study at Oxford University revealed that when men were shown a woman's headshot, they rated her as more attractive when the photo was presented along with a pleasant scent," says Suzy McCoppin, columnist for Playboy and dating and sex expert. The take away? Find a scent you love and spritz pre-date on the neck, wrist, and unexpected spots like ankles and underneath your clothes.

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Tip #2: Use Shimmery Lotions
Find a lotion with a bit of sparkle to it or make your own by combining the regular stuff with glittery highlighting powder. "The flecks capture the light and create a youthful, sexy glow," says McCoppin. If you're wearing a low-cut top, don't forget to brush a bronzer on your décolletage- the contour will make your cleavage more defined.

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Tip #3: Squeeze in a Pre-Date Workout
"Strength training, especially ab work, will make feel tighter, firmer, and more confident," says McCoppin. "Also, make sure you stand up straight. Good posture is slimming, coveys confidence, and makes your stomach look flatter and your chest appear larger."

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Tip #4: Practice Your Walk
"Have you ever seen a gorgeous woman stand up, and when she walks she stomps around like a Clydesdale? You need to perfect your walk," says McCoppin. "A good walk is vastly underrated as a means of seduction. Always keep in mind: You're a graceful, powerful, woman. But at the same time, don't overdo it. You're not on a runway!"

Tip #5: Have a Pep Talk
"Using positive affirmations may sound dorky, but it works," says McCoppin. "Anything you say out loud, the unconscious mind digests as truth. So if you say over and over again, 'I'm lovely, sexy and amazing,' you'll start to believe it." And if you start to believe that about yourself, you'll have a way better shot at getting Jake over in the accounting department to notice you.

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Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.