Monday, September 14, 2009

9 Ways to Look Sexy—Instantly

The best tricks from body-language experts on how to attract who you want, when you want. (From allure magazine - the self-proclaimed "beauty expert" magazine.)

1. Wear red.
Women who dress in red are seen as sexier by men than those who wear white, green, gray, or blue, according to a study at the University of Rochester. They're even 56 percent more likely to get asked out on a date than women in blue.

2. Make eye contact.

"A quick glance communicates interest in a person, and a lingering look moves it a step further," says Beverly B. Palmer, professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

3. Express yourself.

"We're most attracted to people who are animated in their face and voice and body," says Paul Ekman, professor of psychology at the University of California Medical School, San Francisco. Use hand and head movements for emphasis.

4. Reach out and touch.

"When a woman touches a man's forearm during conversation, it shows that she's fully engaged," says Patti Wood, a psychologist who specializes in body language. Briefly touching your own neck or collarbone says you'd like to do more than just talk.

5. Stay on your feet.

At a party, standing up gets you noticed for obvious reasons: "We all pay attention to someone who's higher up," says psychologist Beverly B. Palmer. A more surprising detail: Watch where you point your toes. "You can tell if a person really likes you if their toes point toward you," says psychologist Lillian Glass, author of I Know What You're Thinking (John Wiley & Sons).

6. Dim the lights.

Candlelight is the most romantic, but it's not the most practical as a light source for a party. "Coral-and amber-hued bulbs are sexier than white ones and cast a beautiful glow that instantly flatters everyone in the room," says designer Todd Oldham.

7. Spray softly.

"The closer someone has to get to smell your fragrance, the more seductive it becomes," says perfumer Sylvaine Delacourte. Here's how to avoid OD'ing: Pure perfumes should be dotted on the wrists or behind the ears once a day; for an eau de toilette, mist a cloud in front of you and walk through it to pick up the right amount.

8. Flash your wrists.

The wrists are actually very seductive. "Their glands emit pheromones," says Martin Lloyd-Elliot, psychotherapist.

9. Straighten up.

"A sexy posture is relaxed but upright," says body-language expert Martin Lloyd-Elliott. "Look at the way dancers and athletes carry themselves: Their hips are aligned; their shoulders are even; they don't slouch. They give off a certain vitality and energy." Doing yoga or Pilates will help your body assume this position on its own.

Seems an awful lot of science went into that...

...Couldn't these scientists cure the common cold or something?

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