If you've ever spent more time preparing for a hookup than you have for a job interview, you're not alone. Women spend an average of six hours (!) primping and prepping before they have sex with a guy for the first time, according to a new survey by U.K. lingerie retailer Bluebella.
Do these women have jobs?! OK, it may sound excessive, but just think about every manicure, pedicure, waxing appointment, or lingerie run you've done before a hookup. Now tack on how long it typically takes you to pick out an outfit, plus the time you spend on your hair, makeup and shaving before a date, and it doesn't sound so crazy anymore, huh?
Still, while we're spending a gajillion hours getting ready to strip down, it's probably not the most important thing in the world. In fact, when we asked Men's Health readers what they actually notice the first time they have sex with a new woman, we saw a lot of repeat answers. Beyond the obvious responses ("boobs!"), there were some definite trends:
Seriously—your bedroom confidence is one of the first things guys take note of when the clothes come off. He's not looking at that ingrown hair on your bikini line or that patch of dry skin. He's way more focused on how comfortable and self-assured you are. For a boost of self-esteem, try these six ways to feel sexier.
Yes, guys love when you take the reins in bed, and this is something that captures his attention way more than the perfect amount of sexy bedhead. If you really want to make a lasting impression, try these creative sex moves that neither of you will forget.
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We’re not kidding, this body part was actually the most mentioned among Men's Health readers. So if you really want to play up your features before a date, try these four beauty tricks to make your eyes pop. Or just hold his gaze as you tell him how amazing something feels.
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Sure, if primping for hours is going to make you feel more confident, then by all means, go for it! But if it’s something you absolutely can't stand doing (or just don't have time for), chances are he won't even notice. He'll be way too distracted by your general awesome, exciting, naked self to care (or even realize) that your pedicure needs a touch-up. Trust us.
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