This page has been optimized for print.

FALL'S FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Tips for Making a Lasting First Impression

New York, September 21, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Within the first three seconds of meeting someone, you make a first impression. The fall season ushers in many first encounters, from the first day of school to the first day of a new job. Looking and feeling your best will help you exude confidence, so follow these helpful tips to get yourself noticed.

Stylish Stand Out – While you should dress to impress on a first day, don't overdo it by wearing the latest trends from head-to-toe. Instead, opt for an outfit that makes you look and feel great. Be sure that it is ironed and lint-rolled so you look neat and put together. Top it off with one eye-popping accessory that conveys your personality, whether it is the bold cocktail ring you found in your grandmother's vintage jewelry box, a fun-patterned scarf from a European market, or hair flair like a feather headband.

Mega-Watt Smile – Studies show that your smile is one of the first things people notice. "If your coffee and red wine habits are making you self-conscious, try an at-home teeth whitening kit such as Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal," says Dr. Apa, a New York City Cosmetic Dentist. At about $45 a box, you get a treatment that provides dramatically whiter teeth that will last a year, and would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars at a dentist's office. The strips adhere firmly to your teeth, so you can talk, drink water, and get on with your first impression prep without interruption.

Sleep Tight – Being well-rested shows physically and emotionally. Best of all, sleep is a free beauty tool! Make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep the night before a big day. Your skin will retain a healthier glow and alleviate unwanted bags under your eyes. Additionally, the proper amount of sleep will leave you peppy and alert so anyone you meet will get 100 percent of your wow-factor personality.

Nail It – Meeting people for the first time usually results in a lot of hand-shaking. People notice a good grip as well as smooth hands and nice, clean nails. A manicure is an excellent and inexpensive way to pamper yourself before a big event. Ask for extra moisturizer and opt for a light neutral polish that won't be as noticeable if it chips.

First impressions do count!