The art of seduction
From the hint of a lacy bra-strap to the full-on approach of putting the double-D cleavage on show, the art of seduction differs with every woman. Like her fragrance.
Eve, God bless her, relied on fruit in the garden to bag her man, while Marilyn Monroe kept forgetting to go to her underwear drawer. But most modern women are far too sophisticated to rely on boudoir tricks for a romantic Valentine's Day.
Here are some seductive tips:
- Be subtle. It's what you don't see rather than what you do see which is usually a turn-on. A flash of flesh works better than OTT skin exposure.
- Be yourself. It pays to look original rather than turning up like a poor woman's Audrey Hepburn, or stealing a signature look such as Madonna's conical bra or Imelda May's fantabulous cockscomb hairdo.
- Be comfortable. You can't be natural and act yourself if you are trussed in a lace-up basque which makes breathing difficult and turns your face red.
- Play up your personality. Show off your fashion point of difference with thoughtful use of separates and accessories. Dramatic lacy tights are always a great topic of conversation, along with pretty hair accessories and drop-dead-gorgeous shoes. Not too high, though -- you do want to be able to dance at the end of the night.
Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, widely regarded as one of the sexiest women on Earth, recommends wearing something really tactile that feels nice to touch. Tempting fabrics that usually spark admiring touches include cashmere, silk and velvet.
In her book Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Dita also talks about how regular trips to the powder room will captivate other men in the room, and she suggests applying lipstick in full view of your victim.
However, be careful in the lips department, warns top Irish make-up artist Aisling Eyre.
"Don't wear lots of heavy, sticky lip-gloss if you really want to be kissed," she advises.
In other words, go for a subtle look, not the Venus Flytrap.