8 ways to be more handsome by next week
Short-term transformations are rightly treated with caution. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day - and nor for that matter were George Clooney, Ryan Gosling or Idris Elba.
But that doesn't mean being a little more like them - handsome we mean, not rich - is impossible without full-scale plastic surgery (never works anyway) or black magic (ditto).
Instead, take these relatively easy steps to looking incrementally better and see the results within a week. No bull, just a little time and effort.
Sort out your eyebrows out
As a rule of thumb, anything you can find on your face needs a little upkeep and attention. Research from M.I.T showed that facial recognition is more dependent on eyebrows than eyes - so try not to ignore your furry friends. Some men are luckily in others in this regard, but we should all be plucking stray hairs and generally stopping things from getting out of control. Pay attention to the spot in the middle, and any errant hairs above and below your brows are also worth staying on top of. Plucking is time-consuming, though, so if needs be ask your barber to tidy your brows up when you're next in.
Get rid of that extra layer of fluff
Your clothes look significantly less impressive when every hair, loose thread and cat and dog you've approached in the last four months is visible all over your suit jacket. Invest in a lint roller which you can buy in any big supermarket for less than a coffee - and don't forget to do your back.
Read up on body language
Adopting little tricks, like holding your head up whilst walking through an office, can make you appear more confident and attractive. Angling your body towards someone is also positive move, whether it is with a friend or a romantic interest. For more insights read our list of body language secrets.
Get a spring in your step
A time traditionally for fresh starts, there's a reason they call it a 'spring clean'. Reinvigorate your look immediately by getting rid of all ill-fitting, stained or just plain tragic clothing that are no longer working for you. Remember, as Scott Omelianuk said: "If you're not sure whether it looks good on you, it doesn't." You can even donate them to charity and feel momentarily great about yourself.
Moisturising is that thing that women do, right? Well, yes, but it is not exclusive to women. While it seems second nature for men to use shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving foam and fragrance to clean and boost their appearance, there does seem to still be a hang-up on adding moisturiser to their daily routines. Why? Because having good quality skin is a bad thing? Just ask your partner what she thinks about that…
Refine your dating game
First impressions are important - and not just physically. Do your research when finding a date location, avoid somewhere noisy and don't be staring at your iPhone when she arrives. Beyond the first date, make sure your textual chemistry is spot on.
Sort your pad out
Your home is a reflection of you, whether you like it or not. Whilst totally renovating the place may not be achievable by next week, there are lots of easy de-cluttering and storage solutions that will transform your home quickly. Plus, DIY is super manly.
Stand up straight
Posture is a key factor in forming other people's perceptions of us - slouch or hunch over and you appear several stages behind in the evolutionary stakes. If you're plagued by a bad back try putting tape from the nape of your neck down your spine and from one shoulder blade to another. This will correct your posture and remind you to keep your back straight.