Dating

Stay the night without taking the walk of shame

Here's how you can avoid looking like you’re taking the walk of shame the next morning without being that desperate girl that shows up with an overnight bag!

Here's how you can avoid looking like you’re taking the walk of shame the next morning without being that desperate girl that shows up with an overnight bag!

A dating dilemma most women know very well... The guy you’re seeing invites you over for dinner and although you know it is 100% going to turn into a ‘sleepover’, of course you can’t reveal how much thought you’ve put into the situation by showing up with an overnight bag.

These hacks will ensure you rock that confident “I woke up like this” vibe and stay the casual cool girl you are.


Avoid the raccoon eye dilemma

One of the biggest decisions you face when ‘spontaneously’ sleeping over is whether or not to wash off your makeup.

Keep it on and your eye makeup will inevitably end up on your chin however washing your face without makeup remover will result in raccoon eyes.

The solution? Maintain your eyebrows and lashes regularly. Avoid mascara and instead get a lash lift and tint or opt for eyelash extensions. Visit a brow salon to shape and tint your brows or invest in eyebrow tattooing for natural looking ‘on-fleek’ features.

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Natural beauty is key

Despite popular belief, you really don’t need to lug over your whole beauty kit to look beautiful in the morning. Your brows and lashes will already look amazing so all you need to do in the AM is simply apply a tinted moisturiser then swipe on some lipstick!

Hell no to morning breath

Keep those mini toothbrushes they hand out at the dentist and in your handbag at all times, sneak into the bathroom and subtly brush your teeth after dinner. If that is too obvious breath mints are always a lifesaver!

Dress strategically

While you want to look AMAZING on your date (and dress for the occasion) keep in mind how you can style your outfit in the morning.

If you’re heading out for dinner opt for a chic pair of black skinny jeans and a sexy plunge top... Before you leave tie a lightweight scarf around your handbag as an ‘accessory’ and in the morning you have a scarf to cover up with and make the top daytime appropriate!

Or pop a tank top in your handbag and whip it out in the morning.

Keep a fresh pair in your bag

Nothing feels worse than slipping on last night’s panties.

Freshen up your bed head

Carry a Tangle Teezer in your bag, the compact size won’t be as bulky or obvious as your normal hairbrush but it will still get the job done of fixing that bed head. Keeping a travel size dry shampoo in your purse is also handy to insert some volume back into your mane.


These handy hints will ensure you avoid being that desperate girl who lugs over a duffel bag while looking naturally beautiful in the AM!

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Words: Frances van Eeden