When it comes to putting the moves on someone, no one can make themselves rejection-proof. But you can increase the odds of a good outcome.
Step 1: Look for cues Before approaching someone, try to catch their eye. If they hold your gaze for a moment and then fiddle with their appearance — like straighten their shoulders or touch their hair — chances are they’re interested.
TIP: Ladies, go man-hunting when you’re ovulating. Research shows that men are subconsciously attracted to women who are in that part of their cycle, which occurs 12 to 16 days before menstruation begins.
Step 2: Lock eyes If you’ve managed to engage your crush in a conversation, maintain eye contact. It’s called the 'anchoring gaze' and it fosters feelings of intimacy.
Step 3: Order some cheese If there’s any way to work a cheese platter into the evening, do so. Cheese is chock full of the chemical phenylethylamine, an aphrodisiac.
TIP: Cheesy pickup lines, on the other hand, are a turnoff!
Step 4: Don’t overshare Don’t provide too much information upfront. Ex-lovers, copious numbers of pets, prison stints, and radical weight loss procedures are best left for another time.
Step 5: Beat ‘em to the punch If it becomes obvious that the person you’re chatting up is not interested in you — their eyes are wandering; they’re grunting one-word responses; they’re not smiling — say, 'It was nice meeting you,' and move on.
FACT: People who meet in fear-inducing situations are more likely to find each other attractive.