Tips to take with you to the fragrance counter

You know by now that blinc's tube mascara and liquid eyeliner can garner you a lot of attention, but have you tried wearing perfume to get noticed? If you don't already have a signature scent to call your own, it might be time to take a trip to the mall and pick up a great fragrance that fits your style and personality. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect smell.

1. Avoid spraying multiple perfumes on your skin. After a while, you'll forget which area's been sprayed with what, and they'll all start to mix together, warns BaseNotes.net. Use the cards at the counter when you want to smell different products.

2. Cleanse your nose after every couple of scents you smell, otherwise your olfactory senses might get overwhelmed and you could get a headache. Some stores have coffee beans for you to sniff, but if they're not available, you can get the same effect from smelling the skin on the inner part of your elbow. Smelling your shirt works too.

3. Stock up on samples. After you find a few scents that you like smelling on the card, ask for samples of your favorite products. Some places let you buy a kit before you choose a fragrance, and there are plenty of online stores that sell cheap samples. Now you can wear each perfume and experience how it smells on your skin.

4. Know the notes. When you read about the perfume you're sampling, you may notice talk of top notes, middle notes and base notes. Top notes are what you smell first and they only last for about 20 minutes before the middle notes take over. The middle notes are the main body of the scent, reports SimonBlake.org, and they're strongest one or two hours after application. The base notes are the heaviest scents that remain the longest - smelling strongest after about six hours. To gauge how a scent with smell on you, it's best to spray it on and leave it all day, taking periodic whiffs.

5. Know what you already like. You should go to the fragrance counter with a list of a few perfumes that you've smelled that meet your fragrance goals, whether it's adding intrigue, innocence, freshness or sophistication to your style. The assistant can steer you toward products that fit your criteria.