Examine this scenario:
Social Networking Mixer:
Person: Hi, my name is [insert name] ::hands business card::
Me: Oh hey, [insert real name] ::hands business card::
small talk small talk small talk small talk small talk
I flip person's business card and write a little blurb: " Woman with too much make up wearing some killer shoes. She likes dogs. Met at social networking mixer."
That is the only way I can remember people. I forget names and faces if nothing grabs my attention about someone's appearance. But usually I forget names more often.