What is it that makes a face look beautiful? What are the differences between very attractive and less appealing faces? For every historical period and every human culture, people have always had their own ideal of beauty. But this ideal has never been constant and is still subject to changes. In our research project we adopted an empirical approach and created prototypes for unattractive and attractive faces for each sex by using the morphing technique. For example, the prototype for an unattractive face ("unsexy face") was created by blending together four faces that had previously been rated as very unattractive. The "sexy face" was created by blending together four of the most attractive faces, respectively.

In order to find out the characteristic differences between attractive and unattractive faces, we presented pairs of one "sexy" and one "unsexy" image for both sexes to test subjects. The task was to report which facial features were perceived to be different between the two faces. For the results see the list below.




w_sexy.jpg
Prototypic female face of high attractiveness
("sexy face")

w_unsexy.jpg
Prototypic female face of low attractiveness
("unsexy face")



Characteristic features of the female "sexy face" in comparison to the "unsexy face":

Suntanned skin
Narrower facial shape
Less fat
Fuller lips
Slightly bigger distance of eyes
Darker, narrower eye brows
More, longer and darker lashes
Higher cheek bones
Narrower nose
No eye rings
Thinner lids



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The prototypic male face of low attractiveness
("unsexy face")

m_sexy.jpg
The prototypic male face of high attractiveness
("sexy face")



Characteristics of the male "Sexy face" in the comparison to the "unsexy face":

Browner skin
Narrower facial shape
Less fat
Fuller and more symmetrical lips
Darker eye brows
More and darker lashes
Upper half of the face broader in relation to the lower
Higher cheek bones
Prominent lower jaw
More prominent chin
No receding hairline
Thinner lids
No wrinkles between nose and corner of the mouth

http://www.uni-regensburg.de/Fakultaeten/phil_Fak_II/Psychologie/Psy_II/beautycheck/english/index.htm

Fascinating research by the University of Regensburg