You have no doubt heard the expression, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but did you know that the way humans process attractiveness is universal? Although it may seem like we have different tastes when it comes to what we look for in a partner, there are five features that science says we find the most attractive.
This doesn’t mean you need a big wide smile like Julia Roberts or a sultry pout like Scarlett Johansson, but it does mean that you need to take care of your mouth. Bright, pearly whites are inviting and show that you take pride in your teeth. If your teeth are yellow or you have a bad bite on your lips, you may be less inclined to smile. It also gives people the impression that you are cold and have no desire to interact with them. If smiling isn’t your strong suit or you don’t have the funds to fix crooked teeth, try putting on red lipstick. A red pout gives off confidence and draws attention to your mouth without exposing the teeth you’re not proud of.
Most people say they noticed their partner’s eye colour upon first meeting. While it is assumed that people with blue eyes are considered more attractive than those with brown or green eyes, this is not always the case. Eye shape and size are more prominent in this case than colour. You will notice someone’s eye colour if their eyes are of an average shape. This is the one instance where being average works in your favour. We tend to consider people with eyes that are too big or too small less attractive because that’s not the norm. If you cannot afford an eyelift you can try to play up smaller eyes or tone down bigger ones with makeup.
When it comes to breasts, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. It’s all about position, shape, and appearance. Whether your breasts are on the small side or larger than life, if they’re perky and sit proportionally on your chest without appearing saggy or droopy, you will be considered attractive. As we age, our breasts can lose their firmness and shift downwards. A breast lift can fix this problem, but if surgery is not in your budget, try a flattering push up bra.
A flat, toned stomach is something we all covet and it turns out it’s also something we collectively find attractive. Some people are able to achieve bikini-ready abs with diet and exercise while others aren’t so lucky. If you’ve tried diet and exercise but can’t lose that excess stomach fat, a tummy tuck or liposuction will work wonders. However, if you can’t afford either, there are products like girdles and control-top garments that can make you appear slimmer in the stomach area.
This is all about symmetry. If your nose is bumpy or crooked, it can appear asymmetrical. Rhinoplasty can fix this problem but not all of us are ready for a nose job. Unfortunately, makeup doesn’t always work to make the nose look more symmetrical and surgery is almost always the only option.
Although we all have unique and personal tastes in what we find attractive, we tend to gravitate towards people with symmetrical noses, flat stomachs, a beautiful smile and eyes, and perky (not necessarily big) breasts. Many of us strive to achieve these features through makeup, however sometimes the power of cosmetical art isn’t enough. In that case, some of us start considering cosmetic surgical procedures such as facelift, breast augmentation etc, which is A-okay!