“Symmetry” & the faces of the most beautiful man and woman in the world.
The ideal female face
Near perfect facial symmetry
Almond-shaped, brown eyes: 0.48* distance apart from eye centres, each is 0.23 width
Arched, shaped eyebrows: 0.125 distance above eyes
Slim, small nose: 0.37 length, 0.1 wide at bridge and 0.25 wide at base
Full lips: mouth 0.38 wide
Regular, smooth jawline: chin 0.21 length
Heart-shaped face: 1 wide at eyes, 0.81 wide at mouth and 1.44 long
*Face width at the height of the eyes = 1 unit. All other measurements use this unit and are thus a ratio in proportion to it.
The ideal male face
Near perfect facial symmetry
Oval-shaped, blue eyes: 0.46 distance apart from eye centres
Medium-thick eyebrows, straight with curved ends: 0.07 distance above eyes
Slim, mid-length, straight nose: 0.38 length, 0.11 wide at bridge and 0.26 wide at base
Average lips (neither full nor thin): mouth 0.35 wide
Square jawline: chin 0.27 length
Oval-shaped face: 1 wide at eyes, 0.88 wide at mouth and 1.33 long
Computer scientists used facial imaging software to create portraits of the most beautiful man and woman in the world. They say actress Natalie Portman and British male model David Gandy are the closest real life examples to their two images. Led by a world expert in facial mapping, Dr Chris Solomon, the team spent two months asking people to put together a composite of the perfect face using the EFIT-V PhotoFit software used by UK police. As a British newspaper tells the story, those results were then judged by another 100 people who rated them for attractiveness, allowing researchers to create composite pictures showing the archetypal faces of male and female beauty.
These are the images—and real-world examples of each feature—they came up with:
Natalie Portman and David Gandy are the best real life examples.
David Gandy ranked the most attractive male celebrity in the survey (Rex)
A very successful male model in England.
The study, commissioned by Samsung to mark the launch of its new Galaxy S6 phone, revealed only what Brits consider to be the epitome of beauty.It’s important to realize that these are the idealized faces according to those living in the UK. A study in Asia or Africa for example would likely have different results. Dr. Soloman, an academic from Kent, said the study revealed some differences between men’s and women’s perceptions of ideal beauty.
The female perception of male beauty
Soloman says, “For the male face of beauty, women drew a more feminine face than men – women rate a softer jaw-line, slimmer face, fuller lips and clean-shaven look as the most attractive, compared to the more masculine appearance that is considered the most attractive by men.”
The female perception of female beauty
“Interestingly, for the female face of beauty, women rated a sexier appearance as the most beautiful than their male counterparts – women perceived fuller lips, a slimmer face, larger eyes and higher cheekbones as the most beautiful, more so than the male population.”
The male perception of male beauty
If you want to see how you measure up, check out The Anaface Facial Beauty Analysis . The app apparently uses “facial symmetry, facial structure, and the golden ratio to calculate the beauty of anyone.” You upload a photo, plot markers on your face and then emerge with your self-esteem riding high or shot to pieces depending on the “facial beauty” score the app assigns you.