Saturday, October 27, 2007

Appendix G: Facial Features/Facialmetrics

The structure and composition of the face is highly important for determining whether someone is attractive.

Facialmetrics is the mathematical and scientific calculation of an attractive face. The following images are examples of the way the face is divided into sections and assessed component by component.

Facial Features:

Women: Large Eyes, small nose and chin, prominent cheekbones, high eyebrows, large pupils, large smile, pout lips and even skin tone.

Celebrity Example: Carmen Electra typifies an attractive woman from the previous list.

Men: Prominent Cheekbones, large chin, wide smile, eyes that do not deviate from the average. Evolutionary theory also favours men who have bushy dark eyebrows and facial hair- as a sign of testosterone and verility.

Celebrity Example: Patrick Dempsey typifies each component of male facial attractiveness.


Barber, N. (1998). Secular changes in standards of bodily attractiveness in American women: Different masculine and feminine ideals. The Journal of Psychology, 132, 87-94.

Breckler, S.J., Olson, J.M., & Wiggins, E.C. (2006). Social Psychology Alive. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.

Cunningham, M.R., Barbee, A.P., & Pike, C.L. (1990). What do women want? Facialmetric assessment of multiple motives in the perception of male and female facial physical attractiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 59, 61-72.

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