We all know that attractiveness is always on your mind, because we all think about “allure.” Many people will say that attractiveness is defined differently by different people, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, that isn’t completely true. There is hard science behind this information; it is not a random opinion. Although this is just scratching the surface, and obviously there are cultural differences on what is found attractive in other countries, here are some tips to get you started!
Most important body feature:
It’s not what you think. Despite conventional wisdom that the eyes are the most important feature/determinant of a person’s attractiveness or lack thereof, it is actually the mouth. According to Gordon Patzer, Ph.D., a leading expert on the subject, it is the mouth that is the first facial feature seen and thus might well be most important. Smiles are easy to improve. Stock up on drugstore teeth whiteners or go to a qualified professional for a more significant transformation.
Multiple studies prove that a V-shape body on a man is more attractive. The ideal shape has a waist-to-hip ratio of approximately 0.9-1.0 and a chest-to-waist ratio of around 1.33. Obviously, the most important thing is to be healthy, but the right clothes can help you fake the right proportions. Rock a well-tailored blazer to give the impression of broader shoulders. If you need to give the impression of a slim waist, favor V-neck shirts that skim over your body. Be sure the fit isn’t too loose or too tight.
If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else? The feeling of knowing with certainty “who” you are – looks good on anyone. Unfortunately, people often confuse confidence with egocentricity. Show respect for yourself and others. Stand up straight and push through challenges. Demonstrate self-awareness. But remember, confidence without humility = a hybrid of a horse/donkey.
Scientific information may make you pause before reaching for the razor. Although more research needs to be done, a new study published in the Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior, May 2013, shows that a man’s facial hair strongly influences his “allure.” Researchers photographed 10 men at four stages of beard growth: clean shaven, 5-day “light” stubble, 10-day “heavy” stubble and fully bearded. Three hundred and fifty-one women and 177 heterosexual men viewed the photos and rated each face for attractiveness, masculinity, health, and parenting ability. Women ranked heavily stubbled faces as the most attractive. Men rated full beards and heavy stubble as most attractive. If you can only grow light stubble, just shave it, as light stubble was seen as the least attractive by both groups. If you aren’t sure you have hit the threshold of density and distribution to quality for the “most attractive” level, check out a picture of Adam Levine (Maroon 5) – his beard is just right!
Most important feature NOT to have:
On a related topic, research expert, Gordon Patzer, Ph.D., states “there is one face-body feature/part in both males and females that when present always contributes negatively to a person’s physical attractiveness. And, it indirectly aligns with somewhat recent findings about a person’s health in general. That body feature is: a protruding stomach.”
And remember….”Beauty without virtue….is like a rose without a scent.”