Is this the perfect face? Men say no, women say yes

December 12, 2013, 11:07 am Penny Newton lifestylechannels

According to an online survey, the difference between what men and women perceive as beautiful is stark - and a little freakish

What is the epitome of beauty? Men Vs Women
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The women's 'perfect woman' Photo: Escentual

Think beauty is universal? Think again - according to an online survey, when it comes to beauty, men and women really are on different planets.

According to a survey on British site, women think the perfect face women brunette, with huge lips, bushy eyebrows and a straight nose – while men think flowing blonde locks, green eyes, a wide forhead and thin, straight brows is the perfect visage.

The man's 'perfect women' Photo: Escentual


Asking readers to pick and choose the facial features of celebs, the male-idealised creation is a combo of Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston, Mila Kunis, Miranda Kerr, Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox—with blond hair (courtesy of Shakira).

Women, meanwhile, curated a brunette with features from Cara Delevingne, Keira Knightley, Freida Pinto, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson and Megan Fox.

A spokesperson for escentual.com, who commissioned the survey, said: "These two pictures demonstrate the different ideals men and women have when it comes to the female face.

"Interestingly, the faces are made up of a mix of different ages - 38-year-old Angelina Jolie was men's preferred choice for cheekbones and pout while 21-year-old Cara Delevingne was the women's top choice for eyebrows.

While both images call to mind a dead-eyed android more so than ‘the perfect face’, this isn’t the first time a ‘formula’ for the perfect woman has been devised.

Earlier this year, UK brand Morrison published their findings of the ‘perfect celebrity’ which featured wavy hair like Welsh songstress Katherine Jenkins and eyes like Pussycat Doll Nicole Sherzinger, with the nose of the UK Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron.

The rock hard abs of athlete Jessica Ennis, Beyonce’s shapely dancer legs, and the tiny waist of TV presenter Kelly Brook also rated highly.

But don’t take too much stock on the formula for what is perfect – it’s probably going to change in a few years anyway.

"The golden rule of division is an utterly cultural construct,” says Meredith Jones, author of Skintight: An Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery. “What we call the golden rule of division now was different 100 years ago, for example, in Victorian times a receding chin and almost disappeared chin was considered very beautiful with women along with the slight double chin that went with it," she told the SBS.

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