A computer programme usually used to draw up e-fits of wanted criminals has been used to create the UK’s idea of what constitutes the most beautiful face in the world, for men and women.
The pictures are the result of a two month-long study led by Dr Chris Solomon, an expert in facial mapping, which asked people to put together a composite of the perfect face using the software used by the police. It takes into account factors including the thickness of the lips, nose length and width, and hairline.
The 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.
Dr Solomon said the study, commissioned by Samsung, revealed “some interesting results about what Brits consider to be the epitome of beauty”.
The academic said the study also threw up some differences between men’s and women’s perceptions of ideal beauty.
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.
Interestingly, for the female face of beauty women rated a sexier appearance as the more 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.