We all know it when we see someone regarded as ‘beautiful’. But what is it that makes them so attractive?
Studies across different cultures confirm that women are seen as
beautiful if they have smooth skin, big eyes and plump lips – features
which are at their best in your early twenties, when fertility is at its
highest. And scientists believe that this combination of
characteristics has evolved over time to ensure the continuation of our species.
Aesthetics experts speak of the eyes and lips as making up the ‘central facial triangle’, where we focus our attention when looking at someone’s face. From before the time of Cleopatra, women have instinctively known about this, and used make up to accentuate their best features.
To create facial balance it is important to establish harmony between the nose, the chin and the cheek eminences. Beauty is associated with a regularity of the facial features where:
Skilful application of make up can create some of these effects, but we know this is only temporarily And there are limitations to what make up can do. The way to achieve a longer lasting balance of youthful looks is by introducing or restoring volume, whether to enhance what nature gave you in the first place or to rejuvenate, revitalise and soften the signs of ageing.