The Most Attractive Male Face Shape To Females - PsyBlog (2024)

These are the traits that make a male face most attractive to a female.

These are the traits that make a male face most attractive to a female.

Women find masculine faces more attractive, research finds.

This trait can be added to the other aspects of the face that are generally considered attractive, whether for a man or a woman.

These are:

  • Symmetry: people whose faces are more symmetrical are generally considered more attractive.
  • Averageness: faces that resemble others in the population tend to appear more attractive.
  • Apparent health: people who look healthy, because of their skin and overall appearance are considered to have more attractive faces.
  • Plain or simple faces: simple faces are easier for the brain to process and store so people find them more attractive, research suggests.

Attractive facial features

For the study of masculinity and attractiveness, heterosexual women were shown a series of faces that had been made to look more masculine.

Here is an example of a face made to look more masculine that was used in the study:

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The face on the left (a) is masculinsed, whereas the face on the right (b) has a more feminine look.

Women consistently chose the masculinised face as more attractive.

Women were particularly interested in the more masculine face in the context of a short-term relationship.

The researchers were trying to see if women’s hormone levels have any effect on the type of male faces they find attractive.

Other studies have found that women prefer more masculine faces when they are fertile.

In other words: do changing hormone levels make women go for more manly men?

Professor Benedict Jones, who led the study, explained that this was not what they found:

“We found no evidence that changes in hormone levels influence the type of men women find attractive.

This study is noteworthy for its scale and scope — previous studies typically examined small samples of women using limited measures,.

With much larger sample sizes and direct measures of hormonal status, we weren’t able to replicate effects of hormones on women’s preferences for masculine faces.”

There was no evidence that fertility-related hormones likeestradiol and progesterone were linked to changes in attractiveness judgements.

Previous studies suggested that the birth control pill, because it affects fertility hormones, reduces women’s attraction to masculine faces.

Again, there was no evidence of this in the current study.

All that emerged was that women thought more masculine looking men were more attractive.

Professor Jones said:

“There has been increasing concern that the birth control pill might disrupt romantic relationships by altering women’s mate preferences, but our findings do not provide evidence of this.”

The study was published in the journal Psychological Science (Jones et al., 2018).

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