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The Halo Effect

The idea in psychology/sociology that attractive people are seen as angelic and are therefore stereotyped with having angelic qualities and treated with positive enforcement of these "qualities." Studies have shown that attractive people achieve more in life, are generally happier, and have more self-confidence. Quick Personal Story About 2 years ago, I was dating this really good looking, smart guy and I really liked him.  And I let him treat me...

A Youthful Appearance

This being my area of expertise, it's hard to know where to start, but first and foremost, I consider myself a bio-dork, so I'll start there! Biology of Youth-Universal The biological purpose of reproduction creates attraction to a youthful appearance by both men and women. Researches have found the female perception of beauty changes throughout the month (just like us woman to change our minds!).  Women typically prefer a mature, masculine looking man.  These characteristics include a heart-shaped face and small chin with full lips. During menstruation, however, woman are typically more attracted to softer, more youthful features.  These include a small nose, large eyes, and defined cheekbones (which males find...

Clear, Smooth, Even Skin

The conditions involving skin clarity can be broken into the following physiological categories: Environmentally Damaged Skin Environmentally damaged skin results from a history of overexposure to environmental elements.  The sun is responsible for 80% of aging!  Fibers that maintain the skin’s structure and elasticity (collagen and elastin) break down and slowly diminish, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin.  UV light can damage the DNA in the skin cells which can lead to different forms of skin cancer. Other environmental factors include: Harsh weather conditions which destroy the skins moisture barrier resulting in rough, dry, uneven skin tone and texture). Cigarette smoke results in free radicals which break down collagen...

Proportion: The Rule of Thirds and Fifths

A LESSON IN ART When composing a sketch of the human face, artists follow a guideline referred to as "The Rule of Thirds and Fifths."  Remember, naturally no face has perfect proportions, and the following is a mere guideline. The Rule of Thirds The face can be horizontally divided into thirds.  From the hairline to the glabellar line (eyebrows) is 1/3, the brow to the base of the nose 1/3, and the base of the nose to the chin one-third. The Rule of Fifths By using the width of the eye from corner to corner as a point of measurement, the face can be vertically divided into fifths.  Starting from the very...

Beauty Defined

What makes a person beautiful? It is a combination of inner beauty (psychological factors) and outer beauty (physical attractiveness).  Beauty is defined with individual, cultural and universal standards which every single person desires to achieve. Universally Beautiful Throughout time and across cultures, there are several characteristics of physical attractiveness.  Boston or not, beauty is: Symmetry proportion and layout among facial features (Proportion: The Rule of Thirds and Fifths) well aligned appearance on profile Clear, Smooth, Even Skin A Youthful Appearance. Boston Culture Although we are ranked as one of the countries most intelligent cities, we don't fare so well in the areas of physical attractiveness (or friendliness for that matter!).  It's 2011 Boston!  You can be both...