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Does Your Face Have a “Good” Side?

Written on April 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm , by

Both sides of your face may not be created equal.

If you’ve ever joked with someone (or not joked!) about only photographing your best side, you might be on to something: A Wake Forest University study published in the journal Experimental Brain Research found that people perceive the left side of others’ faces as more appealing than the right side, perhaps because the left side of the face is more emotionally evocative, according to research. This finding is reflected in Western art, with the majority of artists portraying the left side of faces.

Tell us: Do you think your face has a better side? If so, which one?

What Wearing Makeup Says About You

Written on October 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm , by

Bad news for bare-faced beauties: Women who wear makeup are viewed as more competent, likeable and trustworthy, according to new research from Procter & Gamble and Harvard University. In two studies, separate groups of people were shown images of 25 women four ways: without makeup, and wearing three different makeup looks (professional, natural, and glamorous), then asked to judge their competence, likability, trustworthiness and attractiveness after looking at them for 250 milliseconds and for an unlimited amount of time. After looking at the faces for 250 milliseconds, viewers gave women made up in all three styles higher marks for competence, likability, trustworthiness and attractiveness than those without makeup.

In the second study, when volunteers got to linger over the pictures for as long as they wanted, they gave the same higher ratings to women with the professional and natural makeup looks. But, interestingly, they perceived the women wearing the glamorous makeup look to be more attractive and competent than the bare-faced ladies, but equally as likeable and actually less trustworthy.

Tell us: If you wear makeup, do you wear it for yourself or to convey a certain image to others— or both?