science :: how we see beautiful

Is the woman pictured on the right more attractive than the woman on the left? Do her wider-set eyes, the longer distance between her hairline and the bridge of the nose, and the rounder shape of her face make her more beautiful?

The photograph on the right was doctored by the “beautification engine” , a software program developed by computer scientists in Israel, that resconstructs the face using an algorithm involving 234 measurements between facial features, including the distances between lips and chin, the forehead and the eyes, or between the eyes. It was based on a study where men and women between 25 and 40 years old, viewed photographs of white male and female faces and picked the most attractive ones. The program alters the original form into a theoretically more attractive version, while maintaining what programmers call an “unmistakable similarity” to the original.

Weird... Although there isn't a huge difference in these photos, it makes it obvious why lip injections have become so popular. Read more about it at in the NY Times. It's fascinating and JUST COOL!

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