What Men Find Most Attractive About A Woman's Face

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What Men Find Most Attractive About A Woman's Face
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Women wear makeup and jewelry and fix our hair constantly.

Hopefully, we do those things to feel better about ourselves for ourselves and not just in an effort to be attractive to men — especially because research shows that plain and simple are the qualities guys want find most beautiful in a woman.

What physical traits and features do men find most attractive in women?

The results of a study conducted by French scientists and published in the journal Royal Society Open Science say the one trait men find the most appealing about a woman's face is how simple her facial features are perceived to be — assessed by qualities the researchers refer to as "sparseness and more generally efficient neural coding."

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Apparently, the simpler a woman's face, the easier it is for men to cognitively process.

This makes her facial features more pleasing to the eye, as our brain's have a tendency to gravitate toward simple stimuli.

For the study, led by Dr. Julien Renoult from the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, the research team wanted to better understand what traits men look for when judging the attractiveness of a woman's face.

A sample of 169 men who were recruited from the south of France were shown a series of random women's faces on a computer, and were asked to rank the faces on a scale between zero (the lowest point on the attractiveness scale) and 20 (yes, that's a double 10).

The researchers then developed an algorithm to filter out the facial traits that men found most attractive.

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The algorithm specifically looked for a trait known as sparseness in its appraisal of beauty — and found a strong connection between the two.

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"A sparse face is a face that is efficiently encoded in the brain — that is, using only a few neurons. In other words, they are easy to process in the brain," Renoult told Medical Daily. "Sparse faces typically are simple, with a smooth skin texture, few wrinkles, and smooth contour lines."

Women's faces that are the easiest for the brain to process are more symmetrical and plain, with no major distinguishing features.

Renoult said that this research could help to highlight the need for a better understanding of why we see certain physical traits as beautiful, how this perception evolves, and the role it plays in sexual selection.

"We found that sparseness can explain between 10 and 15 percent of variation in attractiveness, which makes room for many other biological, cultural, and individual factors that influence mate choice."

Who knew that having face that's basically the equivalent of a simple smiley face emoticon would be the standard of facial attractiveness for women?

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer, performer, and teacher who loves writing and performing personal narratives. She's had pieces in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Woman's Day, Purple Clover, Bustle, and is a regular contributor to Ravishly and YourTango. Check out her website or her Facebook page.

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on April 6, 2016 and was updated with the latest information.