The Lip Shape Men Love Most, According To Science

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The Lip Shape Men Love Most, According To Science

Between Angelina Jolie and Kylie Jenner, luscious lips are sought after by females all over the globe. Perfectly plump lips are thought of as sex symbol status and women have been heading to the plastic surgeon’s office with requests for fuller puckers.

However, while big lips may look good in the media, they don’t always translate well on the faces of everyday women.

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A 2017 study conducted by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery figured out the most attractive lip shape.

Researchers got together a focus group to look at 100 photos showing women with different lip dimensions. Their goal was to figure out which size and shape of lips were most attractive to the group.

When looking at the results, the study showed that the most attractive lip shape were those that increased 53.5 percent in surface area from the original image showed — i.e. the ratio of 1:2 of upper and lower lip.

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To sum it up, both women and men agreed that lips that were big, but not overly big were considered to be the most attractive.

The findings were pretty interesting since the trend, especially in the plastic surgeon’s office, is for a visibly larger upper lip.

“We advocate preservation of the natural ratio or achieving a one-to-two ratio in lip augmentation procedures while avoiding the overfilled upper lip look frequently seen among celebrities,” the authors concluded.

However, a similar 2017 study found that a 1:1 ratio of the upper and lower lip is the most attractive. Over 60 percent of the participants had chosen this as the ideal lip shape.

Plastic surgeon Julian De Silva said that his research concluded that singer Taylor Swift has the most attractive shaped lips. 

"Taylor's lips are perfect. She has a gorgeous voluptuous pout and a beautifully-shaped cupid's bow which so many women want. Cupid's bows can be enhanced and further defined with the use of specific amounts of filler in the upper lip to enhance the natural vertical columns that lie immediately about the upper lip. The use of a specific filler can also be used to enhance and redefine the overall contour of the lips," De Silva said.

Silva said that patients also most commonly request a "natural trout pout" with a slightly fuller top lip and an upper lip that doesn't have a defined cupid bow, like Julia Roberts. 

He also had some advice for how to maintain plumper looking lips for a longer period: "Don't smoke, stay out of the sun, and don't overdo the booze if you want your lips to be naturally full for longer."

While plump lips seem to be the trend according to media, the human psyche begs to differ. There were a few limitations, though, like the fact that the JAMA study was based on the features of Caucasian women, and that there weren’t really any guidelines for how the lips in the photos were modified.

So, before running to the plastic surgeon’s office to get your lips to a perfect 1:2 or 1:1 ratio, think about taking these studies with a grain of salt. And maybe try loving your lips as they are.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on April 3, 2018 and was updated with the latest information.

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Shannon Ullman is a writer who focuses on women’s health, sex, and relationships.