What would a scientifically perfect face look like?
England thinks it would mirror Florence Colgate's. The 18-year-old student recently won a competition to find Britain's most naturally beautiful face. Although the final test came down to an opinion poll, science backs up Colgate's perfection, according to the Daily Mail.
Her "flawless proportions" represent the optimum ratio between eyes, mouth, forehead and chin, the newspaper reports. For example, it's believed that in the most attractive female faces, pupils are just under half the width of the face; Colgate's ratio is 44 percent. The distance between eyes and mouth should be just over a third of the distance between the hairline and chin; Colgate's ratio is 32.8 per cent.
Scientists have also linked symmetry and beauty, and Colgate's face is almost perfectly symmetrical.
Leonardo Da Vinci may have been the first to apply science and math to facial beauty, the Daily Mail points out.
"Symmetry appears to be a very important cue to attractiveness," Carmen Lefèvre, PhD student at the University of St. Andrews' Perception Lab in the School of Psychology, told KentOnline. "Although we don't realize it in everyday interactions, in most people's faces the right and left half of the face are actually quite different. For example, the size of the eyes is different or the nose is slightly bent to one side. An explanation why symmetry is important is that it may be a signal of health and good genes."