Scientists Reveal 'Most Beautiful' British Faces

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These were the two faces mapped by scientists which are supposed to be the world's most beautiful men and women. Dr Chris Solomon

Scientists have unveiled computerised portraits of the most "ideal" faces according to British citizens.The two-month study was led by Dr Chris Solomon, a world expert in facial mapping.

Solomon's team asked other UK-based facial mapping experts to construct composites which they deemed attractive using the EFIT-V Photofit computer programme, usually utilised by British police to produce images of wanted criminals.

Specific facial features which were taken into account by the software included nose width and length, lip thickness and hairline.

The generated images were judged by 100 people who rated them for attractiveness. Scientists then used this feedback to design the most desirable male and female faces.

Dr Solomon said the study revealed "interesting results" about what Brits consider to be "the epitome of beauty", and notable differences between a man and woman's perception of attractiveness.

"For the male face of beauty, women drew a more feminine face than men. Women rate a softer jaw-line, slimmer face, fuller lips and clean-shaven look as the most attractive, compared to the more masculine appearance that is considered the most attractive by men," he said.

"Interestingly, for the female face of beauty women rated a sexier appearance as the most beautiful than their male counterparts - women perceived fuller lips, a slimmer face, larger eyes and higher cheekbones as the most beautiful, more so than the male population."

He said these results are specific to British perceptions and acknowledged the results would undoubtedly be different for Asian or African populations.

The study, commissioned by Samsung, included a survey for who is believed to be the most attractive male and female celebrities. Actress Natalie Portman and model David Gandy came out on top.