The concept of beauty is difficult to define. It’s highly subjective and very hard to pinpoint. Scientists have conducted numerous tests, from facial symmetry studies to how babies react to unattractive faces, all in an attempt to define what makes us beautiful. In today’s world, the idea of beauty is usually synonymous with the shallower, more skin-deep aspects. Big-name supermodels are paid $100 000 per day, just for being “beautiful” (NationalGeographic.com). Studies have found that attractive people make more money, get called on more often in class, have lighter court sentences, and are seen as friendlier (NationalGeographic.com). Being considered beautiful is clearly important, but this doesn’t mean that we have to resort to cosmetic surgery to meet certain standards. Beauty is, admittedly, skin-deep, but it’s also found deeper inside. Here are three easy suggestions on how to make yourself beautiful – inside and out.
1. It’s all in the eyes
The cliché about windows and souls is so true. A pair of beautiful, radiant eyes can be astoundingly attractive. If you want to be beautiful, you need to start here. According to a study done at St.Andrew’s University in Scotland, men generally prefer women with larger eyes (NationalGeographic.com). The best way to highlight your attractiveness is to emphasise your eyes. According to Medimanage.com, women should use some eyeliner and transparent mascara. It’s best not to over-do it and to create a natural look. Don’t hide behind sunglasses or clunky frames either.
The mouth is another area of beauty. According to NationalGeographic.com, a woman’s lips reach their fullest between the ages of 14-16. This is when she has a lot of oestrogen, as full lips indicate fertility (conversely, in menopause the lips get thinner). Men prefer a woman with full, plump lips, as this shows she can bear children and that she’s full of vitality. In order to highlight your lips, Medimanage.com, says women should avoid using lipstick and should use honey as a natural lip balm instead. Honey will keep lips moist, supple and pink.
Not only are full lips important, but a confident smile is also a big beauty asset. According to Oprah.com, studies show that a smile is the single most physically attractive feature. A confident smile projects inner confidence, as what we feel inside manifests outside. No matter what age or body type, a woman can look beautiful if she feels beautiful.
It’s difficult to describe what “beauty” is or how to become “beautiful”, but we all know beauty when we see it. The three most important aspects are definitely the eyes, lips and a bright inner confidence. If you can just focus on these simple elements, you can ditch the plastic surgeon, expensive cosmetics and the glossy magazine spreads.
Ang Lloyd is a freelancer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She writes on a variety topics including education and training, such as online beauty courses in Australia.