Is beauty really only in the eye of the beholder? Or are there certain features that steal the show when a man looks at a woman?
According to research, men are attracted to certain features over others and this is mostly due to a subconscious, animalistic instinct. Traits associated with procreation, sensuality, and health are key players in the art of seduction.
So what are the traits that men secretly find attractive in women?
1. Hourglass figure
An hourglass refers to a hip to waist ratio where thick hips are in! Women often think men like skinny, but body shape attractiveness on an instinctual level has more to do with how its perceived in relation to reproductivity.
Big hips and curved lower backs relate to a woman’s ability to conceive. Women often think men like skinny, but men are most often attracted to a voluptuous figure, which includes wide, child-bearing hips.
A small waist and curvaceous hip region signals youth and fertility. So don’t disguise your shape. If you’ve got hips like Shakira, rock them!
2. Physical symmetry
In ancient Egypt, physical symmetry was the ultimate sign of perfect beauty. This is perhaps due to its associations with a strong and healthy bloodline.
Whether they know it or not, men are often motivated by an instinctual drive to procreate. When set side by side, a face that is altered to be more symmetrical is perceived as more beautiful.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a perfectly symmetrical face; there are plenty of makeup tutorials to even out asymmetrical features. Besides, no one’s face is perfectly symmetrical.
3. Gorgeous, long tresses
In a 2003 study published in Human Nature, researchers studied the effect of six different hairstyles including: the top bun, disheveled, unkempt, short, medium-length, and long.
The study found that long to medium length hair was perceived not only as more attractive but a sign of health and longevity.
Short hairstyles tend to seem more manly and updos have a feeling of being more uptight. A long luscious flow is inherently s*xy. Ditch the hassle of complicated updos or fishtail braids, let your hair down before you go out.
4. The color red
Forget the little black dress! When it comes to attracting the male gaze, it’s all about the color red.
According to a 2008 study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester, the color red is highly seductive when it comes to the attraction of men to women.
The study showed that men chose a woman in red over any other color. Think of the colors of Valentine or the red light district, red is the color of seduction and has even been found to be an aphrodisiac.
5. Pheromone smell
When people refer to having good chemistry with someone, they are referring to smell. According to an article in Smithsonian magazine, scent can be altered by mood and other biological changes.
The smell of a women’s tears, for instance, can lower a man’s arousal and testosterone levels. The scent is a natural attractor.