It’s hard to say exactly what attracts two people because there are so many factors. But many wonder what the scientific community have to say about the equation of attractiveness. Is beauty really only in the eye of the beholder? According to research, men do find certain features more attractive than others, and much of it is due to a subconscious, animalistic instinct. Traits associated with procreation, sensuality, and health are key players in the art of seduction. Whether that has to do with science — such as the controversial approach of evolutionary psychology — or simply our cultural standards and expectations of beauty, there are some generally observable trends that dictate what men find hot about women. RELATED: How To Attract Any Man You Want — 12 Expert Tips
So what are these ‘secret’ features that men 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 reproduction. Big hips and curved lower backs have long been thought to relate to a woman’s ability to conceive, though there isn’t much scientific evidence to back this up. For whatever reason, men (as a group — remember, these are general trends!) 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 the 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 sexy. Ditch the hassle of complicated updos or fishtail braids, and let your hair down before you go out. RELATED: 7 Secrets Of Attraction More Powerful Than A Magic Love Potion
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.
When people refer to having good chemistry with someone, they are referring to smell. 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. Scent is a natural attractor. Fragrance companies have been searching for a magical love potion for years, but the chemical composition for inducing love remains a failed pursuit. There is no one smell that seduces them all. Rather, certain smells attract certain males. Even more interesting, one’s smell can send a message of sexual preference or signal when a woman is having a menstrual cycle. Perhaps the old saying «love at first sight» should be changed to «love at first smell.»
6. Captivating eyes
It’s no secret that eyes are the windows to the soul. But when it comes to what men find attractive, men really can’t help but be enchanted by beautiful eyes. Almond-shaped eyes are uniquely effective for drawing the attention of a man, but color plays a huge role as well. Bright, light shades of any color will draw a man like a hummingbird to sugar. There is more to the eye than just overall shape and color. When studied for attractiveness, eyes with curvy slopes and dark eyelashes set further apart were perceived as more appealing, while closely oriented eyes with droopy eyelids would be seen as less attractive. RELATED: 3 Ways To Keep A Man Attracted And Lusting After You Forever
7. Tone of voice
Men perceive women with a higher pitched voice as more attractive. Vocal attractiveness has also been found to be a direct indicator of how one’s overall physical attractiveness is perceived. Women tend to deepen their voices and slow their speech around men in order to induce sexiness, but men actually prefer the higher, lighter tones. Vocal attractiveness also effects perception of personality. A pleasing voice is associated with a pleasing personality. The great thing about this trait is you can train your voice to be sexier.
8. Plump, kissable lips
A perfect pout is irresistible to men.
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In a study by Manchester University, lips were found to be the most attractive part of a woman’s body. Coated in red lipstick, men stared at a woman’s mouth for an average of seven seconds, whereas the eyes or hair held his attention for less than one second. Thin lips, when donning red lipstick, increased their attractiveness by forty percent. Lips are seen as the most sensual part of a woman’s body according to this research and coupled with the color red, it’s no wonder men are absolutely captivated by red lips. The point is, if you want to make an impact, quit fussing with your hair and find the perfect shade to make your lips pop. RELATED: 10 Different Types Of Guys — And What Your Attraction To Them Says About You Higher Perspective seeks to bring together like-minded individuals focused on personal growth and expanding their consciousness. We can be better to our planet, better to our brothers and sisters, and better to ourselves.
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This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author. what guys find physically attractive Looks will always matter when it comes to dating, especially with men. Men are visual creatures; always have been and always will be. Most guys tend to be pretty easy to please, though, and also have a certain favorite body part or physical feature that makes them weak in the knees. Have you ever wondered what guys find attractive physically and what features bring all the boys to the yard? Well, wonder no more. This article will tell you the full details on what men find most attractive. 1. Booty Look, men have been staring at women’s behinds for ages. It’s biologically wired in men to want a girl with a large behind, primarily because it’s a sign of good health. The rounder your butt is, the more likely it is that guys take notice. Most men love booty, even if they won’t admit it. Related: Men Like Big Butts And Science Cannot Lie 2. Breasts No, you don’t need to have large breasts to get guys to pay attention to you. In fact, most men prefer average to slightly smaller sized breasts. As long as they are perky and pretty, you’re good to go. 3. Legs A good pair of legs, specifically toned ones, will have many men turning their heads. Much like with booty, most men subconsciously see strong legs as a sign that you’re in good health and that in turn gets them interested. 4. Eyes Yes, the eyes have it. You’d be surprised at how many men will notice a woman’s eye before her body. Adding mascara, by the way, has been shown to boost how sexually attractive men find you significantly and also is known to make you look more youthful. So, eyes are definitely an asset to consider. 5. Lips Lipstick and lip gloss were made for a reason, you know. Guys do like to look at women’s lips, especially if they look thick and youthful. 6. Clear skin Acne is never sexy, ladies. Clear skin is something that men, adore — doubly so if it’s soft. Regular facials, the occasional trip to the dermatologist, and just having an overall healthy look to your skin is really attractive to just about everyone out there. 7. Hair For some guys, well-styled hair is their kryptonite. This is particularly true if the guys in question have a thing for a particular hair color. Speaking as someone who regularly dyes their head an unnatural shade of red or punk, having a certain flattering hairstyle is definitely something that will attract guys. 8. Well-kept nails, hands, and feet If you think guys don’t notice manicures and pedicures, you’re wrong. Foot fetishism is actually the most common kink in the world, and it’s also one of the only non-sexual body parts that actually come up in porn searches. So, those trips to the salon will definitely get men noticing. Related: This Just In, Ladies: 10 Things That Completely Turn Men Off 9. Your figure An hourglass figure has long been known to attract men, especially if it’s on the more svelte side of things. Thankfully, there are ways to lose weight or even camouflage the way your body looks — if it’s really that important to you, that is. 10. Your smile A good smile is something that really can make an average girl look like a model, and to a point, also can make a girl look more approachable and flirt-ready. Meanwhile, a scowl often translates into “Leave me alone.” So, if you’re looking to learn what guys find attractive physically, a smile can be a major man-magnet. Get the relationship you want by watching the video below and discovering how to attract the men you really want: Related : 13 Sexy AF Women On Instagram You NEED To Follow, STAT Keywords: attraction, beauty, Dating, men, attractive read more «Sexy,» of course, lies the brain of the beholder. What jazzes one person might repulse another. And as we all know, «sexy» exists in the context of a person’s total package—who you are, how you act, what you think. That’s the foundation for some of the wow-at-first-sight things you also feel when you interact with a potential dance partner, such as the way you look, the way you dress, and if you have an Aussie accent. So yeah, everyone’s sexy list may look a little different, but, generally speaking, here’s what men find attractive in women. So read on, and take note! And for the other side of the equation, don’t miss the 30 Things Men Do That Women Always Find Sexy. Especially when it’s worn the way men should never wear it—oversized, hovering over bare legs, with three buttons unbuttoned. Yep, that’s one thing men find attractive in women. And for fashion secrets that you can use, see the 30 Best Tips for Dressing Well in Your 30s. Men love it when women goof off: think and act in an out-of-the-box manner. It speaks of individuality and confidence. 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Even if a guy’s nowhere near ready for parenthood, there’s something special about seeing a woman’s maternal instincts in action. There are key aspects of the kettlebell swing—the intensity, the power of the movement, the whole body exuding strength from every tendon—that put the move a cut above everything else, as far as sex appeal is concerned. It’s to men what a guy doing a lot of pull-ups (flaunting rippling back muscles) is to women. Shutterstock Research from Thailand shows that modesty ranks high in traits we seek in others. And that goes doubly so in these «influencer» days of ours, where everything is derivative and nothing is genuine. The ability to say, «Oh, that’s not my idea. I got it from…» is an exceedingly rare treasure. In an Australian study that’s perhaps as perplexing as it is specific, one of the most attractive positions for a woman’s head (according to those rating head positions, apparently) is this: A slight tilt with eyes looking up. 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A woman making the first move is irresistible. Shutterstock One thing’s for certain: men will follow. Shutterstock A window into one’s personal life? Well, social media was invented as a tool to stay connected to family, friends, and the world at large. It’s rare—and, as such, a huge attractor—to see someone use it that way. Shutterstock Keeping some individual space is sexy. (Unless your messenger really, really, really, really needs you to reply with the Netflix password.) Shutterstock A Penn State study showed that kindness tops the list of what men find most appealing about women. An easy way to show kindness: Helping an elderly neighbor with their groceries. Shutterstock With a candle on the night stand, and eyes that look happy, curious, and content in a search. And for amazing books to read, see the 40 Best Books about Getting Older. When it comes to answering the question what do men find attractive in women, conversations matter. Dinner-table talk beats pillow talk. Current events beat vapid ones. Intellect is the mic-drop of all things sexy. In fact, a Northwestern University study found that cultural changes—in terms of increased gender-role equality—can override long-standing evolutionary thought that physical traits are the most dominant thing that men are attracted to. To quote a line from the TV show Community, after he receives his first straight-razor shave: «Why have I been shaving my own face this whole time?» Receiving a shave from a significant other is akin to that, except it comes with more intimacy than a guy can get from a barber who may or may not have opened his shop before the New Deal was minted. Yes, customer service reps screw up royally, and often. But few men can resist when a woman says, hey, it’s okay, really, we’ll figure it out. There’s enough of the vitriolic opposite in the world. (Again, refer to that University of Pennsylvania study that affirms the benefits of kindness.) Shutterstock ‘Nuff said. A University of Rochester study found that red is the most amorous color, possibly because of the evolutionary roots in which some animals redden before ovulation as an attraction mechanism. So whether it’s a dress or a blouse, wearing red amps is an instant trick for amping up the sex appeal. Maybe it’s not so much about the whole «looking smart» thing, but more so that men admire a woman’s supreme ability to not to look one way all the time—and that she can look so good in so many ways. Weaving in and out between hair styles, apparel styles, and facial adornments taps into a man’s desire for novelty. Shutterstock Whether it’s hers or his, men swoon for this move. The universal signal that men can talk about what happened last night—and their dreams for tomorrow. In a man’s life, it’s a never-ending game of tug-or-war: between his friends and his partner(s). If the two halves can make a seamless whole, though, nothing is better. Shutterstock Quiet, subtle displays of affection win over grand gestures of PDA all day, every day. To discover more amazing secrets about living your best life, click here to sign up for our FREE daily newsletter!
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