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The Average Face and Perceptions on Beauty

Posted April 30, 2013 in Case Studies

FaceResearch.org has conducted a study in which thousands of images were super-imposed over one another to create what has been deemed as “the average face” for each respective country.

What does an average Russian woman look like? Here’s your answer and a whole lot more, where thousands of faces have been averaged into a composite face for each of 41 different countries.

Facial symmetry plays a large role in what the eye perceives as beautiful.

Recent studies on perceptions of beauty and what constitutes “beautiful” have reached the conclusion that it is more than just facial symmetry — the closer to perfectly “average” a face is, the more beautiful it is perceived to be. Not to mention, when averaging faces, individuals’ natural differentiators fall away, creating highly symmetrical features.

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